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Dr. Armand Brodeur

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Dr. Armand Brodeur
BornArmand E. Brodeur
January 8, 1922
DiedDecember 7, 2009 (age 87)
St. Louis, Missouri

Dr. Armand Brodeur (1922-2009) was a well-known St. Louis pediatrician who made a name for himself nationwide as a pioneer in radiology and a showman. He appeared on the David Letterman Show and was featured in Time magazine.[1]


The son of a poor farmer in New Hampshire, he became interested in magic at the age of 10 after finding a thin paperback book of card tricks in his family library. At thirteen, he found another book on magic at his hometown library and from that book he built a show. By fifteen, he was doing his own platform show and had yet to see another magician perform. When he was sixteen, Brodeur sold his own method of self inflating balloons to Herman Hansom in Boston's Holden's Magic Shop. By the time he graduated from high school, Brodeur was performing the floating light bulb as part of an evening's performance.

After performing at St. Anselm's College as part of the student program on a Sunday night, he received an offer for a full drama scholarship. After college he pursued pre-med studies and graduated summa cum laude. In 1943, he moved on the St. Louis University School of Medicine where he met Will Lindhorst.

He held a post-graduate master's degree in radiology and a Doctor of Law Degree. He was become a Professor of Radiology, Professor of Pediatrics and a Professor of Juvenile Law.

Brodeur built a second career as a media doctor hosting his own medical show, "Doctor to Doctor," on KMOX-AM 1120 for many years. He would also serve as an expert source for television and newspaper stories.

Brodeur was President-elect of the St. Louis Society of Magicians when it disbanded, later to become the No. 8 Assembly of the S.A.M. (member #4006).

With Bob Chaney they incorporated B.C. Magic Manufacturing, Inc. (B=Brodeur, C=Chaney) developing illusions, several used at the St. Louis and San Francisco Zoos.[2]


  2. The History of S.A.M. Assembly No. 8 1921-1996 by Monti, Trudy; Monti, Harry, eds. (1996)