George W. Stock

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George W. Stock

Cover of Sphinx (February 1908)
BornGeorge W. Stock
February 25, 1865
Cincinnati, Ohio
DiedJanuary 6, 1957 (age 91)
Springfield, Ohio

George W. Stock (1865-1957) was a professional magician and founder of the Cincinnati Magicians Club.[1] His professional tours featured the spiritualist Anna Eva Fay.[2]

Biography

His father, John A. Stock, toured Europe as a magician for twelve years then came to tour in America, settling in Cincinnati where he ran the LaFayette Mall Theatre during the Civil War.[3]

Stock was president of the Cincinnati Magicians Club for over 30 years, which later became the Queen City Mystics and then an assembly No. 11 of the SAM. He was on the cover of the Sphinx three times.[4]

He once sold a magic set for 9 cents which consisted of a piece of cardboard 9 inches wide by 13 inches long with 5 tricks. [5] Stock created the illusion of Sawing A Girl In Two In A Barrel which was featured at the Coney Island, Cincinnati's Amusement Park.

In 1924, he did the illusion at a radio station in Cincinnati. Alvin Plough, the station publicity director, described it for the studio and home audience. On the same program, Stock presented a type of sword box in which brooms were used in lieu of sabers.[6]

References

  1. Who's Who in Magic, Sphinx, February, 1933
  2. Cincinnati Queen City Mystics Assembly No. 11 - 75th Anniversary, MUM, January 1998
  3. Trix and Chatter by Werner C. Dornfield (1921)
  4. Cover, Sphinx, February 1908
  5. A-B-C of Magic Sets June 1981
  6. Obit, Linking Ring, February 1957


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