As Tom Palmer (1961)
May 22, 1925
|Died||December 21, 1991 (age 66) |
Northwestern Hospital in Chicago
|Known for||Bizarre Magick|
Tony Andruzzi (1925-1991) was born Timothy McGuire on May 22, 1925 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, performed as Tom Palmer, Masklyn ye Mage and Daemon Ecks. Andruzzi made numerous notable contributions to the art of Bizarre Magic, ranging from major contributions to the philosophy of the art form and numerous magical effects to helping develop and maintain the community of artists.
He was re-christened within his first year by his foster parents, Charles and Gertrude Palmer, as Thomas Stewart Palmer. He was married four times and took the name Tony Andruzzi after divorce from his second wife Bunny.
From the 1950s to the early 1970s his performances were comedy illusions. He adopted the name Tom Palmer and had his legal name changed to Thomas S. Palmer. Under the name Tom Palmer, he published several pieces of magic including The Flea Circus Act, Modern Illusions and The Comedy Act of Tom Palmer.
He was married from 1947 to 1964 to Gloria Jacobson, for whom he designed her "Vampira" act in 1960. In 1970 he reclaimed Antonio C. Andruzzi as an alternative legal name. He started performing in a style known as bizarre magic and became a preeminent founder and contributor to the movement.
He invented his "Satan's Seat" illusion by 1959.
From 1981 to 1991 he became editor of the bizarre magic magazine New Invocation, one of the cornerstone publications in solidifying the movement. By issue #12 (Oct. ‘82) he had become publisher as well, and continued with the publication through issue #60 (Dec. ’90).” As a bizarrist, he published books which are highly valued for their content, scarcity and handmade artistry.
Andruzzi founded an an annual conclave of bizarrists known as the "Invocational", which were held from 1984 until 1990.
With Brian Flora, he produced an instructional magic video on bizarre magic called Bizarre which documents many of his notable creations as a bizarrist. In addition, he appeared in an interview with Eugene Burger on his instructional magic video Eugene Goes Bizarre. Andruzzi's contributions to the art of bizarre magic have made him a revered name in the community of bizarre magicians.
Awards and honors
- 7 TAOM awards from 1959 to 1963.
- Unspeakable Acts: Three Lives and Countless Legends of Tom Palmer, Tony Andruzzi, Masldyn ye Mage (2011) 
As Tom Palmer:
- Modern Illusions (1959)
- The Tie Pitch (1960)
- The Vampira Act (1960)
- Rolon: Tom Palmer's Great Table (1961)
- The Famous Flea Act (1962)
- Cagey Doves (1962)
- The Comedy Act of and by Tom Palmer (1969)
As Masklyn ye Mage:
- The Negromicon of Masklyn ye Mage (1977)
- Grimoire of the Mages (1980)
- Daemon's Diary (1980)
- The Legendary Scroll of Masklyn ye Mage (1983)
- M-U-M, Vol. 49, No. 2, July 1959, TOM S. PALMER magician-of-the-month by LESLIE P. GUEST, page 50
- Genii, Vol. 25, No.7, March 1961, Our Cover, Meet Tom Palmer, page 308
- The linking Ring, Vol. 72, No. 3, March 1992, Tom Palmer Succumbs by Terry Nosek, page 111, Obituary TONY ANDRUZZI A.K.A. TOM PALMER, page 120
- Cover & Article page 15 Genii, Vol. 63, No. 10, October 2000
- Genii, Vol. 68, No. 2, February 2005, "Tell Jack Ruby not to send the letter ..." by Richard Hatch, page 25 (refers to: Testimony of Thomas Stewart Palmer, on July 24, 1964, http://jfkassassination.net/russ/testimony/palmer_t.htm)
- A Tony Andruzzi Memorial