|Born||Harold Adrian Smith|
September 17, 1908
Providence, Rhode Island
|Died||January 13, 1992 (age 83) |
Cumberland, Rhode Island.
H. Adrian Smith (1908 - 1992) was a magic author and collector.
Smith became interested in magic as a young boy. His first paid performance was for a Methodist Church and other dates followed throughout his college years at Brown University, which helped put him through college.
In 1930, following his graduation from Brown, he was employed by General Electric in Lynn, Massachusetts and was later transferred to Schenectady, New York. When he got let go during the depression years, he put together his magic and presented shows throughout Southern New England. He became well known for his mind reading act. He continued performing until 1934 until he found a jobe as sales representative for a firm in North Attleboro, Massachusetts.
He entered military service in 1941 and was assigned to the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps as an auto mechanic. He worked his way up to Captain, served in the Okinawa campaign, and was discharged in April 1946.
After getting back from war, he was appointed 2nd Vice Pres. of the I.B.M., working his way to becoming President in 1948. He served in other capacities for the IBM until his retirement in 1983. He became a member of the Order of Merlin Excalibur in 1984.
It was his intention to have the Top's column "Magic Books of Another Day" collected, revised, and published in a single volume, but the project never completed. A nice compilation of about half the columns, with revisions and some additional material was published by Brown University (his Alma Mater) in "BOOKS AT BROWN, Volume XXXIV" (1987).
He amassed one of the finest libraries on magic including some of the most rare and out-of-print books and treatises. The collection was bequeathed to Brown University upon his death.
- Flap Slate Wrinkles (with U.F. Grant) 1931.
- Master Mysteries of 1933
- Card System Deluxe (1937)
- Superb Tricks (1953)
- Cover, Magician of the Month, MUM, August 1975
- Cover, Obit, Linking Ring, March 1992