Ed Keener

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Ed Keener

Cover of Genii (1971)
BornEdwin L. Keener
Marion, Indiana
DiedJanuary 14, 2006

Ed Keener (1923-2006) was a professional magician in an act with his wife, Nanci.


After serving in the army during World War II, Keener worked first as a trumpet player, and then as chauffeur. But, after meeting Nanci Hensley in Phoenix, he started working on a magic act for the two of them. They were married in 1952, and for the next thirteen years they performed at The Hollywood Palace, the Steve Allen shows on television, Magic Castle and a Western theme park outside of Phoenix.

On the advice of friends, they moved on to Europe and became such a popular act that they worked for the next 23 years.

Their "Magic of the Atmosphere" act consisted of magic with balloons including needles through balloon, shooting a silk into a blown-up balloon, and changing a white balloon into their poodle, Bianca.

They worked nightclubs, theaters, and television in 34 countries. Also two command performances for the Shah and Farah of Iran.

Keener retired to Las Vegas in 1986 and died after a bout with pneumonia and kidney failure.[1][2]



  1. Cover: Genii 1971 June
  2. Obit, Magic, March 2006

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