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with Bill Ragsdale and Dudley Vanderbilt

About William R. Ragsdale

Bill Ragsdale entertains with magic, ventriloquism, music, and audience participation in shows that are fun for everyone. To see two routines with Dudley Vanderbilt click on the right of this page where there is a link to You Tube. Bill is a member of The International Brotherhood of Magicians having joined when he was 17 years old. He is also a member of the Society of American Magicians. He is a graduate of Hampden Sydney College in '62 and Duke Divinity School in '67. He is a retired Methodist clergy having served for 41 years. 

While on leave as a pastor he spent 10 years performing professionally in school assemblies and theme parks. He has performed over 2000 school assembly shows and over 1500 shows during three summers at Santa's Land in Cherokee, NC and Tweetsie Railroad in Blowing Rock, NC. He has worked in every aspect of performing magic from birthday parties to civic clubs, corporate banquets and picnics, art festivals, trade shows,schools, restaurant magic, churches, and illusion stage shows.

If you would like to see Bill performing several routines from his shows before live audiences there is a link on the right of this page where you can go directly to You Tube.


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From Letters ............

“Terrific family entertainment ……top A-1 crowd drawer.”
-Kate Wells, Marketing Cary Village Mall, Cary, NC

“Great show, good clean entertainment ….Dudley leaves them all smiling.”
-Bill Williamson, VP & General Manager, Tweetsie Railroad, Blowing Rock, NC

“Your rapport with the audience was excellent.”
-Tim Newson, Principal, Central Elementary School,Eden, NC



William R. Ragsdale
221 Barberry Drive 
Belmont,NC  28012 

704-829-3934 ( home )

980-565-5335 ( mobile )


In addition to several articles in The Linking Ring , he has written three of his school assembly shows into books. "The American History Magic Show" is out of print. "The Deep Sea Magic Show" was printed in the November 2005 issue of The Linking Ring. "Magic Around The World" the third book in 144 pages contains a complete script of the school assembly show including his Troublewit routine, teacher’s guide, marketing tools, and 18 additional suggestions for alternate routines in the seven counties visited during the show.

Bill Ragsdale continues performing magic for church fellowship suppers, birthday parties, schools, libraries,colleges, trade shows, corporate affairs, and festivals. His style is natural, professional, and great with children/families. His tailor-made shows to fit each occasion are full of fun and enjoyed by all.To see video clips of his magic & ventriloquism go to www.youtube.com/user/Dudley326/videos or click on the place provided on the right side of this page at the top.