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THE MAGICAL LIFE
OF BRUCE KALVER
A versatile performer with many skills, all relating to magical arts, Bruce has honed his craft for over half a century and is well respected among his fellow entertainers. Feel free to look around this site and learn all about Bruce's skills, performances, and history.
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Local Magician wins Top Magic Honor - The Christopher
Rhode Island magician Bruce Kalver has won a top honor for his lifetime commitment to the art of Magic. The Milbourne Christopher Foundation Awards were presented on October 1 at the Garde Arts Center in New London, CT and is the first person in Rhode Island to receive this honor. Past recipients of Christopher Awards include Shin Lim, Harry Blackstone, Jr, and David Copperfield
The Christopher Awards are presented to a handful of magicians each year. Categories include Mentalism, Close-Up Magic, Stage Magic, Illusions, as well as a Lifetime achievement and Masters award. A final award, Ambassador of Magic was presented to Mr. Kalver by an eight member awards selection committee for his “accomplishments and contributions to expanding the art of magic.” Aside from performing, Kalver has been writing columns for various magic magazines on using technology in magic. The committee also sites his connecting with magicians both young and old globally.”
Bruce Kalver has been performing magic for 56 years. Billed in his early years as “Rhode Island’s Youngest Magician,” he performed for parties and events throughout New England. As his passion grew, he then went on to a life of spreading his magic to theaters, cruise ships and corporate events.
Currently, he is presenting magic lectures and master classes to future magicians around the world. A regular performer at The Magic Castle in Hollywood, Bruce was also the National President of the world’s oldest magic organization, The Society of American Magicians which began in 1902. Past presidents include Milbourne Christopher, Howard Thurston, Harry Kellar and Harry Houdini.
The Milbourne Christopher Foundation was established by Maurine Christopher (1920-2013) in 1989, and was created to perpetuate the memory of her husband and his lifelong interest in encouraging excellence, originality, and leadership in the art of magic and to helping keep conjuring on a level with other popular entertainment forms including dance, drama, comedy, and music.
I'M ON A PODCAST!
Here’s the story...
On my recent appearance at The Magic Castle, Ken Levine was on my guest list. You’ve seen his name before as a writer for such shows as Cheers, Frazier, M*A*S*H and more. I am a big fan of his Podcast, Hollywood and Levine, which talks about the behind the scenes of television, writing, and entertainment. His podcast is like a master class on working in television.
After the show (like we did last year when he came to the Castle) we spent the evening talking about our love for nostalgia and working on radio. At the end of the evening he invited me to come to his home and be on his podcast to talk about magic.
Being on Ken’s podcast was a thrilling highlight of my trip. I am truly honored that he asked me. Please take a listen. Subscribe and comment. I think you will be pleased.
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