Lefty, comical magic sidekick in MURRAY ‘Celebrity Magician’s show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, was surprised during a recent show. Halfway through, Murray introduced Tony Hassini, the president of the International Magicians Society. Lefty was awarded the World Champion Award for Sleight of Hand 2016.
The Merlin Award for magic is similar in stature to the Oscar, Emmy, and Tony. The Merlin Award is presented to those magicians who have achieved the highest level in their craft, both on the national and international stage. The criteria that the voting members consider are talent, showmanship, originality, skills, and above all the rare ability to entertain under any conditions.
“For the past ten years I have spent a lot of time working behind the scenes on shows up and down the Las Vegas Strip. My job titles have included creative director, lighting designer, technical director, set designer, and casting director. I have also been hired by some of Las Vegas’ most well know magicians to consult on their live shows, as well as, for various television appearances,” states Douglas Leferovich, who plays Lefty. “This award for World’s Best Sleight of Hand Artist 2016, is special to me as it acknowledges me on stage in the spotlight, doing what I love to do. Having done magic since I was 4 years old, this award shows that hard work, dedication and still practicing everyday, will be rewarded by your peers.”
Lefty is in Good Company
The International Magicians Society (IMS) is the world’s largest magic society as recorded in the Guinness Book or World Records. Some of the past winners of the Merlin Award are David Copperfield, Siegfried & Roy, Penn & Teller and Murray.
Lefty continues, “For the past 5 years I have been very fortunate to be the featured guest act in the MURRAY: Celebrity Magician show. Not only have I been able to showcase my manipulation skill and pure sleight of hand with the audience, but Murray has helped me craft and hone my Lefty character, really making it into a known brand in the Las Vegas entertainment community. For all Murray has done for my career on stage in Las Vegas, I am very thankful.”