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Steven Shaw


Stage Name: Banachek
Bio: Born in England and raised in South Africa and Australia, Banachek began performing before his arrival in the United States in 1976.  He as been a consultant for entertainers and magic TV shows around the world including Penn & Teller, David Blaine, Lance Burton, James Randi and Criss Angel. During the early-1980s Project Alpha hoax, Banachek was one of the “psychics” that fooled scientists at Washington University into believing that their supposed psychic abilities were genuine. Also, with James Randi, he took part in an investigation of alleged faith healer Peter Popoff’s activities, which ultimately exposed Popoff’s false claims.

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Dai Vernon (1894-1992)

Canadian show Celebrity Revue hosted by Carol Taylor and Peter Pit.

‘Dai Vernon: The Spirit Of Magic’ (Toronto: History Television – The Canadians: 1999) produced by Great North Productions in association with History Television and the CRB Foundation’s Heritage Project.

Stage Name: The Professor
S. W. Erdnase – The Expert at the Card Table
Alan “Bill” Kennedy (1897–1961)