Harry Anderson Magician | My Early Influence in Magic

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Magician Harry Anderson was a huge influence on Curtis The Mentalist early in his career.

April 16th, 2020, marked the two-year anniversary of the passing of legendary comedy magician Harry Anderson.  Here, I take a few minutes to do a couple of things in his honor.

Harry was a huge influence on me early on in my career.  While so many were wanting to be like David Copperfield or Doug Henning, I was amazed at how a man could just walk on stage with nothing more than his wits, a deck of cards or a few other props, and have the audiences in stitches or complete shock.  Harry Anderson was one of those magicians.

If you are a magician or comedian who has ever had the chance to meet or work with Harry Anderson in the past, please tell me about your experiences in the comments below!

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Curtis The Mentalist

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Curtis Waltermire is an American professional comedy magician, mentalist, entertainer and tech nerd who combines over 30 years of experience in business, teaching, speaking, music, humor, magic and mind-reading to create dynamic and highly entertaining performances and presentations. His one-man, comedy mind-reading show has been performed for hundreds of corporate and private audiences throughout the United States since the late 1980s. He also makes part of his living as a professional actor, frequently landing bit roles and extra roles in TV commercials, feature, independent and industrial films, and commercial printwork advertisements. He is an 8-year, Persian-Gulf Era U.S. Army Veteran (whose oldest daughter is also a former U.S. Marine) and an overall shameless supporter of American military troops. His most amazing feat is being married 29 years to the same woman, raising two fantastic daughters, and playing with his grandson. When not performing he enjoys stand-up comedy, playing guitar and piano, spending time with his grandson Lane, rigorous swim workouts, fine wine, whiskey, dark-roasted coffee and premium cigars. He also speaks fluent French and Spanish. He wears many hats and often refers to himself as a "Mentalist/Magician/Actor/Grandpa/Cool Dad & Above-Average Husband." He can be found on the web at CurtisTheMentalist.com.