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The story of Ron Guttman - The Party Magician
Ron’s interest in magic was sparked at a typically early age by an uncle who dabbled in the art as a hobby but was also something of a story-teller and perhaps part of the New York City magic scene in the late 50s. The performing bug had bitten!
Ron began performing more seriously in the 8th grade when he took up the guitar and while in high school in the mid 60s he started to pursue a musical career. He appeared in many revue and variety shows throughout high school with comedic, dramatic and musical roles.
He continued performing throughout his university years with appearances at college coffee houses as well as in several comedy revues at Hart House Theatre with one of Canada’s oldest theatre companies.
Later, his proficiency as a guitarist landed him an appearance on a CBC Superspecial with noted guitarist and musician Mason Williams.
He has even done some standup comedy so it should come as no surprise that his magic has a comic edge.
Sketch Comedy - Skule Nite - Hart House Theatre - 1975
Ron became a significant and visible part of the Toronto magic community in 1990, combining elements of music, comedy and drama to entertain his audiences. Coincidently, storytelling is a significant part of many of his shows. And all shows feature a lot of audience participation. In a twenty minute club set he may use more than twenty volunteers. Everyone gets involved when Ron takes the stage.
Ron takes his art seriously. In addition to studying the art of magical performance (he is an alumnus of Mystery School which was featured on the CBC’s W5 program) he is an ongoing student of improvisation and acting. The results are evident in Ron’s unique style of theatrical magic.
Each year the Sid Lorraine Hat & Rabbit Club, the Toronto chapter of the International Brotherhood of Magicians holds a stage magic competition. For the past several years, Ron has consistently placed among the top three competitors. In 2006, Ron walked away with top honours with his unique presentation of Bagels and Locks.
First and foremost, Ron considers himself an entertainer. And with his featured Family Magic Show, he has been entertaining audiences in cities across Canada and beyond.
Whether it’s Mingle Magic up close and personal, mystifying feats of mental telepathy, or laughing with the kids at a neighbourhood or family gathering, you owe it to yourself to find out why so many agents and event planners already rely on Ron to deliver a memorable performance.
My first headshot (1967)
Sketch Comedy - The Early Days!
Skule Nite - Hart House Theatre