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Richard Buffum

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Richard Buffum
BornRichard D. Buffum
March 5, 1921
Long Beach, California
DiedSeptember 23, 2003 (age 82)
CategoriesBooks by Richard Buffum

Richard D. Buffum (1921-2003) was a columnist for the Los Angeles Times (where he tried to sneak in magical topics for the public whenever possible) and publisher of Abracadabra Press starting in 1979. [1] [2]


He was elected into the Society of American Magicians Hall of Fame and received the H. Adrian Smith Literary Award.

Dai Vernon had spent a week at Buffum's home in 1965 putting his life story on audio tape. The tapes were eventually transcribed and used for the book The Vernon Chronicles Volume IV: He Fooled Houdini Dai Vernon A Magical Life (1992).[3][4]


Published by Abracadabra Press

  • Stanley Collins: Society Entertainer & Magic Collector (1984)
  • The Haunted Hat (1985)
  • The Magic- Shop (1988)
  • Henri Robin: Expositor of Science and Magic (1990)
  • Harlan Tarbell (1993)


  2. "Memoirs Of A Magician's Ghost" in The Linking Ring, Vol. 66, No. 3, March 1986, page 52
  3. Obit Magicol No. 149
  4. Obit Genii 2003 November
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 55, No. 11, November 1975, Memoirs Of A Magician's Ghost, The Autobiography of John Booth, CHAPTER 101, page 53
  • The Magic Circular, Vol. 97, No. 1049, December 2003, RICHARD BUFFUM MIMC 05/03/1921-23/09/2003, page 423
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 83, No. 12, December 2003, BROKEN WAND, RICHARD BUFFUM, page 155