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Ron Leonard

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Ron Leonard
BornRonald S. Leonard
Toronto, Canada
DiedOctober 5, 1998

Ron Leonard (1923-1998) was a painter and magician who performed during the 1960s and 1970s on the daily CFTO/CTV children's show "Uncle Bobby".[1]


His trademark explanation was "It's maaaaaaaaaagic" which was repeatedly sung to punctuate the climax of a routine. His brother, the ventriloquist Cy Leonard, was also a regular on the Uncle Bobby Show.

During World War 2 Leonard was overseas with the infantry and was eventually transferred to the Army Entertainment Branch. By age 21 he had attained the rank of Company Sergeant-Major in charge of show units on the war fronts of Europe, where he served until a year after the war's end. He then spent three years as National Director of Advertising for Odeon Theatres.

In 1960, he formed a company called "Complete Rent-Alls Ltd." expanding in 1966 to the specialized field of creative display called "Scenery & Display Ltd." He designed and manufactured setting for commercial displays, parades, and stage productions.

Leonard served as President Toronto's IBM Ring 17, which he helped start in 1941, and became a life member.[2][3]