Milbourne Christopher

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Milbourne Christopher

Cover of Genii (1961)
BornMarch 23, 1914
Baltimore, Maryland
DiedJune 17, 1984 (age 70)
New York, New York.

Milbourne Christopher (1914-1984) was one of America's foremost illusionists, performing in sixty-eight countries.

Biography

Christopher wrote more than twenty books, was national president of the Society of American Magicians (SAM), and was an honorary vice-president to the London Magic Circle. Christopher was also chairman of SAM's Occult Investigating Committee and was one of the original members of CSICOP.

His collection of magic memorabilia contained prints, paintings, photographs, posters, playbills and drawings of the greatest conjurers in history, and was the largest in private hands. Many of these items appeared in his book The Illustrated History of Magic. Friends recall that he was warm and willing to counsel and share his knowledge with new magicians. Christopher was married to Maurine Brooks, co-author of The Baker-Brooks History.[1][2][3]

In November 2010, Christopher's widow, Maurine Brooks Christopher, published a special edition of "Houdini: A Pictorial Life" with Christopher Collection curator David Haversat[4]

In April 2011, a sizeable portion of Christopher's collection was sold at auction by his widow, Maurine Brooks Christopher, through the Martinka Magic Company and magic auctioneer David Goodman.

The Society of American Magicians honors his memory annually by presenting "The Milbourne Christopher Awards" to performing magicians and illusionists in various categories, including: the Masters Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, Mentalist Award, Literary Award, and a Newcomer Award.

In 2012 Milbourne Christopher The Man & His Magic by William V. Rauscher was released by David Haversat's 1878 Press Co. [5]

Books

References

  1. Photo Genii 1951 February
  2. Cover Genii 1961 September
  3. http://www.illusiongenius.com/ChristopherBio.html
  4. http://174.129.214.216/mc/?page_id=49/
  5. http://174.129.214.216/mc/?page_id=47/
  6. Genii Magazine, Vol. 76, No. 5, May 2013, page 94
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