L. C. Collier
LC Collier was born in California, but lived in Kansas City most of his life. While working for an attorney’s office, in 1984, he wrote an article for their newsletter about some employees who were moonlighting as clowns. In doing the research for the article he became swept up in it and hired them to perform at his daughter’s birthday party. Right before the party the main clown had a stroke! He couldn’t disappoint the twenty-three guests that were coming, so he went out and bought make-up and did the show himself. It was awful, but he fell in love with magic. He played a clown for about a year, but hated the make-up started getting more and more into the magic. Magic took over his life and a little over a year later he sold his business (a collection agency) and became a full time magician.
In his first four years of performing he won two international magic contests, and won the I.B.M. Ring 129 Stage Magician of the Year twice with a dove act. He went on to win over 10 magic competitions with other acts during his 21 years as a professional magician and was runner up countless times. He loved magic competition because he believed the work involved in preparing for them made him a better magician. He was highly involved with the local SAM and IBM magic clubs and served as president and held various other board positions during his many years of active involvement in the clubs. At one time he acted as the Society of American Magicians special appointed liaison with the International Brotherhood of Magicians.
L.C. was not only a fine performer but a talented craftsman, before his involvement in magic he was an accomplished painter, designed and made jewelry, and carved wooden statues. He used those skills and others to build some of the finest magic props through his company Poof Products. Many of his props were sold in countries all over the world.
While skilled at both close-up and stage magic, L.C. enjoyed performing on stage more than anything else. He was a performer that left nothing to chance, his routines were planned and scripted but always come across as fresh and spontaneous. The real magic was how he connected with an audience. Those who saw him perform knew he was a real magician, not only on the stage but in day to day activities he brought joy to others. His funeral was a true testament to the kind of man he was. It was standing room only and included waiters/waitresses of restaurants he frequented, cashiers of local shops, past clients, peers and friends, some came from hundreds of miles away because of the impact he made on their lives.
The booklets available on this website were all written after many years of refinement and are the result of real world experience. A few of the booklets include all the details of his award winning, reputation making routines and others offer practical performance advice. There is no fluff in these books, just professional material that you and your audience will enjoy!