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Jim Bentley

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Actor/entertainer and magician, Jim Bentley, began his career at age six, when he first started performing magic for friends and family. The course of his chosen field has always been inspired and surrounded by Harry Houdini. He credits Houdini for the path his life has taken, and remains to this day one of the master illusionist's greatest fans.

Jim was the magic coordinator for the TNT movie-of-the-week, HOUDINI, teaching star Jonathon Schache all of Houdini's most famous escapes. Jim co-produced the HOUDINI Special on The Learning Channel's, THE GREATEST, series, and also starred as HOUDINI in the re-enactment sequences. With too many television appearances to list, the most popular shows include guest appearances as a magician on DIAGNOSIS MURDER, as the Amazing Arturo and also a magician on ER, a maitre'd on JESSIE and a recurring role as the bartender on VERONICA'S CLOSET.

Some of Jim's film credits include, "TEQUILA SUNRISE", "INTO THE NIGHT", and "FATAL BEAUTY". When Jim is not appearing in front of the camera, he can be seen on Hollywood television lots where he performs his unique comedy routines several times a week for audiences to keep them warmed-up while filming such shows as "FRIENDS", "VERONICA'S CLOSET", and "EVENING SHADE".

At the age of sixteen at Circus Circus in Las Vegas, Jim was starting to please audiences with his magic and comedy and went so far as to teach magic to both Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson for the rock video, "SAY, SAY, SAY". He now performs regularly at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, and most recently has performed for Dick Foster's SPELLBOUND Show in Las Vegas. Audiences from Atlantic City to Los Angeles have stared in amazement as Jim entertains, amuses, and bewilders all with his unique style. From local comedy clubs to the largest corporate events and fanciest cruise ships, Jim has pleased groups of all ages with the blending of illusion into his already hysterical comedy routines. Jim's performances stretch beyond the normal stand-up style by lacing his act with a fiber of magic and illusion. He performs the Straitjacket Escape, Chain Release, and the Dollar-Bill Tear-and-Restore for the delight and resounding approval of each and every audience.

Jim is a native Californian, married for twenty one years to his wife, Suzanne. They have two beautiful daughters, Elizabeth and Bridget. Jim's family has performed with him as THE GREAT FORDINIS in various television commercial spots. Jim is a nineteen-year member of the Magic Castle, proficient in the Art of Illusion, an accomplished Escape Artist, and a stand-up comedian. He also has performed stunt work, and precision driving/motor cycling !

When he's not baffling the masses, he enjoys water-skiing, golf, tennis, and baseball.

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