Theater Training for Magicians
|BOB FITCH has worn many hats in his lengthy
professional career (actor, director, magician, singer, dancer). He
counts twenty-seven Broadway Shows, including, A Funny Thing Happened
on the Way to the Forum with Whoopi Goldberg, and The Will Rogers
Follies as Clem, Will's father. He received Broadway's Burns-Mantle
Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his villainous portrayal
of Rooster Hannigan in the original Annie, receiving
a Carbonell Nomination for both direction and portrayal. He also
staged the 1992 National Tour of Annie.
Other principal roles include: Mack & Mabel; Coco, with Katherine Hepburn; Mame, with Angela Lansbury; Promises, Promises, with Jerry Orbach; and Accidental Death Of An Anarchist. He played Second Banana to Mickey Rooney in Sugar Babies in Atlantic City, Lake Tahoe and the Desert Inn in Las Vegas. He toured with Liza Minnelli in her original act, plus Flora,The Red Menace on Broadway. And he has Two Hirschfelds!
In films, he appeared in Stephen King's Thinner and with Steve Martin in Pennies from Heaven. He guested and choreographed on Burt Reynold's Evening Shade. His direction received a MAC Award (NY Cabaret) for Jeff McBride's Mask, Myth, And Magic. He has taught dance for all the major National Dance Teacher Organizations. He created the coffee cup illusion for the second David Blaine TV Special and coached also coached David Blaine for his second TV Special. His Fitch/Kohler Holdout was utilized for several effects by Criss Angel.
He has dozens of TV commercials to his credit utilizing magic, juggling, fire-eating, dance and physical comedy. He is well known for his coin, topit and holdout work.
Bob and his wife Pauline, run a yearly Performance Workshop for Professional Magicians, He has coached performers such as David Copperfield and Jeff McBride.
He was consultant, coach and writer for PHENOMENON, the NBC Reality
series, as well as for Alain Nu's four one-hour Discovery Channel specials
(The Mysterious World of Alain Nu).He has directed full evening
shows for Thomas Solomon (Elusions),
Jeff McBride and Eugene Burger
(Atlantic City), Paul Gertner's one-man show (Ten Fingers), as
well as R.J. Lewis and Aaron Raditz.
For more details on Bob's life and work, check out the biographical article, Bob Fitch, A Life in the Theater.