Olavi Airaksinen

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Olavi Airaksinen
BornFebruary 20, 1945
Lapinlahti, Finland

NationalityFinnish

Olavi Airaksinen (b.1947) was an award winning magician in his youth.[1]

Biography

Airaksinen was the Young Magician of the Year from the Magic Circle in 1963.[2] Olavi work as a professional magician for the next six years. After feeling that it was not what he preferred in life and getting married, he got a post office education. After working for a couple of years in a post office he became the postmaster in a small countryside post office in the middle of Finland.

The Finnish Magic Circle made Olavi their Honorary Member in 2005. The Ministry of Culture of Finland gave him the artist pension from 2007.

Olavi´s brother Jorma Airaksinen has been a professional magician all his life. He won the Scandinavian championship in stage magic and third prize at FISM in Vienna 1976 in stage magic. In 2006 he built a very magic theatre with 40 seats in his villa at Nilsiä, a ski resort in the middle of Finland.

Olavi Airaksinen's publicity photo can be seen on the Conjuring Arts exhibit "The Many Faces of Magic"[3]

References

  1. The story of Olavi Airaksinen
  2. The Young Magician of the Year Competition, Magic Circular, May 1963
  3. http://conjuringarts.org/exhibitions/the-many-faces-of-magic/



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