Burton also is featured on a PBS special paying tribute to his early idol in the field of magic, Channing Pollock. Burton and Pollock appear together on the program, which was taped in Las Vegas in April for showing later this year.
Early career: He became interested in magic at the age of 5 and began putting on neighborhood shows as a boy. He entered his first competiton as a junior magicians at a convention in 1977 and took first prize.
Breakthrough: In 1980, at age 20, he was the first winner of the "Gold Medal for Excellence" from the International Brotherhood of Magicians. He then moved to Southern California and appeared on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson." Carson invited him back nine times.
Early career: Performed at the "Folies Bergere" at the Tropicana for for nine years. In 1991, he opened his own show at the Hacienda Hotel, which ran for five years.
Current: In 1994, he signed on to a contract with the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino and has been there ever since.
Notable: He has been awarded "Magician of the Year" twice by the Academy of Magical Arts. In 1982, he won the Grand Prix Award at the international Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques (FISM) competition in Lausanne, Switzerland. He also won the 1998 Blackstone Theatre Award. He has performed for Queen Elizabeth and for President Ronald Reagan. In 1994, he was given the honor of havine the "Mantle of Magic" passed to him from Master Magician Lee Grabel.