November 24, 1903
Camden, New Jersey
|Died||March 31, 1993 (age 89) |
Lu Brent (1903 - 1993) was a semi-professional magician starting in 1927. He specialized in small magic.
His legal name was Benjamin Joseph Lubrant. The name Lu Brent came accidentally, from a clerk's mistake, when Lu enlisted for six years in the Army, in 1921. Lu liked the mistake and kept it.
He was known for coming up with new ways to present other magicians' effects. His first trick appeared in The Sphinx called Penciltration Matchik in Vol. 26, No. 9, nov. 1927, page 319. He also contributed to Magigram and Jinx.
Brent's 80th birthday celebration was reported in New Tops, July 1984.
The "Who's Who in Magic" column of the Sphinx for October 1933 issue shows a photo and lists:
- "LU-BRENT; b. Camden, N. J., Nov. 24, 1904; Benjamin Joseph Lubrent; semipro, since 1927; spec, small magic; ed. St. Joseph School; author Novel Magic, Super Card Mysteries, contributor to The Street, Camden, N. J. Sphinx; add. 1208 Liberty
- The Growing Hat (pre-curser to the Bongo Hat)
- Cig-Ash Trays (1954)
- Blendo-Bills (1959)
- Crazy Deck (1964)
- Peek-O-Book Test
- Diminishing Safety Pin
- Five Super Card Mysteries (1930)
- Novel Magic (1932)
- Exclusive Card Mysteries (1934)
- Five Star Card Effects (1943)
- Fifteen Star Card Effects (1956)
- Totally Refreshing ideas and Carefully Kept Secrets (T.R.I.C.K.S. - 1966)
- Lu Brent's Best Magic Tricks, Vol. 1 (1969)
- Lu Brent's Best Magic Tricks, Vol. 2 (1974)
- Lu Brent's Best Magic Tricks, Vol. 3 (1980)
- Torn & Restored Magazine Pages (1939)
- The Linking Ring, Vol. 25, No. 7, September 1945, THE STORY OF LU BRENT by Gene Gordon, page 15
- Tops, Vol. 12, No. 5, May 1947, Lu Brent -- Tricky Performer!, page 4
- Photo Genii 1951 April
- The Linking Ring, Vol. 33, No. 4, June 1953, The Lu Brent Story by Gene Gordon, page 15
- M-U-M, Vol. 83, No. 3, August 1993, ASSEMBLY REPORTS, page 38