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Broken Wand - Ron Wilson the Uncanny Scot

I am sorry to report the Ron Wilson the Uncanny Scot died last night of a heart attach in Los Angeles California

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Wilson, Ron[ald Murray]
(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]


Wilson's 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 trip.

At 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 and Toledo.

He 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.

He 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.

Wilson performed all over the world including Russia, China, Africa, Japan, India, Sweden, Hong Kong, and Las Vegas.

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