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Just Found tyhis on the Michael Lee/Mystifier Blog,

It is with Great sadness that I report the passing of my mentor & dear friend Peter Reveen Sr.

As many know Reveen mounted some of the most Beautiful illusion productions in the History of the Theatre.

Peter James Reveen passes away at age 77
Oct 8, 1935- April 8, 2013


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Peter James Reveen, best known as ‘Reveen the Impossiblist.’ He passed away peacefully at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 8, 2013 from complications due to diabetes and dementia.
Reveen was a world-renowned entertainer and it was with great pride he shared the stage with his family, performing his acclaimed hypnotic show to generations of families around the world for more than 50 years.
Reveen was a loving husband, father and grandfather, a successful entertainer and business manager, a respected illusionist and magic historian, and a trusted friend to hundreds all over the world. He was one the most extravagant illusionists in recorded history, and he was one of the most respected hypnotists in the world.


Reveen had great respect for his audiences and became lifelong friends with many of the people who attended his shows. He will be remembered for his extraordinary sense of humor, his willingness to share his knowledge and advice without expectation of something in return, his generosity and his humble dedication to charity. His incredible memory provided him with an endless supply of stories and jokes that he enjoyed sharing with friends and family.


The Reveen family takes comfort in knowing that he is now at peace. We are proud to have shared him with countless fans, friends and family around the world and we are incredibly grateful for the kind words of support from the many people whose lives he touched.
A memorial service is being planned to honour the great entertainer.


BIOGRAPHY:

Born in Adelaide, South Australia in 1935, Reveen presented more than six thousand live performances during his 50 year career, frequenting many parts of the world including Canada, United States, Australia, New Zealand, Bermuda, England and Scotland. His career in the entertainment industry began as a magician at the early age of eight years old. By 1955 he became a full-time entertainer. Although his fame as a hypnotist would quickly rise and continue to eclipse his achievements as an illusionist, his passion for the magical arts remained the predominant force that influenced and shaped his career.


In Reveen’s words: “Magic has always been my biggest hobby. My love and dedication towards the magical arts helped to fulfill my dreams as a child and taught me how to be a great entertainer.”


Best known for demonstrating the powers of the superconscious mind, Reveen enjoyed great success in Canada starting in the 1960’s. He combined his supernatural memory demonstrations and advanced knowledge of hypnotism with theatre, showmanship and promotion to create a fascinating and hilarious performance that audiences found irresistible. His success began to skyrocket. Requests for private sessions led him to release voice recordings on LP, cassette and later on CD. He received his first gold record in 1967 following the first 100,000 sales of ‘Relax with Reveen.’


A lifelong scholar, by 1973 Reveen had already dedicated 25 years of intense study to the science of hypnotism when he was asked to teach at Brigham Young University and the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He lectured classes and assisted with research on how to apply the science to benefit patients. He also opened a private hypnotherapy practice.


Reveen returned to his magic roots in 1976 when the family performed at Caesar’s Palace, and then as the starring act of the Folies Bergere at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas. This led to several appearances on the Merv Griffin Show. The following year he expanded once more and toured the magic show, with successful runs in Toronto and Montreal. In 1989, a performance for the NHL All-Stars weekend led him to Australia the following year for his final grand illusion tour.


Most of Reveen’s time throughout the 1980’s and 90’s was focused on his touring superconscious performances. He began to get more involved in business management after successfully negotiating a record breaking deal for magician Lance Burton at the Monte Carlo Hotel in Las Vegas in 1995. He finally retired from touring in 2008 following a series of sell-out performances in Atlantic Canada. By then, Reveen had set attendance records around the world, including at such famous venues as Scotland’s Edinburgh Playhouse, the Yonge Street Theatre in Toronto, the grand old St. Denis in Montreal and Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre.


In 2011 he proudly announced that his son Tyrone would be his successor, to continue the Reveen legacy as ‘The Next Generation.’ Fans of Reveen were thrilled, and welcomed him to the stage for a series of shows in Eastern Canada in 2012. He is scheduled to begin his 2013/2014 tour soon.


More Reveen Achievements:

He was immortalized in a 1960s comic book, Reveen & Sons Unlimited
In 1987 Reveen became a best-selling author when he wrote of his research in ‘The Superconscious World’
In 1997 Reveen received a Performing Fellowship from the Academy of Magical Arts.
In 2000, Reveen won the ‘Dragon Award,’ an annual award given to magicians who excel in drama, glamour, artistry and originality.
In 2005, in honor of Reveen’s dedication to learn and perform in fluent French, a French documentary was made about Reveen’s career and broadcast across Canada.
In 2009, Canada’s CBC Television broadcast a biography titled “The Man They Call Reveen,’’ spotlighting his career in magic, mentalism, and hypnotism throughout his 55+ years as a performer.
In 2009, Reveen was honoured at a Gala Tribute as Magician of the Year by the International Brotherhood of Magicians.
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Rest in Peace Reveen the Impossiblist
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I am very sorry to hear of his passing. I remember seeing his large magic and illusion show in the seventies (?) both in Toronto and Hamilton. It really was amazing and at the time (I believe) the largest touring show of its kind. He was a great talent and surely will be missed. RIP Reveen.
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I got to see Peter several times over the years, first with his hyp show in the late 60's, and again in the 70's, and then a couple of more times with the second version of his illusion show that played Toronto, and then ended up in Montreal (and closing here). He was always pleasant when I would visit with him, and very generous with his time for his fans.

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R.I.P. Peter Reveen

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Peter was a wonderful man..
He did a lot of large things for Lance Burton as well.
I remember when I was a kid, we went to Vegas for a family vacation.
We were driving around looking at houses and saw his home. I had a Genni magazine with me with his house in it.
We saw the same house while on our drive and just went up and knocked on his door.
My father told him that I was a kid magician and he and his wife invited our entire family in to visit for a few hours..
That was a great day in magic for me.

What a great man..
I will miss him and I'm sure he will be missed in our craft.

RIP my friend,

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RIP Peter.
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R.I.P. Peter Reveen. Smile
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While I have several video clips of him performing, I only got to see him perform live once, in Salt Lake City. It was his Hyp show. It was the most entertaining Hyp show I've ever seen and I've seen a lot, including Ormond McGill. At one point he did the Knight's Tour. Normally this is pretty dry, but he made it electrifying.

With his passing, we have lost one of the greats.

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Thanks for this thread and the postings.

Another thread about Reveen's passing can be found at: http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......forum=36
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