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Philip Willmarth

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Philip Willmarth
BornPhilip Reed Willmarth
August 19, 1931
New Castle, Pennsylvania
DiedSeptember 16, 2014 (age 83)
Durham, North Carolina
CategoriesBooks by Philip Willmarth

Philip "Phil" Willmarth (1931-2014), a magician and author, was the I.B.M. International President (2007-2008).


Willmarth's father gave him a magic book by Will Lindhorst which hooked him on magic.

He owned an advertising and marketing research company and performed as a part-time professional magician starting in 1959.

Willmarth served as the Asst Editor (1980-1992) and Executive Editor (1992-2007) (Parade Editor) of The Linking Ring. He was also editor of The Linking Ring from 1993 - 2005.[1]

He was a member of I.B.M. Ring 199 (Raleigh, North Carolina), I.B.M. Ring 326 (Burbank-Glendale-Eagle Rock-Pasadena, California), I.B.M. Ring 2100 (The Universe), the Society of American Magicians, and the Magic Circle (MIMC with Gold Star).

He was author of several books and published many by other authors.


  • The Magic of Matt Schulien (1959)
  • Fun with a Handkerchief (1969)
  • The Ring and Rope Book (1975)
  • Kopdell's Three Card Trick (editor) (1988)
  • The Knot Collector (1989)
  • Routines Matter (editor) (2009)
  • The Impostess Princess Expanded (2011)

With Jim Ryan

  • Jim Ryan Close-Up Series (Four volumes, 1980-1981)
  • Sensational Stunners
  • Entertaining Card Quickies
  • Classical Card Routines
  • The Fantastic Cups & Balls Routine
  • James P. Ryan Bar Magic Lecture Notes

With Trevor Lewis:

  • Trevor Lewis Esolc (1981)
  • Close-Up

With Eugene Burger

  • Secrets & Mysteries for the Close-Up Entertainer (1982)
  • Audience Involvement (1983)
  • The Secret of Restaurant Magic (1983)
  • Eugene Burger on Matt Schulien's Fabulous Card Discoveries (1983)
  • Intimate Power (1983)
  • The Craft of Magic and Other Writings (1984)


  • Cover, M-U-M, Vol. 74, No. 1, June 1984, Cover, Phil Willmarth, S.A.M. Magician of the Month, by Robert Lund, page 10
  • Cover, The Linking Ring, Vol. 87, No. 7, July 2007, Cover, Phil Willmarth, New President of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, by Jack White, page 36