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Comic Magician, Michael Finney, received the Academy of
Arts Award for Comedy Magician of the Year in Hollywood.
This award is similar to the Academy Awards for movie stars.
The entertainers are nominated and voted upon by Members
and peers of the craft. Michael also received the Academy
Magical Arts Parlor Magician of the Year Award.
Michael has lived in Phoenix since 1978. He began as a magic
bartender at the Golden Eagle Restaurant at the time he
was hailed as one of Phoenix's best bartenders by the New
Times. For three years he was the "house magician"
at Legend City Amusement Park. He then went on to Los Angles
and begann working comedy clubs while still living in Phoenix.
In 1986 he brought his comedy back to Phoenix with the opening
of FINNEY BONES Comedy Club, which ran until 1993 when he
closed his club to pursue his career. In 1986 he was finalist
on Star Search with Ed McMahon. in 1987 he received the
Silver Lions Head from Siegfreid & Roy for comedy and
magic. Michael continued to do comedy clubs across the United
States up to 40 weeks a year. He made six appearances on
Fox's Comic Strip Live, HBO Comic on the Road, Sunday Comics
with Lenny Clark, Bud Friedman's Evening at the Improv and
two NBC specials hosted by John Ritter "World's Greatest
Magic" and "World's Wildest Magic".
appeared on the Magic Hour with Hall of Fame basketball
star, Magic Johnson. Michael, has made two appearances on
the George Lopez Show. He continues appearances at corporate
events, casino resorts and performs abroad having just returned
from England where he performed in Manchester and New Castle.
Michael was also invited to perform at the Inauguration
of President Bush in January 2001. He received the Jimmy
Durante Award for Comedy through the Fraternal Order of
eagles in Reno, Nevada, July 2004, which has a local chapter
On a local level, he was voted Comedian of the Year 1992
by the Arizona Entertainment Awards. This year will mark
the 11th Annual Dry Heat Golf Classic Tournament, hosted
by Michael. He formed the Michael Finney Foundation, which
is a 501C3 charity, benefiting local children's charities.
In addition, he has volunteered his time for the City of
Phoenix Police, Fire Departments and several other charity
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