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Mysterious Brown

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Mysterious Brown
BornDota Claudius Brown
circa 1916
DiedOctober 10, 1999 (age 82)
Palm Desert, California

Mysterious Brown (1916-1999) was a retired naval officer, camera repair shop owner, taught artist, art teacher (in public schools), a school assembly magician and ventriloquist.


Brown was a Chavez Studio of Magic student who learned ventriloquism from Max Terhune in exchange for magic lessons.

He held I.B.M. number 3611 and was a member of Ring 291 which he served as Ring Secretary and Ring Reporter.

Brown worked for Abbott's for a couple of years in the 1940's and designed some of the stencils used on props.

He used a vent figure, Harley, made by George McAthy.[1]

A publicity photo can be seen at the Conjuring Arts online exhibit, "The Many Faces of Magic."[2]


  • Story of Harley
  • Neil Foster (1988)
  • Tracing Grampa's Footsteps
  • The Whole Ventchilada


  1. Broken Wand, December 1996