Carl Ballantine
Date of Birth
Sep 27, 1917
Birth Place:
Chicago, IL

Biography

Carl Ballantine tells it this way: He aspired to be a famous magician, but was capable only of arousing laughter from his audiences. Making a lemon from lemonade, Ballantine developed an act based upon his ineptitude as prestidigitator. As "The Great Ballantine," he showed up on such 1950s and 1960s TVers as The Ed Sullivan Show and The Steve Allen Show, delivering a steady stream of sarcasm and...