On Tuesday, June 22nd at 5PM PDT, Douglas “Lefty” Leferovich will be honored as the 2021 Magician of the Year from the Society of American Magicians Parent Assembly #1 of New York City.
It will be a live virtual show at Show Creators Studios (4455 West Sunset Road, Las Vegas, Nevada 89118. 702.243.3036).
The show will open with a video from Mr. Las Vegas himself, Wayne Newton, welcoming everyone to the 112th annual Salute to Magic show (the first time in 112 years that the show will not being happening in New York City). Then the first half of the show will feature Murray and Lefty doing some of their best tricks from the last 10 years on the Vegas Strip. Flying in from New York is the 1st Vice President of the Society of American Magicians Parent Assembly #1, Sterling Lee, who will present Lefty with a plaque and a 3D custom art piece to honor him being named as the 2021 Magician of the Year.
“This is truly an honor and a highlight of my life,” says Douglas ‘Lefty’ Leferovich. “Having been a member of PA #1 for 31 years, I can’t really remember a time that I wasn’t part of the Assembly. Even before I was old enough to become a member, I remember going into New York City with my dad, mom and brother, and going to the month magic club meetings. All the older members were so generous with their time and knowledge, helping my brother and I grow as magicians and fall in love with magic. I think back to all the Salute to Magic shows that I saw, including, of course, the 1985 show my dad produced (along with Jerry Oppenheimer and Bill Andrews) getting Le Grand David and his own Spectacular Company to bring their entire cast and crew from Beverly, Massachusetts to NYC for one night! And now I get to add my name to the list of some of the greatest magicians of our time receiving this Magician of the Year Award from PA #1. I need to pinch myself that it is real!”
Following a brief speech from Lefty about growing up in the Parent Assembly #1 magic club, there will be a video compilation of famous friends wishing LEFTY congratulations on this honor. Congratulation videos include HGTV’s The Property Brothers (Jonathan and Drew), rock n roll legend Alice Cooper, from History Channel’s hit TV show Pawn Stars, Rick Harrison, the longest running headliner on the Vegas Strip Frank Marino, music icon Neil Sedaka, Luxor headliner Carrot Top, and from magicians Tommy Wind, Jen Kramer, Philip Blue, Santiago Michel, David Goldrake, and Steve Wyrick.
LEFTY then becomes the host for the second half of the show, where the cast of Late Night MAGIC (John Shaw, Bizzaro, AnnaRose, and Mondre) feature some of their most creative and unique tricks. Also, during this half of the show, as a tribute to his late father and brother, LEFTY will perform each of their favorite close-up card magic tricks.
This is a FREE virtual show that is being performed live from Show Creators Studios (a special thank you to Ian Herrington and Amanda Deacon) in Las Vegas, on Tuesday, June 22nd at 5PM PDT / 8PM EDT. To watch this historical show, go to salutetomagic.com.
About The Society of American Magicians’ Parent Assembly #1
The Society of American Magicians’ Parent Assembly #1 is the oldest and largest magic club in the USA. It represents a lineage that dates back nearly 120 years establishing itself in May of 1902. Notable members are Keller, Thurston, Houdini, David Copperfied, Jeff McBride, etc. On April 15th, 1909, a group of members got together to put on a performance which has become an yearly tradition now known as the Salute to Magic. Over the years, notable magicians like Houdini, Harry Blackstone Sr., Harry Blackstone Jr., Le Grand David, Cardini as well as the Great Thompsoni. In 1968, the Salute began honoring a Magician of the Year, a magician who has made significant contributions to the magical arts. In this unusual time, we have adapted from an in person live theater to show to a virtual Salute to Magic. This year for the 112th Annual Salute to Magic, as things are returning to normal, the Parent Assembly would like to host the event in Las Vegas with a small live audience while streaming it as a live virtual event for all to see. This will be the first Salute to Magic outside of New York City.