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Seattle, Washington

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Seattle, Washington is a coastal seaport city and the seat of King County, in the U.S. state of Washington. With an estimated 634,535 residents as of 2012, Seattle is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest region of North America and one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States. The Seattle metropolitan area of around 3.5 million inhabitants is the 15th largest metropolitan area in the nation. A major gateway for trade with Asia, Seattle is the 8th largest port in the United States and 9th largest in North America in terms of container handling.

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One of the first mentions of Seattle in magic periodicals is in Mahatma of July 1898. Otto Hornmann, in his Egg and Bag Illusion description, mentions meeting Albini there in 1893.

Magic Clubs (past and present)

International Brotherhood of Magicians Ring 52 (originally Ring 59) is located in Seattle, Washington.

Society of American Magicians Assembly 43 ("The Jean Foley Assembly") was formed in Seattle, Washington in 1946.

Magigal Assembly No. 2 was formed in Seattle in 1944.

Magical Points of interest

Magical Events

  • 1931 - The Seattle Ring, Number 59 of the International Brotherhood of Magicians began meeting on March 16, 1931.
  • 2004 - Pacific Coast Association of Magicians convention was held in Seattle.

Prominent Magicians

  • Del Adelphia (1868-1917) had his own workshop in Seattle by 1913.
  • Dr. Emil Bories (c.1852-1907), an amateur magician in Seattle, Washington, had a very extensive medical practice holding several offices in medical societies, and with insurance and railroad companies.
  • Bill Bowman (1883-1984) served as the first president of The Seattle Ring, Number 59 of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.
  • Syd Brockman (1898-1984) ran the magic shop at 110 Seneca Street in Seattle, Washington from the late 1950's until the building was demolished in 1974.
  • George Buyken was a noted amateur magician who performed in the Pacific Northwest for nearly 70 years.
  • David Charvet (b. 1961) was born in Seattle.
  • Ernesti (?-1973) was known as the Clown Magician in the Bainbridge Island, Washington area.
  • Jean Foley (1903-1994) moved from Pittsburgh to Seattle in 1943 and operated "Foley's Magic Shop" from 1946 until 1958.
  • Leslie Hunt (fl. 1920s-1950s) and his wife Julie performed Gospel Magic for leading Church Groups in the Seattle area in the 1950s.
  • Harry Louine (c. 1880-1973), who had the title "King of Koins" was bestowed upon him, moved to Seattle from San Francisco in 1907.
  • Harvey Long (1916-1992) was known as "Seattle's Mr. Magic" and was a prominent local professional from the 1940's-1990's.
  • Louise V. Long (fl. 1960s-1980s) was a Seattle Washington magician who performed magic as "Hou-Teeny" and clown magic as "Teeny."
  • John Lovick (b. 1962), known as "Handsome Jack" has a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre from the University of Washington in Seattle
  • Brett McCarron (b. 1959), The Amazing Whitney in the 1980s and 1990s, was born in Seattle.
  • John Pomeroy (1938-2000), a magician, inventor, craftsman and magic dealer, was born in Seattle.
  • Charles Neil Smith (1887-1972) moved to Seattle where he served as Historian and then President for the P. C. A. M. Smith became known as the "elder statesman" of magic in the Seattle area at the time. His daughter, Pauline Smith (born 1912), performed at the 28th Annual Ladies Night of the Seattle Magic Ring in 1958. She never married and was active in the Seattle assembly of the Magigals until her death in the 1980's.
  • Rev. Mildred Bangs Wynkoop (1905-1997), an Evangelist who used magic tricks to illustrate her teachings, was born in Seattle.


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