Lance Burton’s Biography
Las Vegas magician Lance Burton’s introduction to the world of
magic began before his sixth birthday at a Christmas party he attended
with his mother. The featured magician asked for a volunteer and an
eager Lance bolted up onto the stage. The maestro performer did a
trick known as "The Miser's Dream" and (seemingly) pulled silver
dollars out of his bewildered, impressionable assistant's ear. Lance was
hooked. From that moment on, he knew what he wanted in life and
nothing would deter him from it.
Lance Burton’s progression towards international stardom was both consistent and steady. He
entered his first competition as a junior magician in 1977 and won first prize. His maturity as a
performer was becoming evident. In 1980, shortly after his 20th birthday, Lance Burton became
the first winner of the coveted "Gold Medal for Excellence" from the International Brotherhood
Lance realized his greatest success on August 11, 1994 when he entered into a contract to star in,
produce and direct a new and lavish version of his magic show in the Monte Carlo Resort &
Casino. Lance’s greatest honor of all was to have a $27 million theatre built especially for him
and designed to his specifications which has been named The Lance Burton Theatre.
Other interesting facts:
Lance Burton was both the first American and the youngest performer to be so honored on
July 10, 1982 at the "F.I.S.M." (Fédération International Société de Magie) in Switzerland by
winning the "Grande Prix" which recognized him as a "world champion magician."
He was twice awarded "Magician of the Year" by the Academy of Magical Arts.
Lance was honored to have performed for the late President Reagan, (during his presidency)
and Mrs. Reagan, in Washington, D.C.
Lance produced, directed and wrote his own show, which opened at the Hacienda Hotel in
mid-1991 and played to packed houses for five years.
On May 12, 1994 Lance Burton was given the honor of having the "Mantle of Magic" passed
to him from Master Magician Lee Grabel which made Lance the new member of what has
been called "The Royal Dynasty of Magic."
In 1998, the first Blackstone Theatre Award was presented to Lance Burton for excellence in
Lance Burton’s television appearances and specials have aired throughout the world. He
performed on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson 10 times, and is a regular guest on
talk shows such as "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno and "The Late, Late Show" with
Craig Kilborn. He’s also a regular on the Travel Channel, appearing on numerous shows.