Peter Reveen

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Peter J. Reveen
Born (1935-10-08)8 October 1935
Adelaide, Australia
Died 8 April 2013(2013-04-08) (aged 77)
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Occupation Stage hypnotist, illusionist

Peter J. Reveen (8 October 1935 – 8 April 2013) was a stage hypnotist and illusionist who performed mainly in Canada, and particularly Atlantic Canada.[1]

Early life[edit]

Reveen was born in Adelaide, Australia, and first came to North America in January 1961, landing in Honolulu, Hawaii. From there, he took an unpleasant boat ride to San Francisco, California and purchased a Greyhound Bus ticket to Vancouver, British Columbia.[2] As both Canada and Australia are members of the Commonwealth of Nations, Reveen was granted a six month visitor's visa on 16 March 1961.[2]

Career[edit]

Reveen began his career in the town of Chilliwack, BC, booking himself into local community halls and legions, calling himself Reveen, the Impossibilist. To promote his shows, Reveen offered complimentary tickets to all businesses willing to put a poster in their storefront window. In many towns, he also offered local radio stations a percentage of ticket sales in exchange for advertising.[2] In 1962, The Man They Call Reveen was given the opportunity to perform in a movie house and his career took off. He toured extensively through Canada and the United States for 35 years, eventually performing for over 6,000,000 people.[2] In September 2007, Reveen came out of retirement with a mini-tour of Atlantic Canada called The Return of Reveen.[2]

Reveen was one of the founding members of the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, California, and in 1987 wrote the book The Superconscious World. In 2000, he won the DRAGON Award, an annual award given to magicians who excel in Drama, Romance, Artistry, Glamour, Originality and Necromancy.[3]

After Peter's death in 2013, his son, Tyrone, continued on with the "Reveen" show.

Personal life[edit]

Reveen was married to Coral Reveen and had 4 sons (oldest to youngest): Wayne Reveen, Tyrone Reveen, Calvin Reveen, and Peter Reveen Jr. Peter Jr. is best known as the former guitar player in the now defunct American hard rock band Salty Dog.

Cultural references[edit]

Samples from his self-hypnosis LPs, including Relax with Reveen, Study and Concentrate with Reveen, and Stop Smoking...Stop Overeating with Reveen, feature on some modern Electronic music, such as the Lemon Jelly track Nervous Tension, and Bonobo track Shadowtricks.

Trailer Park Boys' character Ricky is occasionally called "Reveen", much to Ricky's displeasure, due to their vague physical resemblance.[4]

Reveen appears to be the basis for a Saturday Night Live parody commercial about a hypnotist who gets audience members exiting the theatre to robotically drone "It was much better than CATS, I would see it again and again." to a reporter.

In an episode of the Canadian sketch comedy program The Holmes Show, there is a sketch featuring Roman Danylo as a stage hypnotist named "Crevasse the Impossiblist". A crevasse is similar to a ravine, and is a pun on the name "Reveen".

During his May 2009 Late Show with David Letterman appearance, comedian Norm Macdonald revealed he went to one of Reveen's shows as a teenager.

Notable honours[edit]

In December 2009, IBM Ring 257 named Reveen their 2009 Magician of the Year.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Played numerous times in Atlantic Canada starting in 1960's". News957. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Peter Reveen ~ The Impossiblist". Robertlamar.ca. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  3. ^ List of Dragon Award Winners
  4. ^ "On Rick". Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Peter Reveen to Be Honored by Fantasma Ring 257". The Linking Ring (The International Brotherhood of Magicians) 89 (10): 70. October 2009. 

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