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Ray Goulet

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Ray Goulet
BornRaymond J. Goulet
January 20, 1930
Cambridge, Massachusetts
DiedOctober 7, 2017 (age 87)

Ray Goulet (French: Goo-lay) (20 January 1930 – 7 October 2017) was a lifelong resident of Watertown, Massachusetts, a Korean War Veteran, a licensed insurance and real estate broker, and a professional performer for over 40 years.[1][2] He was the owner of The Magic Art Book Co., The Magic Art Studio, and the Mini Museum of Magic.


He married his assistant Ann Marie Ford in 1949 and worked professionally as "The Raymonds." For five years he toured with an illusion show, after a stint with the U.S.O. under the stage name "Raymond and his Mystic Maids." He also performed a solo mental act as "Ray Raymond."[3]

In 1967, he opened The Magic Art Book Company on Spring Street in Watertown. Originally specializing in used and rare books and apparatus, he expanded his offering and retail square footage the following year. At that time he also renamed the store The Magic Art Studio, but retained the Magic Art Book Company name for the publishing side of his business. He had been the producer and director for many years of New England’s biggest annual show, the Magicale in Boston, sponsored by the S.A.M.

He was an Honorary Member of the Society of American Magicians, Past Territorial Vice President of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, a founder and past president of IBM Ring 122 (Boston), a member of the Magic Collectors Association, a founder and past president of New England Magic Collectors Association, and a member of Magic Circle (Inner Magic Circle With Gold Star).

Goulet served on the Historian Committee, the SAM Hall Of Fame Board of Directors, the S.A.M. Psychic Committee and is Vice President of Milboume Christopher Foundation.[4]

Awards and honors



  1. "Magic Art Studio: A Museum of Magic History," Bon Marche, Jay Malbrough, Genii, Vol. 43, No. 4, April 1979, pp. 278-279.
  2. Cover, "Ray Goulet: Magician of the Month," Larry White, M-U-M, Vol. 80, No. 6, November 1990, pp. 11-17.
  3. Memoirs of a Magician's Ghost: The Autobiography of John Booth, Chapter 271: "Ray Goulet: Seen Through a Prism," The Linking Ring, Vol. 73, No. 7, July 1993, pp. 68-71.
  • Cover, "Ray Goulet," Webster Bull, The Linking Ring, Vol. 65, No. 5, May 1985, pp. 48-51.
  • Memoirs of a Magician's Ghost: The Autobiography of John Booth, Chapter 272: "A Mini-Museum Trip Through Magic History," The Linking Ring, Vol. 73, No. 8, August 1993, pp. 65-68.
  • Errata (regarding Goulet's surname), The Linking Ring, Vol. 73, No. 9, September 1993, p. 53.
  • Cover, "Ray Goulet's Mini Magic Museum: An Inside Look," Ann Goulet, M-U-M, Vol. 95, No. 3, August 2005, pp. 30-35.
  • Cover, "Ray Goulet: The Working Pro," Frank Dudgeon, The Linking Ring, Vol. 86, No. 2, February 2006, pp. 31-35.
  • "Raymond J. Goulet," A Checklist of Conjuring Catalogs, Burton S. Sperber, 2007, p. 13.