Lifetime Achievement Award
Jim Rainho was honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement
Award by the Milbourne Christopher Foundation for his lifetime
achievements as a performer, inventor, and teacher of magic as
a performing art.
Mr. Rainho had a national
and international career spanning 60 years with over 22 thousand
performances and over 130 magic inventions, some of which are
on display at the David Copperfield and in the Jeff McBride Magic
Museums, both located in Las Vegas.
The Christopher Foundation
was incorporated in New York State in 1991, to sponsor achievement
awards that spotlight the best that magic has to offer contemporaneously
in performing, invention, writing, and publishing.
Jim Rainho was also involved
in Country Music as a guitarist/singer, and songwriter with published
works to his credit.
He was born in Portugal,
came to the United States when nine years old, grew up in Cambridge,
Massachusetts, started his magic and music career when seventeen
years old, served in the armed services in Korea, and on his
return, continued his lifetime career as an entertainer.
He married Alice Costa, moved to
Medford, MA, and has four children: Donna Crawford, Diane Silvio,
and Stephen, all of Medford, and Rachel Perry of Waltham.