Paul Osborne's magical career began at age five when he was presented a magic kit by then local magician, Mark Wilson. Through the high school and college years, Paul performed professionally, often touring with bands, and was awarded Best Club Act and Best Act trophies by the Texas Association Of Magicians in Corpus Christi.
Francis Ireland Marshall published his first book on puppets as he graduated from college to become a local disc jockey and TV's Bozo's Ringmaster, a show which was later syndicated to over fifty local television markets with Paul as second banana to Bozo the Clown.
In 1973, Paul Osborne and Associates, Inc. was formed on $300. 00 by Paul and two partners. The firm specialized in creating and packaging costumes, puppets and magic shows for amusement parks across the country. Paul personally designed illusion shows for Six Flags. Disneyland, Cypress Gardens, Libertyland and Great Adventure, to name only a few. Paul Osborne and Associates, Inc. built fifty new illusions each year, all designed by Paul. By now this young company was billing over 1. 5 million dollars and Paul had a "top secret11 drawer of, literally, hundreds of custom illusion plans, seen only by the four carpenters employed by his company.
In 1976, Bacchus Games, Inc. was formed by Paul and his partner«. Bacchus Games marketed and manufactured unique arcade games devised and created by Paul's group "Morgana The Fortuneteller" was the most notable. At its peak, Bacchus Games was sold and Paul continued creating and designing large illusion shows for amusement parks, constantly adding plans to his "top secret" plan drawer. In November of 1979, Paul arranged with Bill Larsen to begin releasing his top secret drawer of plans to Genii magazine. The first illusion plan appeared in May of 1980 and subsequently. Illusion Systems was born. The gas crisis of '79 forced the budget cutting in amusement parks and the closing of Paul Osborne and Associates. Inc. in 1980.
Paul continued designing and art directing for Broadway's "Peter Pan- and many network television specials 4a addition to his regular Genii columns and Elusion byst*
As an artist and theatrical designer. Paul has been nationally recognized with design credits too numerous to mention. As a magician, Paul will continually release his ideas and drawings to the magic fraternity that has given him so much. As a positive thinker, it is PaS's hope that each and every magician will realize that, as a creative person, they can not only perform, but build their own illusions.
The various photos and advertising sheets scattered through the pa^es of this book are from the files of Paul Osborne & As sociates1 many amusement park shows produced across the United States.
A custom designed and built Temple Of Benares for Lion Country, Dallas, Texas, 1978.
Marvelli's Magic Caravan show at Six Flags1 Great Adventure amusement park in New Jersey featured this Broom Suspension. Custom designed and built in the Osborne Studio in
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