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Thursday, May 21, 2009


His name is Mike Randall, he is a magician and ventriloquist and he says he never met a puppet he didn't like!
At the age of 7 Mike was in an automobile accident and had to be hospitalized for 3 months. Grandma to the rescue while in bed in the hospital, he needed something to keep his mind and hands busy, so grandma bought him 7 Disney puppets. Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Shaggy Dog and some other characters as well, this kept the young lad busy while waiting to be released to go home, but while playing with these puppets it started a young boy on a path that would open many doors.

For holidays and birthday gifts mike wanted just one thing, you guessed it puppets and vent figures. Not only were they given to him, he also learned to make his own, from what ever was laying around, socks, paper mache, plastic wood, even paper bags.

Like many baby boomers, Mike was entertained by the Ventriloquist Greats of the 50's & 60's Bergen and McCarthy, Winchell and Mahoney and Knucklehead and Jimmy Nelson Danny O'Day At the age of 11 or 12 Mike got his hands on Winch's "Ventriloquism For Fun & Profit" and immediately went to work talking to "himself" and building puppets.

After graduating he soon auditioned and won the role of the "Marvelous Magical Burger King"(1978) for Western New York, Pennsylvania and Southern Ontario. One of twenty "Kings" hired and trained by the Burger King Corporation, Mike learned first hand about performing magic for children, presenting hundreds of shows over a two year period. Soon becoming a leading king under the tutelage of Tony Hassini the great magician and special effects coordinator. Soon Mike was training other kings for Burger King.

Mike created his one man show of Mark Twain, performing nation all. While putting together his one man shows he is still performing his magic and ventriloquism. If you have further information on Mike Randall let us know here.

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