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Maurine Christopher

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Maurine Christopher
BornMaurine Brooks
DiedFebruary 28, 2013

Maurine Brooks Christopher (1920-2013), the wife of magician Milbourne Christopher (1914-1984), was a writer and one time Radio and TV editor of Advertising Age Magazine.[1]


She had a distinguished career in journalism as a reporter for the Kingsport Times before becoming a reporter for the Baltimore Sun newspaper from 1943 to 1945. A graduate of Tusculuim College in Greenville, she earned an A.B. degree in English and political science and held an honorary Doctor of Letters from St. John's University in New York. She produced the weekly syndicated radio program called "Adbet" and "Stars of Advertising."

She married Milbourne on June 25, 1949 and kept her husband's memory alive after his death by pioneering the Milbourne Christopher Foundation which recognized magicians for their contribution to the art of magic each year.

She was a life member of the S. A. M. and belonged to Parent Assembly #1 in New York City.[2]

In November 2010, Maurine Brooks Christopher, published a special edition of "Houdini: A Pictorial Life" with Christopher Collection curator David Haversat[3]

In April 2011, she sold a sizable portion of Christopher's collection of rare books, memorabilia and archival materials at auction through the Martinka Magic Co.

In 2012 Milbourne Christopher The Man & His Magic by William V. Rauscher was released by David Haversat's 1878 Press Co. and has a chapter dedicated to Maurine Christopher.[4]


  • America's Black Congressmen Thomas Y. Crowell (1971)
  • The Illustrated History of Magic Carroll & Graf (2005 edition)
  • "Houdini: A Pictorial Life" Haversat's 1878 Press Co. (2010)