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Larry Valentine

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Larry Valentine
BornBen W. Tallman
circa 1936
DiedFebruary 27, 1977 (age 40)

Larry Valentine, known as the "Clown Prince of Magic", was a professional magician in the Chicago area.

In the 1970s he was playing over 200 club and trade show dates each year.

He served as an officer at one time or another in each of the various clubs I.B.M., S.A.M., Wizards Club of Chicago, and The Houdini Club of Wisconsin.

Valentine inaugurated an award to the best article in the Houdini Gram (publication of the Houdini Club of Wisconsin). The award was continued in his honor and was called the Ben Tallman Trophy.

As a lecturer, he was in demand across the United States and was feature at last 1976 S.A.M. Convention in Philadelphia.[1]

He was a member of the Magic Castle and had lectured there in 1976 just before his death of a heart attack at the age of 41.He was a member of the Magic Castle and had lectured there in 1976 just before his death. earlier in the year. [2]

A publicity photo can be seen at the Conjuring Arts' exhibit "The Many Faces of Magic."[3]

Books

  • Making Magic Pay

References

  1. Magic Circular,June/July 1977
  2. Genii 1977 March
  3. http://conjuringarts.org/exhibitions/the-many-faces-of-magic/larry-valentine/