An accomplished Richmond born-and-raised magician who earned a historic award last summer is set to be honored by the City of Richmond later this month.
On July 4, Alex Ramon, 29, was honored at a massive magician’s convention in St. Louis with the Milbourne Christopher Award recognizing his achievements as an illusionist.
The award, named after a late American magician and author, has been previously earned by Siegfried and Roy, David Copperfield, Lance Burton and Harry Blackstone, Jr.
Ramon is the youngest to receive it.
“Only 20 magicians in history have ever received this award,” Ramon said in a statement. “I was just humbled and speechless to join a group of magicians I admire and respect. It’s just unbelievable.”
On Friday, Ramon told us the City of Richmond was set to present him with a proclamation at City Hall on Oct. 28.
Ramon may be young but his career is storied. He toured with a Disney show at age 21. Two years later, he was the second-youngest ringmaster (and the first magician ringmaster) in the history of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Recently, Ramon’s Lake Tahoe show “Illusion Fusion” was the region’s No. 1 attraction on both YELP and TripAdvisor.
This summer, he begins a West Coast tour with his new show, #NewMagic, of which nearly all the magic is original and performed by Ramon during the last year or two.
On Thursday, a newspaper in Auburn profiled Ramon prior to his planned performance there on Sunday. He told the paper he got into magic at age 13 when he was fascinated by a card trick shown to him by his father’s co-worker.
“I knew what he did was impossible, there’s no way that could happen,” he told the Auburn Journal. “I had to know. I got home and got a deck of cards and it just started from there, they were in my hand all the time.”