Gerald got his first glimpse of great magic shows from Virgil and Julie and Willard the Wizard. He would watch The Ed Sullivan Show on television every week, waiting for Richiardi to appear. The images of those great performers remained in Gerald’s memory. He was lucky to have Robert Rowntree, a fine magician from Abilene, Texas for his first mentor. Gerald worked with Bob, Bob’s son and daughter on their stage show “The Amazing Robert”. He got a taste of real show business working on the show.
Gerald was fifteen years old when he made his first professional appearance as an entertainer. In both solo and ensembles, he has appeared from Los Angeles to Washington DC, Las Vegas to the Foro Cultural Azcapotzalco in Mexico City. He has seven published works on the art of sleight-of-hand including The Ostrich Factor and Wisdom of the Cups and Balls, was a columnist for MUM magazine, is a past President of the Texas Association of Magicians and twice received the Ren Clark Award. In 1996, his one man parade for the Linking Ring magazine won both first and second prize awards. Gerald considers himself fortunate to have worked with many talented and well-known artists of the past, including Dai Vernon, J.B. Bobo and Lee Grabel.
Gerald holds a Master's degree from Texas Tech University and studied at the University of the Americas in Mexico City. The Fort Worth Star Telegram described him as, “one of the top sleight-of-hand experts . . . a phenomenal artist . . . a sleight-of-hand virtuoso.” He retired from full-time performing in 2015 and moved to Arkansas to be near his family.