Lance Burton (born March 10, 1960) is an American professional magician. He performed more than 5,000 shows in Las Vegas over a period of 14 years. He has been awarded the title of “Magician of the Year” and “Best Magician” by the Academy of Magical Arts.
Burton was born in Louisville, Kentucky. His father was a truck driver and his mother was a homemaker. He has two older sisters. Burton began practicing magic at the age of 10. He was inspired by his older sister’s boyfriend, who was a professional magician. Burton began performing magic shows at local schools and churches.
Burton attended the University of Louisville on a drama scholarship. He dropped out of college after one semester to pursue a career in magic. He moved to Las Vegas in 1982 and began performing at various hotels and casinos. Burton became a headliner at the Tropicana Las Vegas in 1985. He performed there for 14 years.
Burton has won numerous awards for his magic performances. He has been featured on television shows such as The Tonight Show, The Today Show, and 60 Minutes. He has also been featured in magazines such as Time, Newsweek, and People. Burton has written two books on magic, Lance Burton: Master Magician and Lance Burton: Secrets of Magic Revealed.
Burton retired from performing in 2010. He currently resides in Las Vegas with his wife and two children. His net worth is estimated to be $40 million.
Date Of Birth
March 10, 1960
Make Believe, Mysteries of Magic: Vol. 1, How to Juggle & Other Cheap Tricks with Marty Pollio
Resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, and headlines at the Lance Burton Theatre (which he helped design) in the Monte Carlo Casino-Hotel. [December 2001]
Is good friends with world famous Illusionist Criss Angel.
Uses classical music extensively in his stage shows, and is a financial supporter of the Las Vegas listener supported radio station, KNPR, the only classical music station in Southern Nevada.
Nearly died when an escape trick he was performing for the taping of a television show went awry. He was tied to the tracks of the Desperado rollercoaster at Buffalo Bill's Casino-Resort in Primm, Nevada, with an unoccupied rollercoaster riding on the tracks, when he discovered he couldn't free himself from his bonds. He escaped, quite literally, at the last possible moment (he later commented, "That was STUPID!"). He frequently opens his stage shows by showing that clip on a projection screen.