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Jim Buffaloe

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Jim Buffaloe
BornJames Gerald Buffaloe
July 11, 1929
Memphis, Tennessee
DiedDecember 30, 2011 (age 82)
Notable worksBuffaloe'd
Known forCoin Magic
CategoriesBooks by Jim Buffaloe
Jim Buffaloe (1929-2011) was a semi-pro basis magician and coin expert from the St. Louis area.


Buffaloe received his first magic set when he was 9 years old & grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, and graduated from Memphis Technical High School. He worked his way through college performing magic and music.

In 1949, he met J. B. Bobo. They became friends and Buffaloe submitted items for Modern Coin Magic.

He was shown on the cover of the June 1985 Linking Ring magazine.

Buffaloe earned a bachelor of music degree from Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma, and a master of sacred music degree from The School of Sacred Music from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

He has worked as the Choral Director, music composer and piano tuner-technician. Jim work as the Choral Director for the St. Louis Community chorus and also had six of his hymn anthems published.

He was a member of both the IBM and SAM.

Buffaloe passed away in 2011 after a brief illness.




  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 65, No. 6, June 1985, Jim Buffaloe HOCUS POCUS PARADE by Phil Willmarth, page 67
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 67, No. 12, December 1987, Jim Buffaloe HOCUS POCUS PARADE by Phil Willmarth, page 61
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 79, No. 12, December 1999, HOCUS POCUS PARADE Jim Buffaloe One-Man Parade by Phil Willmarth, page 93
  • Buffaloed, The Magic of Jim Buffaloe (1998), About the Author, page 223
  • M-U-M, Vol. 101, No. 10, March 2012, 8 Jim Buffaloe – Coin Man, page 13