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Dick Williams maintains record for 'longest-running TV magic show'

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

For hundreds of Saturday mornings, Dick Williams' hit magic show, "Magicland," was the number one choice for Mid-Southerners.

Dick "Mr. Magic" Williams began learning his trade at 7 years old when he received a magic set as a Christmas gift.

Believe it or not, Williams started his career in radio when he was 17 after winning a voice contest. He then moved to Texas to work for KGNC as their weatherman and that's where his magic show got started.

Dick Williams and his wife, Virginia, who served as his beautiful assistant moved to Memphis, TN to join the WMCT team as an announcer and weatherman. When word got out about his Texas magic show, he was asked to revive it in Memphis.

The show ran for 23 years until Williams retired in 1989. He maintains the world record for longest-running TV magic show.

Virginia Williams died from Alzheimer's in 2007. That same year, Williams fell and broke several bones. 

Dick Williams celebrated his 88th birthday in July 2015.

Click here to see photos from the hit magic show, "Magicland."

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