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Fred Rickard

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Fred Rickard
BornFrederic Lake Rickard
January 14, 1907
Vandalia, Missouri
DiedNovember 28, 1989 (age 82)

Fred Rickard (1907-1989), a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles as a Chemistry Major, was a semi-professional magician specializing in large illusions.


He became interested in magic in 1920 after receiving a magic set at Christmas. He soon joined the SAM Assembly No. 22 in 1923. Rickard was one of the first to volunteer his services to the S.A.M. Hall of Fame and Magic Museum.

He first met Floyd G. Thayer in 1927, and worked with Bill Larsen Sr. at Thayer's in the 1940s. Rickard later worked with Merv Taylor and Owen Magic Supreme in the 1950s.

His wife, Hellen, whom he married in 1939 was a member of the Magigals.

He was elected into the SAM Hall of Fame in 1986.

Rickard was active in many magic organizations including the IGP, Mystic 27, Pasadena Magicians' Guild. He earned the A.I.M.C. degree from The Magic Circle, was a charter and life member of the Magic Castle. He held I.B.M. No. 7169 which he joined in 1944 and was a member of the Order or Merlin and Rings 21 and 96 (Hollywood and Long Beach). He also contributed articles to articles to MUM and Genii. [1] [2] [3] [4]



  1. Obit, Linking Ring, March 1990
  2. Obit, MUM, March 1990
  3. Obit Genii 1990 January
  4. Obit in The Magic Circular, Vol. 84, No. 902, January 1990, page 48