Knocked Out By Stallone: Stuntman, Actor, and Magician Jeff Bornstein

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Episode 8--A Conversation with Jeff Bornstein

Stories from over 30 years as a Hollywood stuntman, actor, and magician.
My guest today is perhaps one of the most well-rounded performers and entertainers that I know.  He's been a stunt man and stunt coordinator, body builder, actor, and producer for approximately 50 different feature films, shorts and television series over the past 30 years.  He is also a retired U.S. Army  Military Intelligence Communications specialist and and amateur radio (HAM Radio) operator.  And if that isn't enough, he is also an award-winning magician, and has performed some 700 shows at the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, CA, in addition to completing four world-tours with Armed Forces Entertainment.  Sometime in the mid 2000's, he formed an entertainment organization for veterans known as Operation Bravo--an organization that is dedicated to bringing the highest quality of entertainment to the U.S. Armed Forces both local and abroad--Through Operation Bravo he has performed some 500 shows for U.S. Troops, and he has a bazillion challenge coins to prove it!.  He's gotten knocked out by Sylvester Stallone, beaten up by Jean-Claude Van Damme, shot at by celebrities and killed on America's Most Wanted, fallen out of buildings, been set on fire, crashed cars on freeways, and has performed a blindfolded mind-reading act for many years with his wonderful and lovely wife Kimberly (originally from Oklahoma), who absolutely steals the show with her incredible southern charm, lightning-quick wit, sense of humor, and mind-reading stunts.
  • what got him started doing stunts professionally in the movie industry
  • the time he played softball with the cast of "Happy Days" and his very special encounter with Henry Winkler (a.k.a. "The Fonz")
  • his time performing a tour during Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • how he was knocked-out cold by Sylvester Stallone while filming a fight scene on a bus for the movie "The Specialist."
  • ...and more!
Jeff and Kimberly Bornstein after a performance during a USO Tour
Jeff Bornstein with actor Liam McIntyre on the set of the movie The Clearing (2020)
Jeff Bornstein in zombie make up for the movie The Clearing (2020)
Jeff Bornstein with R. Lee Ermey

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Curtis Waltermire is a professional mentalist, magician, comedian, actor, and podcaster. He combines his peculiar sense of humor and antics with mind-blowing mentalism demonstrations to create a fun and highly unusual form of comedy and mystery entertainment. His one-man, comedy mind reading show can be seen at comedy clubs, cabarets, theaters, and other venues throughout the United States. Due to the current pandemic, he frequently performs virtual mentalism shows from his studio for corporate and private audiences all around the world. He wears many hats and often refers to himself as a "Mentalist/Magician/Speaker/Actor/Grandpa/Cool Dad & Above-Average Husband." He can be found on the web at

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