R. Temple Greystoke

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R. Temple Greystoke
BornWreford Stough Price
January 11, 1901
Shady Grove, Alabama
DiedMarch 17, 1973 (age 72)
Phenix Alabama, nursing home

R. Temple Greystoke (1901-1973) was Ray Price, a professional illusionist on both the Lyceum and Chautauqua circuit.

Biography

Inspired after seeing Eugene Laurant in 1908, he started his professional career in magic with a show at Glencoe, Kentucky in 1921. Starting out using the stage name "Rah-Mona", he did children's shows and a dog act.[1] In late 1929, he changed his stage name to Greystoke due to the popularity of a song, Ramona which referred to a girl.

By 1930, Greystoke also developed a Spook Show called "Ali Baba's Midnight Ghost Show". By 1934, it became so popular he was doing spook shows exclusively.

Greystoke performed at the IBM convention in Columbus, Ohio, in 1931. Many of his props were created by Glee-Spen.[2]

In 1941, he returned to a straight magic show, which he performed until ill health forced him to retire in 1955. He moved to Alabama to live with his brother. Greystroke would suffered from Parkinson's disease. [3]

He was a member, for a time, of the SAM Assembly No. 11 in Cincinnati, Ohio.[4] [5]

References

  1. The Sphinx, Vol. 32, No. 2, April 1933, Who’s Who in Magic, page 44
  2. The Linking Ring Vol. 78, No. 12, December 2007, Letters from the Past, R. Temple Greystoke 1901-1973, by Samuel Patrick Smith, page 64
  3. The Linking Ring, Vol. 44, No 9, September 1964, R. Temple Greystoke, Chautauqua, Ghost Show, Dogs, by David Price, page 85
  4. Obit, Editorial By Leslie Guest, MUM, Vol. 63, no. 1, June, 1973, page 5
  5. Genii Magazine, Vol. 37, No. 2, February 1973, Obituary, Greystoke the Magician, page 81


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