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Mme. Reno

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Mme. Reno

Cover of Sphinx (Feb. 1912)
BornEmma Austin
August 31, 1867
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
DiedJuly 26, 1927 (age 59)
Kankakee, Illinois
Resting placeRiverview Cemetery, Baldwinsville, New York

Mme. Reno (c.1867-1927) was the wife and assistant of magician Ed Reno (1861-1949) who also performed as "The Empress of Magic".[1]


They were married in 1886 and Ed taught her to perform magic. A 1910 program listed her repertoire as "Hindoo Mysteries, The Turtle Dove's Dream, The Fairy Flower Garden, The Magic Rifle, A Comedy of Errors, A Temperance Lesson, The Unlucky Watch, Our National Emblem, A Worried Rabbit, and Electricity Annihilated: A Lesson From Mars."

The Sphinx for February 1912 honored her with a cover picture and praised her as a "woman of distinguished presence and graceful bearing," whose magic was "executed with all the skill and grace that her many years upon the stage has developed."[2]

She was an early member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and performed at least until 1924.[3]


  1. Obit, The Linking Ring, Vol. 6, No. 6, August 1927, IN MEMORIAM, Mrs. Emma Reno, page 522
  2. Cover, The Sphinx, Vol. 10. No. 12, February 1912, page 229
  3. The Linking Ring, Vol. 87, No. 11, November 2007, Women in Magic R: By Michael Claxton, Emma Reno, page 90
  • Mahatma, Vol. 3, No. 7, January 1900, Professor M. Reno and Mdme. E. Reno
  • The Sphinx, Vol. 26, No. 6, August 1927, Editorial - Mrs. Reno died, page 202