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Masked Magician

Local Address: Hollywood, California, United States
 
Background

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    New Magic Society
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Val Valentino Val Valentino (TheMaskedMagician.com), The Masked Magician, has starred in a multitude of international and national TV specials. His four blockbuster FOX TV Network specials were among the highest rated in the history of the network, and garnered better numbers than the World Series. He has successfully performed more illusions on Television in one year than any other magician in history.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY wrote that The Masked Magician is "more spellbinding than David Copperfield's, Lance Burton's and Siegfried & Roy's entire bag of tricks combined. Valentino was also honored on EW's prestigious IT LIST as one of the "Top 100 most creative entertainers in show business.
Biography
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Producer Val Valentino, The Masked Magician, has starred in a multitude of international and national TV specials. His four blockbuster FOX TV Network specials were among the highest rated in the history of the network, and garnered better numbers than the World Series. He has successfully performed more illusions on Television in one year than any other magician in history.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY wrote that The Masked Magician is "more spellbinding than David Copperfield's, Lance Burton's and Siegfried & Roy's entire bag of tricks combined. Valentino was also honored on EW's prestigious IT LIST as one of the "Top 100" most creative entertainers in show business.
What has The Masked Magician been doing since his first FOX TV specials? He has been in high demand worldwide, producing TV specials, "live" performances, product endorsements, commercials, TV cameos, consulting on magic projects, etc. He has been awarded the equivalent of an Academy Award in Latin America, and received tremendous recognition throughout the Far East, United Kingdom and virtually the world. The Masked Magician believes that magic transcends all languages, and appeals to all ages.
Due to his tremendous Television success, CBS wasted no time in signing Valentino to a two-hour special episode of the DIAGNOSIS MURDER series starring Dick Van Dyke.
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Valentino creates "the magic" then proceeds to reveal the reality of the illusions before a captivated television audience on his MyNetwork TV series, MAGIC'S BIGGEST SECRETS FINALLY REVEALED. There are rumors that Producer Valentino my or may-not be the man behind the mask in the New Series.
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Valentino is a consultant on the project, and is working closely with Bruce Nash, Robert Kosberg, head of Nash's feature film division, Andrew Jebb and Virgin comics.
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Val Valentino is an amazing entertainer who fell in love with magic at the tender age of 5, and knew that this was his destiny. His father gave him his first illusion, THE BALL AND THE VASE TRICK, and by age 11, he was entertaining professionally by performing magic for parties and at community functions.
He continued to perfect his craft during his teen years, and performed in THE INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL AWARENESS PROGRAM for over a million students throughout the Unified School System. By his early 20's he was touring with major stars nationwide, and was a popular performer at the historic Magic Castle in Hollywood, California.
In addition, he starred in legendary musician Herb Alpert's MAGIC MAN video. It had the distinction of becoming one of the very first music videos.
His first national TV break came with an appearance on THE MERV GRIFFIN SHOW. Merv was amazed with Valentino's performance and stated that "Valentino is a gifted magician; an astounding performer with an unbelievable performance. The acclaim that Val Valentino had been receiving nationwide opened the door for a stunning career in Las Vegas.
He became an instant success and earned wonderful reviews. Hollywood's Daily Variety commended "his combination of irresistible sensuality and spellbinding exoticism. The Las Vegas Review Journal stated that "He ranks among the top few in the city."
Valentino has headlined in some of the top theaters in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Reno NV, Biloxi Mississippi and Lake Tahoe. He has starred in the popular production SPLASH at the Riviera Hotel, headlined for six years in the world famous "Copa Room" theater at the Sands Hotel and performed throughout Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Hilton, Caesars Palace, The Plaza Hotel and Maxim Hotel. He also continued to tour his sold out stage shows nationally and internationally.
The Fox TV Network approached him while he was touring, and asked him to consider becoming a magic consultant on its upcoming MAGIC SECRETS
REVEALED special. He agreed to participate if the producers would reveal only the older magical illusions. They did, and history was in the making.
Valentino knew that his life long dream as a magician was in jeopardy due to the nature of the TV show, but he felt that it was more important to have a magician working closely with the staff then not. Valentino gallantly took the opportunity for the better good of the Art of Magic, when all other magicians backed away and feared possibly tainting their careers.
He worked closely with Director Don Weiner to create a show that would dare to be unique, challenging and exciting. The media and TV fans embraced The Masked Magician, and a new star was born. There was an uproar in the magic community, due to the fact that many magicians did not understand Valentino's motives and his lifelong dream of promoting his love of magic, sharing his passion with his viewing audience and inspiring a new generation of magic fans.
Val Valentino is currently creating a New Magic Society, THE MASKED MAGICIAN'S ACADEMY OF MYSTICAL ARTS.
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1997 - The Masked Magician , Val Valentino, provokes much controversy by exposing magic secrets on major Fox TV specials.
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Val Valentino Val Valentino (born June 14, 1956) is an American magician, illusionist, and actor, who gained notoriety by starring in four magic specials exposing magic secrets on the Fox Network, using the stage name the Masked Magician. http://wn.com/Val_Valentino
MagicianSchool.com | Val Valentino | Biography
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Val Valentino (born June 14, 1956) is a American magician, illusionist, and actor, who gained notoriety by starring in four magic specials exposing magic secrets on the Fox Network. He goes by the stage name the Masked Magician or Mr. M. The character of "The Masked Magician" was invented earlier by Andy Kaufman and Bob Zmuda (YouTube video is available).
Biography
Valentino was born as Leonard Monatono in East Los Angeles, California.
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In his teens, Valentino performed with the "International Cultural Awareness Program" for over a million students throughout the Unified School Systems. The performances also included revealing magic secrets to encourage others to become magicians.
By the end of the 1980s and into the 1990s, Valentino had moved to Las Vegas, Nevada and was performing in casino shows including Viva Las Vegas and Splash, after having appeared on The Merv Griffin Show, as well as in a music video by Herb Alpert.
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Fox's Alternative Programming division was looking for a magician to appear in a series of specials revealing the secrets behind selected illusions, and they had a long list of potential candidates, Valentino among them. Although he initially turned the network down, Fox was willing to negotiate, and Valentino eventually signed, promising that he would only reveal the secrets behind old illusions. However, when the programs aired, many newer illusions were also revealed. This sparked controversy, as many feared that their illusions were now worthless.
For a span of two years (circa 1997-1998), Valentino was known as the Masked Magician on FOX specials called Breaking the Magician's Code: Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed which exposed long-guarded trade secrets. e also appeared in this persona on a 1999 episode of Diagnosis Murder.
In numerous public appearances, in which he kept his Masked Magician identity and had his voice disguised, Valentino said his motive behind the shows was to force magicians to invent new tricks and illusions rather than constantly relying on the old ones. When he finally revealed himself at the end of the fourth show, he emphasized that he felt revealing the secrets would encourage kids into trying magic instead of discouraging them, and that the entertainment of magic shows was more in the magician's showmanship instead of the wonder of how the trick was pulled off.
The show has returned to broadcast on MyNetwork TV, and Valentino is believed to be reprising his role as the Masked Magician.
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