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Magicpedia:Selected anniversaries/February

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  • 1874 - John Henry Anderson, The Wizard of the North, dies.
  • 1932 - Glenn Falkenstein is born and would later become a popular act with his wife as "Willard and Falkenstein".
  • 1936 - Mel-Roy, The Mental Mystic and pioneer of mentalism on radio, marries his assistant Treva.
  • 1942 - Harry Rouclere, a successful magician by himself and with the mentalism act of Mildred and Rouclere, dies.



  • 1886 - Frank Van Hoven was born in Sioux City Iowa. He would worked his way to top billing on the United States vaudeville circuit billed as the "Mad Magician" and "The Man Who Made Ice Famous".
  • 1981 - Indian mystic Kuda Bux dies.
  • 1991 - Tommy Tucker, who began with a manipulative act under the name, "The Boy Wonder" and later developed a two person mentalism act with his wife Liz, dies.




  • 1867 - Max Dessoir, German philosopher and theorist of aesthetics, is born.
  • 1956 - Collins Pentz, magic dealer, publisher, and club organizer, passes away.
  • 2011 - Pavel, 1st prize for invention at 1982 FISM for his Walking Knot, passes away.




  • 1844 - Alexander Herrmann was born in Paris to a physician who occasionally performed throughout Europe as a conjuror.
  • 1884 - Jack Miller, expert on the use of the Holdout, was born.
  • 1910 - J. B. Bobo was born in Texarkana, Arkansas and christened with those initials only.
  • 1926 - Jackie Flosso was born Jack Levinson to legendary magician Al Flosso.
  • 1943 - Bess Houdini, wife and assistant of Harry Houdini, died aboard a train bound for New York as it arrived in the town of Needles, California.
  • 1991 - Tommy Martin, the first magician to play Radio City Music Hall in New York City, passed away of complications from Alzheimer's Disease in Houston.
  • 1996 - Ludwig Hanemann, was a bizarrist, magician, and mentalist from Germany known as Punx, died.





  • 1926 - Val Andrews is born.
  • 1962 - Al Saal passes away.
  • 1980 - Broadcast of Doug Henning's the fifth special, which was taped at the Las Vegas Hilton.



  • 1917 - Mars, the Magician, was born Alston Cockrell in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1920 - Joseph K. Schmidt (1920-2007),an amateur magician and illustrator was born in Pinconning, Michigan.
  • 1933 - Larry Jennings (1933-1997), known for his close-up card technique and friendship with Dai Vernon, was born in Detroit, Michigan.
  • 1934 - Norm Nielsen, an American stage magician, magic collector, dealer, and known for his Floating Violin routine, was born.
  • 1940 - Edward Bagshawe (1902-1940), a magic dealer during the 1920s in London, dies.
  • 1948 - Geoff Maltby, founder of Repro Magic, was born.
  • 1954 - Dr. Jacob Daley (1897-1954), a plastic surgeon and amateur magician, dies in New York.
  • 1971 - Lou Bertol (1894-1971), a prolific designer and builder of children magic effects, dies in Washington D.C.
  • 2011 - Eugene Gloye (1927-2011), who wrote the Our Magical Heritage column in The Linking Ring, dies.


  • 1888 - A pioneer of mentalism on the radio Mel-Roy (1888-1966) "The Mental Mystic" was born Wilbert Willis Holley.
  • 1957 - The professional circus illusionist Taft (1883-1957) dies
  • 1960 - The IBM Ring 19 gives a tribute to Bruno Warnecke (c.1868-1961), who at the age of 92, also performs at it.
  • 1972 - The "The Debonaire Deceptionist" G. Ray Terrell (c.1895-1972) dies in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
  • 1984 - Comedy magician, actor and screenplay writer Howard Brooks (1909-1984) dies.
  • 1988 - Considered one of the best card magicians of his time, Bill McCaffrey (1899-1988) dies just one day before his 89th birthday.


  • 1904 - David Bamberg was born. Son of Okito, he would join the magical dynasty and perform as "Fu Manchu".




  • 1868 - David Wighton, better known as David Devant ("Devant" means "in front of" in french), born.
  • 1907 - Theodore John Squires, better known as Ted Annemann, born.
  • 1926 - Donald Alan McWethy, better known as Don Alan, born.
  • 1958 - Bert Allen Gustafson, better known as Bert Allerton, died.
  • 2002 - Arnold Furst, the inventor of Fresh Fish, died.


  • 1890 - Harlan Tarbell (1890-1960), stage magician, illustrator and author of Tarbell Course in Magic, was born in the Illinois town of Delavan.
  • 1913 - P.C. Sorcar (1913-1971), stage name of the Indian magician Protul Chandra Sorcar, was born in India.
  • 1953 - Herman L. Weber (1900 - 1953), who performed as Namreh (Herman backwards), dies
  • 1954 - Jeff Busby was born.
  • 1964 - Milton Woodward, part of "Woodward and Cooper", dies in England at the age of 61.
  • 1969 - Carl Rosini (1885-1969), who performed for crowned heads of Europe, Prime Minister Churchill and President Roosevelt, dies in Florida.
  • 1966 - Don Alan performs on the Mike Douglas Show.
  • 1995 - Norman Hunter, last surviving magician from Maskelyne's shows, dies at the age of 94.
  • 1995 - Playing card collector Fred Taylor dies in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • 1999 - Folklorist, writer-editor and amateur magician Gershon Legman (1917-1999) dies.
  • 2012 - Magic dealer and publisher Martin Breese (1937-2012) dies.


  • 1864 - Magic manufacturer Carl Brema is born.
  • 1872 - The Great Lafayette (Sigmund Neuberger) was born in Germany. He is noted for his elaborate stage settings and spectacular showmanship.
  • 1874 - Henri Robin, a major celebrity in France, dies in Paris.
  • 1887 - Michael F. Zens, who helped start the Houdini Club of Wisconsin, is born in Kenosha, Wisconsin
  • 1889 - Cecil Lyle, who would become known for his Magical Milliner Act, is born.
  • 1919 - Adrian Plate, one of the first members of the SAM, dies.
  • 1919 - Lenny Greenfader, an influential magician in New York City, is born.
  • 1948 - Popular English stage magician, magic dealer and author Will Goldston dies.
  • 1955 - Harry Kahne, The Incomparable Mentalist, known for being able to write upside down and backwards while reciting poetry at the same time, dies in Los Angeles, California.
  • 1960 - The "Dean of Southern Magicians", Julian Boehm dies in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1976 - Horace Marshall, son of Vaudeville magician Marshall, the Mystic, dies in Akron Ohio.
  • 1999 - Eugene Pronk, who performed as "Marlowe the Magician" and "Pronk the Magician", dies in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.



  • 1638 - Claude-Gaspar Bachet, a mathematician who wrote books on mathematical puzzles, dies in Bourg-en-Bresse, France.
  • 1889 - Paul Razoux, who would become the Dean of SAM Assembly No. 9, is born in Boston.
  • 1907 - John H. Percival makes his debut as a paid performer as "Mysterious John" at the Town Hall in Plainsville, Massachusetts.
  • 1908 - Edward Maro, one of the first successful headlining magician on the Lyceum and Chautauqua circuits who billed himself as Billed as the "Prince of Magic", dies.
  • 1933 - A séance was held that night at Hanussen's Palace of the Occult.
  • 1949 - John B. Handy, founder of the Hill City Magicos in Lynchburg, Virginia dies.
  • 1980 - William Turner, a writer of Western novels and amateur magician, dies.
  • 1995 - The 43rd annual Blackpool Magicians Convention was held.



  • 1876 - Harry Canar, who would become a leader among the magical fraternity in the 1920s, is born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • 1907 - Charles Bertram (1853 - 1907), a British magician who performed for royalty, dies.
  • 1911 - Eric Williams, The Whimsical Wizard, is born in Leabury, England.
  • 1938 - Frederick Eugene Powell, who performed with Imro Fox and Servais LeRoy as part of the billing called the "Triple Alliance", dies.
  • 1957 - President of the IMPS (Sydney) and a founder of the IBM Ring 102 in Sydney, Stan Larkin dies
  • 1971 - Presto the Magic Clown Show, starring Bill Dopp, begins airing on a station in Louisville.