Magician Channing Pollock died March 19 in Las Vegas from complications due to cancer. He was 79.
A mentor to top-tier prestidigitators such as Lance Burton and David Copperfield, Pollock’s act consisted of exquisite card manipulations and featured doves in his productions.
After graduating from the Chavez College of Magic in 1952, he toured throughout the United States and Canada. In 1954, after appearing on the “Ed Sullivan” TV show, Pollock’s career took flight. He performed for President Eisenhower, the queen of England and at Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly’s wedding. Returning to this country in 1959, he appeared in the Las Vegas production shows “Follies Bergere” and “Lido de Paris” as well as at the Latin Quarter in New York.
By the late 1950s, Pollock diversified his career and he made guest appearances on the top TV shows of the time such as “Bonanza,” “Daniel Boone” and “The Beverly Hillbillies.” Pollock also appeared on variety shows including “The Andy Williams Show” and “The Liberace Show.”
He acted in five feature films including “Musketeers of the Sea” and “Rocambole.”
Pollock is survived by his wife, Joann, and a son.
A memorial service will be held at the Magic Castle, Hollywood on April 2. Call the Castle to confirm at (323) 851-3313.
A Las Vegas memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. May 13 at the Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino.
Donations may be made to Encore Foundation, 4200 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., PMB 106-379, Washington, D.C. 20016.