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Dick Cavett Born: 11/19/1936
Birth Place: Gibbon, Nebraska, USA

Richard Alva Cavett was born on Nov. 19, 1936 in Gibbon, NE. His parents were both educators, which likely explained why the future star excelled in academics and sports growing up. Cavett was elected president of the student council at Lincoln High School in Lincoln and won the gold medal at the state's gymnastics championship. He was enamored with magic as a young man, performing magic shows at the Lincoln Country Club - where he worked as a caddy by day - for $35 a night. In 1952, Cavett won the Best New Performer award at the International Brotherhood of Magicians convention in St. Louis, MO. One of the performers he met around that time was an Iowa-born magician and comedian named Johnn...

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