William H. McIlhany
P.O. Box 7486
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 614-5079 (Cell)
Performer since age 5 (born in 1951, Roanoke, VA)
Co-founder, Ring 222,
Past President, Ring 96, International Brotherhood of Magicians
Magician member, Magic Castle since 1974, and performed there
Member, The Magic Circle, London, Inner Magic Circle
Major collector of antique and modern apparatus magic, film and video related to magic and associated memorabilia. Lectured on these subjects to numerous magic organizations.
Film and Video Archivist, Video Committee, Magic Castle, Hollywood, since 1994.
Part of two-man team carrying out digital preservation of the Magic Castle Video
Library, 2002-2006, in association with CBS, Hollywood.
Author of Magic and the Movies series, 1996; Magic As Seen on TV series, 1998; in Magic magazine and forthcoming book. Consultant to Miracle Factory’s series of DVD releases.
Consultant for magic film, video and still graphics for U.S. and foreign television programs.
* Interviewed in program. Programs include:
Women in Boxes, Baron-Larsen, 2008
Enigma, The Houdini Code, 2007, Canada. All Houdini footage.
Enigma, Max Maven: A Fabulous Monster, 2006, Canada, Vernon footage
Houdini Documentary, History Channel, 2005.
The History of Magic, series, BBC, 2004.
Medical Secrets – Houdini, Discovery Health Channel, 11/03
Abracadabra TV, Passport Entertainment, 2003 pilot, co-producer
Inside the Magic Castle: A Guided Tour by Milt Larsen, DVD, 2002.
Mandrake: A Magical Life, Canadian History Channel, 2001.
Heroes of Magic, Thames-Pearson, Channel 4, UK, December, 2000. *
Dai Vernon: The Spirit of Magic, Canadian History Channel, 1999.
Magic’s Greatest Illusions, Unapix, Learning Channel, 1999. *
PBS American Experience – Houdini, 1999.
Mysteries of Magic, Principal, Learning Channel, 1998. *
The Story of Magic, Hearst-Actuality, A&E (aired 12/97) *
The Power of Belief, ABC News Special Report, 10/98
The Art of Magic, PBS (aired 2/98)
Hidden Secrets of Magic, Hearst-Jaffe, NBC, 1996
Magisk series, Hans Crispin, Swedish TV4, 1995
A&E Biography: Houdini
Houdini: Unlocking His Secrets, Hearst-Jaffe, 1995
CBS, Touched by an Angel; Magic CD-Rom, Harper-Collins
Zauber Der Magie. Peter Pit, host, German TV, 1994
Founded and operates two research foundations since 1985: one in alternative medicine and one in historical research. Author of four non-magic books since 1975, including Klandestine, the book featured in the 1996 movie, Ghosts of Mississippi.