Born in Belfast, Billy McComb trained to be a doctor but soon swapped his scrubs for the bright lights of London's West End.He performed alongside his wife, former Miss Ireland June Cochrane, with the duo entertaining at the Royal Variety Performance in their early days. The USA eventually beckoned and McComb landed in Hollywood.
Over the years performing magic shows for family audiences I've often noticed a strange thing - young kids can be often more difficult to fool with magic tricks than adults. Logic would lead us to believe that it should be the other way around! I have a theory which is far from watertight! It's based on life experience or in the kid’s caselack of it!
As a kid I was fascinated by carnivals, circuses but most of all by the Sideshow. Reading about the bizarre acts used to make hair on the back of my neck stand up. It inspired me to learn sword swallowing.
A belated but massive thanks to all the companies who booked me to perform my magic show as part of their Christmas party entertainment.My heart often goes out to the poor individual who has to organise an office party entertainment! Its one hell of a job so I decided to put together a list of hints and tips to make it less excruciating -
There are sixty known sword swallowers in the world - that's 1 in a 100 million people who practice this ancient and very dangerous art! Audiences often suspect a trick sword (particularly if you are a Magician) but the trick isnt in the sword, the trick is in your head! But for those of you who dont believe its the real deal check out what happened to this poor guy -
Photo: Tuoi Tre - The sword swallower is being treated at Cho Ray Hospital