By Greg Carannante
City & Shore Magazine
In an alternate universe, Bill Malone would be onstage this month cracking people up and wowing them with magic as the marquee entertainer for the Concours d’Elegance at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. In our pandemic universe, however, it was not to be. The Concours was rescheduled to a year from now, Feb. 25-27, 2022.
You could say Malone’s career has been, well, magical. At age 17, he started honing his act, an amalgam of magic and comedy, at the Little Bit O Magic nightclub in his hometown of Chicago. He moved to Fort Lauderdale in 1987, where he owned and operated a comedy and magic club called Houdini’s Pub. He eventually became the resident entertainer at the Pier Sixty-Six Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, The Breakers Palm Beach and the Boca Raton Resort. At the latter, he partnered with Wayne Huizenga to run Malone’s Magic Bar from 1994-2005.
Malone performs shows to suit the occasion, his most-requested being the Close-up Show, an intimate, personalized mix of humor, magic and mind-reading for corporate events. There’s also the Stage Show, the Trade Show and the Strolling Show, in which the mingling comedian entertains guests during a cocktail hour or reception.
An author of magic books and a keynote speaker, Malone has also appeared on international and U.S. television shows, including a recent role on NCIS: Los Angeles.
Malone and his wife, Barbara, live in Estero, near Naples, Fla. He estimates he was traveling to about 10 engagements a month before the pandemic. We seized the opportunity to ask him our recurring set of Quote Unquote questions.
Aside from the weather, what do you enjoy most about South Florida?
The multitude of great restaurants, shopping and opportunities are endless.
Aside from the weather, what do you dislike most about South Florida?
Are you a beach person or a pool person?
Definitely a pool person but I love to walk the beach.
When in your life are you or have you been the happiest?
The day I married Barbara.
What do you do when you’re stuck in a traffic jam on I-95?
Usually, listen to music and try to relax — or I keep my windows rolled up and just scream.
What music are you listening to now?
A lot of Bob Dylan. He is a true artist!
Are you a fan, and if so, of what?
Magic, music and playing pool.
If you had to choose: Beatles or Stones?
Not even comparable. BEATLES! I collect Beatle memorabilia, love them!
What are your social media handles?
I’m not really a social media person.
Apple or Android?
I use Apple and PC, however, I love all Apple devices.
Who is your real-life hero or heroine?
My friend, the late Wayne Huizenga, and John Lennon.
What car are you driving now?
Mercedes-Benz. I have owned many cars and bought my first Benz about 20 years ago and have driven them ever since.
If you had to choose: Rocky or Raging Bull?
Rocky, of course.
What do you like most about yourself?
My ability to make people laugh and have fun. I even get paid for it!
What places in South Florida do you recommend to guests visiting from out-of-town?
Ta-boo restaurant in Palm Beach, The Breakers in Palm Beach, Town Center Mall in Boca Raton and Runyon’s restaurant in Coral Springs.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I’m happier than I could ever be. No changes necessary.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Doing what I love to do, entertaining all over the world and being respected in my field. Taking good care of my family rates No. 1.