When I heard about Orson Bean’s death at the age of 91 last week after being struck by two cars in Los Angeles, I immediately thought of the wit who graced many a talk show and game show panel in my formative years. I distinctly remember his appearances on shows such as The Match Game and confusing him with Orson Welles when I wasn’t quite old enough for school. It was only in reading obituaries for the comic (such as this one in the Boston Globe by way of MSN and this one from The Washington Times) did I learn he began his career as a magician.

iTricks could not find any clips of Orson performing magic, so we instead offer CBS LA’s coverage of his career.