MagicPedia:Selected anniversaries/May

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  • 1882 - Sir Evelyn Francis Edward Seymour, 17th Duke of Somerset, President of The Magic Circle (1935-1954), is born.
  • 1970 - Roland Travers died.
  • 1980 - Doug Henning appears on The Muppet Show, performing such effects slicing up a huge monster then putting it back together in a different order.

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  • 1766 - Excerpt from the Whitehall Evening Post: "I have peeped behind the Scenes ....and by examining the wires and mechanism of the show, the entertainment has long since ceased. Who Is any longer Entertained with a Hocus Pocus Man? when he knows how the tricks are performed?" Lady Mary Wortley Montague: Letter to Miss......." (Gleanings from an Amateur Escamateur's Scrap Book by Henry R. Evans)
  • 1886 - Percy Abbott was born in Australia.
  • 1936 - A lengthy newspaper article recounted some of the interesting things from Jasper Maskelyne's newly published book, White Magic: The Story of the Maskelynes, and reproduced a picture of Douglas Beaufort (who appeared in the Egyptian Hall in 1892) holding his own head in his hand.
  • 1947 - Doug Henning was born in the Winnipeg suburb of Fort Gary, Manitoba Canada.
  • 1977 - Herbert Nivelli dies.

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  • 1828 - Samuel Bellachini was born in Poland.
  • 1996 - Rudy Coby Ridiculously Dangerous debuted on Fox TV.
  • 1998 - Episode 3 of Breaking the Magician's Code: Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed by Val Valentino airs on the FOX Network.

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  • 1889 - Will B. Wood of Shamokin, Pennsylvania, noted vaudeville magician, took out U.S. Patents #415084 and #415085 covering devices "to support actor in midair" and "A Metal Corset for Theatrical Purpose".
  • 1906 - Ronald Haines born.
  • 1976 - Al Flosso passed away.
  • 1980 - Harry Blackstone Jr. opened his illusion show on Broadway for a 118-performance run.

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  • 1906 - Lloyd W. Chambers was born.
  • 1953 - J. W. Warrender, The Gay Deceiver, passes away.
  • 1980 - Broadway show, Blackstone! The Magnificent Musical Magic Show opened. It ran at the Majestic Theatre (1655 seats) in New York City through August 17 with 104 performances, starring Harry Blackstone Jr..
  • 1992 - David Copperfield was at Tucson, Arizona.
  • 1995 - Max Maven begins its second season for HTV in England.

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  • 1859 - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born.
  • 1925 - Tony Andruzzi was born.
  • 1966 - Stanley Collins passes away.
  • 2002 - David Blaine's special "Vertico" aired on ABC. David stood on a circular platform only 22 inches in diameter, 109 feet from the ground in Manhattan’s Bryant Park, for two days and two nights, with no food, water, sleep, and nothing to sit or lean on.
  • 2010 - Martin Gardner passes away.

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  • 1955 - Richard Hatch born.
  • 1974 - The last episode of the TV show "The Magician" starring Bill Bixby aired.
  • 2007 - Bruce Cervon died.

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  • 1910 - Trevor Hall was born.
  • 1974 - Stephen Schwartz' musical "Magic Show" opens at Cort Theater New York City for 1859 performances
  • 2012 - Tony Blanco died.

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  • 1873 - Nate Leipzig was born.
  • 1947 - The Chicago S.A.M. Convention ended at Morrison Hotel with a lecture by Dai Vernon and the attendance of M.D. Smith, the artist who illustrated Erdnase's book.
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