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Fred Taylor

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BornFred Green Taylor
January 5, 1910
Lewiston, Utah
DiedFebruary 23, 1995 (age 85)
Salt Lake City, Utah

Fred G. Taylor (1910-1995) was a playing card collector.


Taylor graduated Columbia University and entered the field of radio broadcasting. Taylor held many jobs throughout Europe before embarking on a diplomatic career. Posted in Germany and Czechoslovakia during his tenure with the government, he turned his travels into a unique opportunity to collect playing cards.

Taylor was a frequent contributor to The New Phoenix during the era of Don Tanner's editorship. In addition to publishing tricks in the magazine, Taylor was on the art staff and created a series of one-panel "Mr. Ogg" comics.

He was awarded the IBM Order of Merlin Excalibur award for fifty years of continuous membership. He frequently attended IBM Ring 193 -- The Wilford Hinkson Ring -- in Salt Lake City where he mentored young magicians.

His playing card collection was auctioned off in 1997.


  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 35, No. 9, November 1955, Austria Magicians Honor Fred Taylor, page 102
  • Magie (MZVD) Vol. 62, No. 4, April 1982, (short biography, picture), page 107
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 74, No. 7, July 1994, PUBLICITY NOTES, page 84
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 75, No. 5, May 1995, Broken Wand FRED G. TAYLOR, page 123
  • Magie (MZVD) Vol. 75, No. 6, June 1995, Fred G. Taylor (85) gestorben (death announcement), page 246