In 1946, famed comics Bud Abbott and Lou Costello asked Billie Bloch, Rich’s mom, for permission to have her three-year-old son stay in Hollywood and begin a career in show business under their tutelage. Billie declined, whisking her son back to the safety of the east coast. But the hook was set. By age seven, Rich was hanging around stage doors and doing magic shows. At eight, he landed his first TV gig, as assistant to Dick DuBois, TV’s first Magic Clown, on the DuMont television network in New York City. And so it began.
Rich entertains audiences worldwide and has invented over 80 magic effects, many of which were sold through Rich’s magic manufacturing studio, “Collectors’ Workshop” where each effect was handmade by artisans on a farm in Middleburg, Virginia. Rich also holds a patent for a device he invented used by ice skaters with special needs.
Very early in his magic career, Rich served as a scriptwriter and magic consultant to the legendary Orson Welles, who referred to Rich as “an Edison of Magic.” Rich has also served in various magic capacities to several theater companies including the Folger Shakespeare Theater in Washington, DC and, for 20 years, produced the World Magic Seminar, in conjunction with Siegfried and Roy and Lance Burton, hosting thousands of magicians from around the world.
Now, Rich, and his wife Sue, host you at the magical Dickens Parlour Theatre. What began as a 75-year-old house and backyard garage, is now the arena for magicians from around the world to entertain you here in Millville, Delaware. “The Parlour”, an adjoining meet, greet and eat spot, opened in February 2011, where the fun continues after the theater performance in the ambiance of a cozy Victorian salon filled with antiques, secret bookcases, and more to delight and intrigue the magical spark in each of us.