Troy Milligan - Magician Milligan & Marianne
For me it all began in 1963, when I was first entranced by that
mistress who would forever marshal my future ~ magic! It was then, at
10 years old, half a century ago that I saw the Tony Curtis movie
"HOUDINI", the film was released the year I was born, 1953. It was
during the straightjacket escape that I decide magic would be my
I studied magic and lock picking at the library and met my first when I
was 16. This was also when I learned about the Delaware Knights of
Magic. I was invited to attend an open meeting and meet the members and
their families at Jack Scurries house. This is where I also met my
future wife Georgina (George Poirier's daughter) when she was but 13
years old. I was hooked on magic and her... I returned to several
meeting and was promptly informed that I was too young to be considered
for membership. I kept coming anyway and with the help of my mentor
Paul Zill they finally just let me join! The DKOM is still the best
magic club I have ever seen!
I proposed to Georgina in a magic show at an Air force base in Illinois, married in 1975.
1977 found me touring with the James E. Strait Shows - Sideshow Freaks
Attraction. I worked 3 seasons with the likes of Melvin Burkhart, Sealo
the Seal Boy, Lester-Ester the Hermaphrodite, Prince Arthur the Worlds
Smallest Nego Midget, Emmet the Alligator Skinned Boy and Priscilla the
Monkey Girl and many more, I was in heaven, these were my heroes
growing up! These early years my performances were formed and supported
by many of the DKOM members like; Sam Bailey, George Proud, Joe
Brennan, Al Hit, Tex Counts, Jim Munden, Sam Holveck and Paul Zill...
Just to name a few. The most generous members of any magic club.
1981 We moved to California to help improve my magic career and I
promptly auditioned with National School Assemblies and was booked on
my first school tour. I performed 580 shows over the next eight months
then did two more years with them working all across America.
1985 I started working phone promoted shows for Big Jim Strong out of San Francisco.
1986 I formed my own promotion company and booking agency and focused on fund raising shows for the next several years.
1990 I got the opportunity to go to Japan and ended up performing on
sever islands throughout Asia for just over four years... Japan was my
1991 I put together a large illusion show with six female assistants
for a theme park in Japan. This is where I met my current assistant
Marianne and we have been partner ever since, best assistant I have
1995 I found myself back in the USA and needed to reinvent and rebuild
my client base. Marianne and her husband moved to Sacramento so we
could keep working together, we were truly a magical pair. I decided to
avoid the birthday party stuff and small shows to focus on clients that
had money to spend and started my trade show magic business. Best
financial move I ever made. I also put together a River Boat Illusion
show that we booked several times in Sacramento aboard the Delta King
1999 I was hit with some difficulties that made life hard but the trade
show magic helped pull me through. But, I was not performing as much
and the depression helped me get fat, lazy and out of shape.
All considered I have lived a charmed life. My career as a professional
magician and escape artist has spanned generations. I have performed in
virtually every venue conceivable from my days as a freak swallowing
razor blades and fire to working a prison in Okinawa, Japan, where I
pick pocketed the Warden's wallet on stage, the inmates loved it.
I have performed at half time shows for professional sports teams and
school shows in every state in the union. I have performed for blind
children and created a magic routine for a contestant in the Miss
California pageant. I have been on late night television, even several
DR. Shock shows that were my favorites, plus I even presented magic on
the radio. I currently have several magic clients I coach and help in
developing new routines and teach them how to better market their act.
Now I am excited to later this year share my quick healthy weight loss
program and workout ideas that have also been inspired Houdini.
While I have enjoyed an enduring career bringing smiles to countless
many, one goal has eluded me ~ Performing Houdini's Water Torture Cell.
That is changing... I have now strengthened my mind and body, changed
my stagnate thinking overcoming obesity and conquering diabetes. I am
on my way to performing Houdini's greatest illusion. This journey has
brought me back to life and given me the opportunity to honor the
Legend that shaped my magical life. Follow me and support my adventure
if you can, check out my KickStarter.com project Becoming Houdini, it
has been life saving!
Below are images, first is our KickStarted image with a link to our Project.