Magician, Thrill Seeker, Sleight-of-Hand Master, Escape Artist, Sideshow Performer, Ballyman, Svengali Pitchman, Raconteur & Teacher
You can buy Don's revered DVDs here...
Read what people at the MAGIC CAFE say about
DON DRIVER'S 'BUILDING A TIP' DVD
"The DVD is invaluable to street performers, trade-show workers, pitchmen, and demonstrators--anyone who needs to draw a tip. Don is the man!" - Pop Haydn
and his 'THE SVENGALI PITCH' DVD
|The BALLYCAST interview with Don Driver|
This is fantastic (warning: explicit language)
| DON DRIVER'S STRAIGHT JACKET ESCAPE... 100 ft. IN THE AIR!|
A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY
|Look at the attitude!|
In the Navy, Don spent much of his time studying magic books.
|Young Don performing in front of a poster of his hero, Harry Houdini...|
|Don at Baltimore's Inner Harbor with the Phil Thomas, John Fritz and their wives.|
|Don with Slydini 1976|
|Don in his wet suit with David Hamn and John Fritz before leaping|
into the Baltimore Harbor
|Don with Les Fritz at the Lincoln Speedway in Oxford, PA. 1974|
(from left to right) John Fritz, John Riggs, Don Driver and Les Fritz)
|Don outside the Thunderbird Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas 1974|
from left to right (Les Fritz, Don Driver and one of the Hell Drivers, Bob Corbin)
|Don at the old MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas|
| Don working his legendary word magic at a jam auction! Look at that 'stache!|
|Don took over Dantini's spot performing magic at the Peabody Book Store|
| Don performing at a V.I.P party in Las Vegas. DON
DRIVER circa 1976 with Siegfried at the M.G.M.Grand in Las Vegas.This
was at a hotel party for the high rollers and Don was part of the
entertainment along with circus and sideshow acts. |
|Don standing on the barge from where he will leap.|
|On Friday September 19th 1975, Don Driver leaped into Baltimore's Inner Harbor bound and chained! Don surfaced 45 seconds later free of his chains. What makes it even more dangerous is that this was before mayor Shaefer cleaned the Harbor up! You can see the Trade Center in the background on the right and The Constellation behind Dantini.|
|David Walker (who taught Don the Svengali pitch), Jerry Spaulding, Whit "Pop" Hayden and Don Driver.|
|A Chance snapshot of Don and doing his legendary Svengali pitch|
Don's friend, mentor and one of the best close-up magician's of all time on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson...
Watch this amazing "Tea Cups and Cherries" routine
Michael Skinner (1941 – 1998) was an American magician known for his close-up magic work. Born in Rochester, NY in 1941; but he spent most of his professional life living and working in Las Vegas. Skinner worked for over 20 years as the magician-in-residence at the Golden Nugget but he also made appearances in other outlets. In particular, he performed twice on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.
Skinner was known for his large repertoire. He was reported to have once performed 28 consecutive shows without the repetition of a single trick during a full week of bookings at The Magic Castle
Skinner studied under magicians Eddie Fechter and Dai Vernon.
| DAVID WALKER|
Walker taught Don the Svengali pitch
|David Walker speaking of how he started pitching.|
A fascinating and touching story...
Walker at the Senior Pitchman Reunion
Walker telling a favorite joke!
Walker telling two more jokes...
The legendary Walt Hudson took Don under his skillful wing, teaching him fire-eating thblock-head routine.
Learn more about Walt Hudson right here...
Don worked for Mr. Alexander in Hawaii
Sam Alexander (1920s-1997) was a 20th-century sideshow attraction who went by the stage name, The Man with Two Faces. As a young man and an employee of the Schubert Theater in Chicago his carelessness with a lit cigarette caused a gasoline explosion that burned off his face.
After a year in hospital and then a stay in a nursing home, Alexander began wearing a mask and joined a Peter Kortes sideshow. Alexander would tell his story to the audience then remove his mask. It was a shocking exhibition. Alexander was made the blow off for the show.
Alexander went on to work with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey. At Madison Square Garden in the 1960s, ladies were so shocked by his face he was ordered off the stage. He later worked with the Clyde Beatty Circus. He later started his own sideshow company. Alexander had 72 operations on his face, and was finally able to trash the mask. He died in 1997.
|Seeing Don's talent, Phil Thomas took him under his wing. Don worked with Phil at Yogi Magic Mart's 310 N. Charles Street location.|
|Toy tycoon Alex Schlaferman known as Alex Xander is a protege of Don's|
Alex is only 19 and already a millionaire
Alex has made national news for throwing a party on the Brooklyn Bridge
Alex's youtube channel Vante Toys
The Wallet Ninja! The 18-in-1 tool the size of a credit card!
|Alex Xander on Howard Stern|
|BUZZ BUNDY |
Don worked with legendary stunt driver Buzz Bundy in THE TOURNAMENT OF THRILLS
Buzz Bundy's movie work on IMDB
An interview with Buzz
| POP HAYDN|
Whit "Pop" Haydn and Don Driver have been good friends for many years.
|Don with Nancy and Whit Haydn at the Unconventional Convention in Kentucky|
DocJon talks with Don Driver and Pop Haydn