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Ray Amy

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Ray Amy
BornRay Amy Amarantes
?, 1924
DiedJanuary 30, 1954 (age 29)
Madill, Oklahoma
Resting placeOak Grove Memorial in St.Louis County

Ray Amy (c.1924-1954) was the stage name of mentalist, Ray Amy Amarantes.


Ray Amy, at the age of 16 in St. Louis, became friends with Roba Collins and Ben Badley. He was with a travelling museum doing magic and escapes. He became an assistant to Collins when Collins managed a side show on the Austin Bros. Circus. He was also with Collins on the Buck Owens Circus & Wild West. Collins was also his agent handling him as "Raymond, the Magician & Co.", and the spook opera, "Raymond and his House of Horrors", which played throughout the Mid-West until in the summer of 1952.

In the years before his death he also worked with Norvelle Weirheim in a very fast mental act until they split up. [1][2]

Ray Amy divorced Lorene Crabtree in 1947, with whom he performed fast mental as "Ray & Zorella" .[3][4]

He published a column in Tops] called "THE VOICE OF THE MENTALIST" in the 1950s.

In 1954, Ray Amy and his new wife, Virginia (age 21), who presented a mental act, were found dead in a tourist court in Madill, Oklahoma due to asphyxiation. The couple had given a mentalism show at Kingston, Texas High School the previous night. They traveled in a car with small trailer for their mmagic equipment. [5][6]



  1. Tops, MARCH 1954
  2. Tops, DECEMBER 1947
  3. Tops, June 1947
  4. The Billboard September 20, 1947
  5. Broken Wand, Linking Ring, Mar 1954
  6. Billboard, February 1954