Tom Mullica's Real Name
Thomas Blaine Mullica
Clown, Ventriloquist, Pantomimist.
Place of Birth
Waupun, Wisconsin, USA
Approx. 6' 3"
Mullica possesses the ability of superior conjuring and manipulation prowess. He is a specialist in comedy magic and his popular signature effect is the manipulation of several lit cigarettes in his mouth.
Tom Mullica owns W.C. Fields' famous twisted pool cue, which was given to him as a gift by Red Skelton.
Tom Mullica was born Thomas Blaine Mullica in Waupun, Wisconsin on August 19, 1948.
When he was five-years-old, young Mullica wanted to be a clown. However, on his seventh birthday his mother bought him a "Sneaky Pete Magic Kit" for Christmas. Tom practiced the art of magic incorporating clowning as part of his developing character.
After he graduated from Waupun High School in 1966, he enlisted in the Army at age 18, serving 3 years in Korea and Germany.
After getting out of the Army he moved to Colon, Michigan, where he built illusions and demonstrated magic for Abbott's Magic Company.
Tom then moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he attended bartending school and opened his own nightclub called The Tom-foolery Magic Bar Theatre which lasted from 1976 to 1987.
He has appeared on television many times including Late Night with David Letterman and World's Greatest Magic.
In 1984 he was awarded the Desert Magic Seminar 1st prize, and in 1988 he took home the FISM 3rd prize for comedy magic.
Red Skelton visited the Tom-foolery in 1980 and liked the show so much he spent two hours with Tom afterwards; the two became fast friends.
After 11 years performing at the Tom-foolery, Tom wanted to move on, and asked Red for his advice. Red suggested that Tom take 10-15 minutes of his best material and perform it pantomime to music.
He said he would be able to work any place in the world because there would be no language barrier. Tom took Red's advice and after six months of rehearsal moved to Paris, France where he worked at the world famous Crazy Horse Saloon.
Tom returned to the United States in 1991 and continued his comedy magic career. In 1996, he began writing RED SKELTON (A Performance Tribute) which he now performs in theaters throughout America and Canada. Tom is also the CEO of Van Blaine Productions.
In 2010, Tom was diagnosed with acute Myelogenous Leukemia (blood and bone marrow cancer). He has since fought the disease and is currently touring US and Canada.
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