Leo Behnke

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Leo Behnke

Cover of Genii (1965)
BornLeo Ralph Behnke
March 02, 1933
Hollywood, California

Leo Behnke (born March 2, 1933), after his service in the US Navy, was a performer-dealer. He opened and managed the Merlin's Magic Shop at Disneyland. He also has toured Europe in 1959 with John Daniel as two-person magic act.

Biography

He work as a production assistant with Mark Wilson's Magic Land of AllaKazam TV series from 1960 to 1965. In 1969 he founded the sales promotion agency, Magic Touch.

Leo was the curator of the Copperfield Collection in Las Vegas until 2000.

Larry Jennings once got a job working for Leo Behnke’s father in the plumbing repair business. Steve Martin once worked at Merlin's Magic Ship at Disneyland and learned from Leo.

He was author of numerous magic books.

Books

  • Magic City Library Series. 20 booklets compiled by Leo Behnke.
  • Magic City Library of Magic - Rope Magic, No. 1 (1990)
  • Magic City Library of Magic - Linking Rings No. 2 (1990)
  • Magic City Library of Magic - Cups and Balls No. 3 (1990)
  • Magic City Library of Magic - Magic with Canes No. 4 (1990)
  • Magic City Library of Magic - Milk Pitcher No. 5 (1990)
  • Magic City Library of Magic - Folding Coins No. 6 (1990)
  • Magic City Library of Magic - Force Decks No. 7 (1990)
  • Magic City Library of Magic - Bill Tube No. 8 (1991)
  • Magic City Library of Magic - Sponge Balls No. 9 (1991)
  • Magic City Library of Magic - Dime & Penny No. 10 (1991)
  • Magic City Library of Magic - Spring Flowers No. 11 (1991)
  • Magic City Library of Magic - Card Boxes No. 12 (1991)
  • Magic City Library of Magic - Egg Bag No. 13 (1991)
  • Magic City Library of Magic - Trick Decks No. 14 (1991)
  • Magic City Library of Magic - Reels No. 15 (1991)
  • Magic City Library of Magic - Wands No. 16 (1991)
  • Magic City Library of Magic - Dove Pan No. 17 (1991)
  • Magic City Library of Magic - Change Bag No. 18 (1991)
  • Magic City Library of Magic - Flash Paper No. 19 (1991)
  • Magic City Library of Magic - Zombie Ball No. 20 (1991)

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