Murray, who is well known in Vegas and worldwide is about to show up at the famed Hollywood Magic Castle, where everyone who is anyone in the magic and illusion world has appeared. Highlight Hollywood spoke with the star recently, in anticipation for his arrival. And the very brilliant and talented performer is uplifting and very exciting to chat with. Murray’s star power has exploded onto the entertainment scene with the charisma, personality and talent of an entertainer born to be on stage and screen, after his successful run as a semi-finalist on NBC-TV’s “America’s Got Talent.” The #1 network summer series was viewed by over 22 million fans nationwide. Murray dazzled the judges: Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel by producing a Ferrari from thin air, transforming a girl locked in a cage into a 450 pound tiger and did the largest trick ever on “AGT” by vanishing an entire 1918 steam train locomotive in mere seconds. All of these illusions took place before a “live” and national “TV” audience, and brought standing ovations from the judges.
The outstanding magician is very aware of what he does, how he looks and branding. He tells us, “Yes, I do get laughed at about my appearance. I worked very hard and decided early on to attain a certain look, that is part of my persona,” said Murray, who laughed when I told him, that he must have also known Phyllis Diller, an iconic star, actress and comedian often spoke about the same thing. “Yes, I know Phyllis Diller also knew how to make herself look more funny. She would often times cut her evening gowns shorter, to make them look funnier. I really enjoy traveling the country, and recently performed in Iowa, and when you are going to another venue, that may not be decorated just for your show, you have to be the show, so I welcome my funny looks, Tommy,” Murray added.
Fans of all ages were amazed and entertained when Murray performed 3 spectacular feats of illusion on “America’s Got Talent” last season. He charmed judges Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel with his signature electric blonde hair, personality and talent, while working with tigers, trains, cars and beautiful assistants.
Murray currently guest stars on the “hit” History Channel TV series “Pawn Stars” as a magic expert, and hosts the “live” “Pawn Stars” shows in venues throughout the country. He recently completed filming 5 episodes of a new kids’ TV series called “The Jadagrace Show.” Murray plays a comical re-occuring role on the show as “Murray the Magician.”
Murray co-starred on the popular VH1-TV series “Celebracadabra” highlighting pairs of magicians and celebrities who competed for $100 hundred thousand dollars and the title of “Best Celebrity Magician.” He has guest-starred on the comedy TV series “Reno 911” and NBC-TV’s “Last Comic Standing.”
But, it’s his upcoming show at the famed Magic Castle that has everyone buzzing, and Murray is quite aware of it. It’s not the star’s first appearance, Murray has performed in concert worldwide, and will return to headline at the historic Magic Castle in Hollywood, California, June 3-9, 2013. “I’m excited about it. What a place to perform, the history at the Castle is legendary, and I’m honored to be asked back,” said Murray.
Murray John SawChuck was born in Burnaby, British Columbia – Canada and always had the passion for adventure. At age 3, he began swimming and golfing. He learned how to play the accordion, keyboard and saxophone at 5 years old. At age 7, he began dance lessons that included: ballet, Russian, swing, break dancing, ballroom, etc. He was an avid athlete and enjoyed participating in soccer, baseball, snow skiing, horseback riding and other ventures.
Murray’s parents, John and Arlene presented him with a Siegfried and Roy magic kit when he was 7 years old and his uncle and aunt Bill and Olga gave him a magic gift that changed his life. Murray envisioned himself as an entertainer incorporating magic, music and dance in his routines. He wanted to perform for audiences like his idols Dean Martin, Johnny Carson, Lucille Ball, Danny Kaye and Phyllis Diller.
As a teen, Murray had over 21 different jobs from bus boy to fixing bicycles, and lifeguard at local pools. He continued to entertain folks by dancing, playing the accordion and saxophone. He continued his studies and received a degree in Broadcast Communications and Journalism. That’s right, this guy knows the industry he’s in, and he’s so well-suited for understanding what it takes to make himself stand out. “Sure, I know that I look funny, as I have said before. It’s part of what I do. But, I am aware of my audience, and I try to always be prepared and rehearse before every show. I enjoy entertaining people, and I am lucky to have a wife in the industry [gorgeous Vegas Showgirl], and we both are lucky to be doing what we love,” Murray continued. When I compared him to Carrot Top and the classic cartoon characters I grew up with. The handsome star laughed, “Sure, we grew up with love for the same shows, I bet. I loved the Jetsons, Bugs Bunny and shows like that. You know that humor is universal, but those cartoons are unique, because they are very fascinating and even very entertaining today, not just from 25 and 30 years ago. Real humor and real entertainment doesn’t have a shelf-life.”
When Murray was a young man he met Marvyn and Carol Roy, a.k.a. “Mr. Electric.” The couple had toured worldwide for over 50 years and mentored Murray while he grew from an accomplished magician to an international star.
Murray was the only magician globally who invented a magic act that included the manipulation of a multitude of Compact Discs when he began his professional career.
Murray has won over 24 awards for his performances nationally and internationally and received the title of “World Champion.” He has delighted audiences in theatres from Monaco and Paris to Las Vegas and the legendary Playboy Mansion.
Murray is very proud of becoming an American Citizen 2 years ago and contributes his time and effort to helping our troops. He hosted and performed at the “Toy Story 3” premiere for Snowball Express, an organization of 2 thousand families whose children have lost a parent in the war since 9/11. He dreams of performing on a USO tour overseas and supporting the U.S. A.
However, don’t you dare compare Murray to anyone else. Sure, he has take a small part of many of his classic entertainment favorites and incorporated it into his show, and into who he is. But he is wholly unique, and his branding is not only solely unique but individualized in his approach to magic and entertainment as well. “I try to tell young people every day, not to be like anyone else. Be yourself, there is no one on the earth like you, so embrace it, and don’t worry about being laughed at. Well, in my case, I want to be laughed at, but you know what I mean, Tommy,” concluded the star.
Check out his official website and look for him on the big and small screen or on stage around the nation. And for anyone in L.A. get your tickets to the Magic Castle, and you’ll be mesmerized and entertained. http://murraysawchuck.com/index.php
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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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