Magic New Zealand® is proudly sponsored by International
Wand - Ron Wilson the Uncanny Scot
am sorry to report the Ron Wilson the Uncanny Scot died last
night of a heart attach in Los Angeles California
Who's Who In Magic
Copyright by Lybrary.com, reproduced with permission.
(Dundee, Scotland: 1 Oct 1926- ) Aka "The Uncanny Scot".
Learned 1st trick (broken-and-restored matchstick) around
age 5. Semi-pro close-up since 1940s. Moved to Canada (Windsor,
Ontario) in 1952 & then, in 1966, to USA (Los Angeles).
Pro close-up & cabaret magic since 1966. 1972 AMA Magician
of the Year & Best Close-up Magician. AMA Board of Directors
since 1969 & its Vice President since 1974. Articles in
Tops, Genii, & Talisman. See Richard Kaufman, The Uncanny
Scot: Ron Wilson (1987, 157pp). [Mag;Wh2]
interest in magic was strengthened after watching Dante when
he came to Dundee to perform. By the age of nine, he had given
his first show at a hotel in Ireland during a family vacation
nineteen, after army service, he joined the Dundee Magic Circle
where he became a close friend of Harry Carnegie and Johnny
Geddis. Wilson played small towns one night stands and tried
working in his father's business but finally decided to seek
his fortune in Canada around 1952. He went to Windsor, Ontario,
across a river from the Detroit where he became acquainted
with Karrell Fox and Milt Kort. Wilson did a CBC-TV shot in
Toronto and played club dates in the surrounding area of Detroit
left the cold Canadian winters to move to sunnier California
where The Magic Castle became a cornerstone of his career.
This led him into performing at celebrity parties in Beverly
Hills homes. He also started working cruise ships.
estimates that he has played roles or done inserts, in about
television shows including "Fantasy Island", "Rhoda"
and "Ironside." Sometimes he would be a technical
consultant or do the hands for actors as a gambler dealing
poker hands and executing false cuts and push-throughs.
performed all over the world including Russia, China, Africa,
Japan, India, Sweden, Hong Kong, and Las Vegas.