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George Goebel

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George Goebel
BornGeorge Frederick Goebel III
July 19, 1932
Baltimore, Maryland

George Goebel (b. 1932), was a costumier in Baltimore and semi-professional illusionist with large full-evening show starting in the late 1960s to the early 1980s.[1]


His interest in magic began at the age of 10 when he received a Gilbert Mysto Magic Set one Christmas.

Two years after high school, Goebel enlisted in the Army Security Agency and was stationed in Japan.[2]

As owner of A.T. Jones Co. in Baltimore he has outfitted many shows and operas.

He married Carole Busby, a social worker, in 1957, who worked onstage as his assistant.

Goebel assembled the "George Goebel Magic Show" in 1968, with a cast of 30 and 60 crates of illusions, travelling aboard a 22-foot truck.

He came to national attention when his friend Milbourne Christopher invited him to appear with him on Jackie Gleason's 1962 Christmas special. He would also appeared again with Christopher on a subsequent Gleason show, on "The Garry Moore Show" and in a Houdini documentary.[3]


  2. Magic Manuscript, Jan/Feb 1985

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