PROFILE: George Oscar Bluth II
We take a look at a magician named Gob in the fourth part of our nine-part series profiling Newport Beach’s own Bluth family.
The eldest (and oft-ignored) son of George, Sr. and Lucille Bluth, George Oscar Bluth II is a part-time magician who achieved some success with an illusion called the Aztec Tomb. George Oscar Bluth, often referred to by his initials G.O.B., went on to found the Alliance of Magicians, an organization that blackballs performers who reveal magician’s secrets.
Ironically, he would later be kicked out of the Alliance in disgrace for revealing the secrets of the Aztec Tomb. When Securities and Exchange Commission (S.E.C.) investigators arrested George Sr. aboard the Marina Hornblower, George Sr. was found by police bloodhouds hiding inside the Aztec Tomb. FOX 6 News then broadcast the secrets of G.O.B.’s latest illusion in Trish Thoon’s report later that evening.
G.O.B.’s attempts to rehabilitate his struggling magic career met with stiff resistence as he was shut out of major and minor venues due to the Alliance’s blackballing of him. His appearance at Party Time Pizza nearly backfired when he inadvertently revealed the secret of the Saw the Woman in Half trick. Nevertheless, the Alliance was ultimately persuaded to give G.O.B. a second chance at the Gothic Castle—a chance he squandered by using two non-Alliance-approved assistants: his sometimes-girlfriend and star of the Spanish-language soap-opera El amor prohibido, Marta; and his nephew, George Michael.
Banned a second time by the Alliance, G.O.B. then volunteered his services at a local nursing home where controversy would strike again. Using the now infamous Aztec Tomb, G.O.B. asked Earl Milford, founder of the Milford School, to assist. But after making Milford “disappear,” G.O.B. became unable to make him reappear, thus prompting speculation that G.O.B. had actually killed Milford. G.O.B. later appeared to have made a startling confession on the FOX 6 News, proclaiming “I killed Earl Milford.”