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Dave Coleman

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Dave Coleman
BornDavid Bateman Coleman
July 23, 1890
Effingham, Illinois
DiedMay 30, 1954 (age 63)
Terre Haute, Indiana
Resting placeOakridge Cemetery, Effingham, Illinois

Dave Coleman (1890-1954) was known for his creation of Doc Hokum, Pitchman and for his giant Linking Rings.


Beginning his interest in magic in 1904, Coleman rose to become one of the stars of the magic. In early life he had been an orchestra leader.

Coleman contributed articles and effects to The Linking Ring Parades. His "Through the Pocket" effect was published in New Modern Coin Magic.

He was an honorary life member of Indianapolis Ring 10 and died at his home following a heart attack. He had been booked to present close-up effects for the IBM Convention in Louisville, Ky. that year. [1]


  1. The Linking Ring, Vol. 34, No. 5, July 1954, Broken Wand, Dave Coleman, page 94
  • Cover, The Linking Ring, Vol. 26, No. 2, April 1946, The Wizard of Losoya Street, by M. S. Mahendra, page 17
  • The Sphinx, Vol. 46, No. 9, November 1947, Dave Coleman - A Versatile Performer, by Dorny, page 279
  • Tops Magazine, Vol. 19, No. 7, July 1954, The Final Curtain, David B. Coleman, page 27