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Forrest Hendricks

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Forrest Hendricks
BornForrest P. Hendricks
January 11, 1909
St. Louis, Missouri
DiedDecember 14, 1991 (age 82)

Forrest Hendricks (1909-1991) was a professional magician, past president of the IBM and was one of the first magicians to do magic over the radio.


He became interested in magic beginning at the early age of seven. His father, H. O. Hendricks, who worked in the real estate business was proficient at rope ties and rope tricks. His mother, was a president of the Saint Louis Magigals. By the time he was nineteen he was one of the best known magicians in the MidWest. [1]

At twenty-two he was commissioned a reserve officer in the Army of the United States and called to active duty in August, 1942, in the Air Corps, where he was commissioned a captain.[2] Hendricks served during WWII and later with the Reserves where he reached the rank of Lt. Colonel before retiring.

Following the war, he entered the insurance business and had his own agency. He stayed very active in the magic community and was elected President of the IBM in 1953. Hendricks contributor to several Parade sections of The Linking Ring.

He was president of IBM Ring One and long term Spirit editor and Scribe.

He moved from the St. Louis area in 1970 to Denver, but continued to return for such local events as the Midwest Magic Jubilee.[3]

His friend Bev Taylor accepted his St. Louis Magical Heritage Award, which was given posthumously in 1996 by IBM Ring 1 and SAM Assembly 8. [4][5]

In 1996, Forrest Hendricks was awarded the St. Louis Magical Heritage Award posthumously.[6]


  1. FORREST HENDRICKS By Jack Lippincott, Linking Ring, April 1946
  2. Cover, Linking Ring, July 1953
  3. Obit - Linking Ring, February, 1992
  4. 1996 Magical Heritage Banquet Honors Dietrich by Harry Machin. Jr., Linking Ring, April 1996
  5. History of Magic in St. Louis by Don Rataj (2011)
  6. The History of S.A.M. Assembly No. 8 1921-1996 by Harry Monti (1996)