Craig Browning at Dragonskull Magic.
|"I was born (appropriately) on the morn of the
Autumn Equinox (Sept. 23) in 1959... I was the first son, grandson,
great grandson, etc. and my family legacy lends its own fair share of
intrigue (including my maternal grandfather's association with one Mr.
My interest in magic started via the ruse of a very 'evil' man named Mark Wilson and that corrupting TV show of the early 60s "The Magic Land of Alakazam"... I was all of four and by the time I was six I was getting a quarter a head from kids in the area, who came to see me make my pet beagle vanish...
Richardi, in the mid-70s, is who first sparked my interested/hunger for the bizarre & macabre. Several years later it would be Glenn Falkenstein and Leo Kotska (sp) that would plant some enduring seeds in my mind re: mentalism. It was however "fate"that ripped me away from my beloved illusions... before we go there we need to cover one other element...
From the summer of 1982 and thru 1988 I worked and studied with the late Charles W. "Kirk" Kirkham who (unofficially) one Sunday morning, along with his wife, told me I could claim title as being his successor... Unfortunately the "needs of the one outweighed the needs for my ego" and thus, I forfeited the collection, allowing the boys to sell it off so as to cover medical bills surrounding Chuck and Phyllis in their last days.
In the early 90s I ended up in Vegas and worked with Ken Whitaker during the early months of Creative Illusions. As such I helped in the development (and general effect/ops) of Shadow Vision, the See Thru Step Loader, and several other key pieces.
The day before Harry Blackstone passed I was in a car accident and broke my neck... this was the beginning of my more serious turn away from major illusions and into the mentalism. Though the macabre side has always been there and I've frequently fallen back on doing Readings as a Day Job, this really was the turning point. Compounding this, was the discovery of a degenerative condition in my spine and hips which more or less demanded that I start doing shows that involved props which weighed less than 25 lbs."
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