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Don Rataj

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Don Rataj
BornDonald James Rataj
April 18 1954
St. Louis

Notable worksThe Magic History of St. Louis book
Known forMagician History, autographs & tokens
AwardsRing One MVP award
CategoriesBooks by Don Rataj

Don Rataj (b. 1954) is a magician, historian & vintage magician photo & autograph collector.


Rataj is a close up card magician that started at age 10 when he "sneaked" into the dealer room at the 1964 St. Louis Magic Convention Midwest Magic Jubilee at the St. Louis Chase Park Plaza.

He started close up bar magic while behind the bar during his college years at the University of Kansas & later on with his clients of his St. Louis Architectural design firm Rataj Architects.

He is a collector of vintage magic photographs, autographs Magic Tokens, & he the current historian of the St. Louis IBM Ring One. Don researched the IBM Ring One past presidents of which he is also one (Past Ring One President in 1995) preparing historical data for the magic club archives as well as updating MagicPedia. He has also researched the history of the IBM Ring One Presidents & other famous St. Louis magicians. The book The Magic History of St. Louis Magic the last 85 years was published in Sept. 2011 & issued free to all Ring One members & past presidents at the Ring One 2011 President's banquet. Don's current book is "250 Magicians you really should know" to be published later in 2013/14 & list many of the little known magicians from the last 150 years.