MagicPedia:Selected anniversaries/December

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  • 1857 - Report in the Wiener Zeitung of Hofzinser's card manipulations.
  • 1940 - Ottokar Fischer, who dedicated his life to the history of magic (most notably with the magic of Hofzinser), dies.
  • 1978 - David Nixon, English magician and television personality, dies.
  • 1987 - Paul Clive, English magic dealer and brother of Douglas Craggs, dies.

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  • 1899 - Eddie Joseph, prolific inventor and author, is born.
  • 1957 - John Albenice, an American nightclub magician and author, dies.
  • 1964 - Marco Tempest, known to combine technology and magic, is born in Zurich, Switzerland.

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  • 1776 - Mr. Pierre Jaquet-Droz's Mechanical Exhibition is now opened at No. 6, in King Street, Covent-Garden, London, from 12 to 3 o'clock every morning and from 7 to 10 every evening, Sundays excepted.
  • 1911 - The Demons Club of Baltimore was inaugurated at the home of Arthur D. Gans.
  • 1958 - Von Arx, professional magician and brother of The Great Nicola, dies.
  • 1969 - Vaudeville and nightclubs performer Jack Gwynne dies.
  • 1990 - Bruce Posgate, long time Forum columnist for New Tops, dies.

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  • 1889 - Joseph Vanek, a Hungarian scientist, politician and magician, passes away.
  • 1966 - American bandleader, composer, violinist, magician and practical joker Richard Himber dies.
  • 1984 - Doug Henning opened his show World of Magic on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre.

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  • 1895 - Harry Francis Willard, in the long line of Willard the Wizards, was born in Clarksville, Texas.
  • 1923 - Herbert Brooks (1873-1923), a British stage magician who went to America to performed in the Vaudeville, dies in Arizona.
  • 1940 - Frances Louise Willard, daughter of Harry Francis Willard and part of a mentalist team with her husband Glenn Falkenstein (1932-2010), is born.
  • 1958 - Mell Melson (1890-1958), who was Abbott's staff artist and ran Tops from 1936 to 1957, dies in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1960 - Henry Clive (1882-1960) who traveled the world as a magician as "Clive the Illusionist" dies in Hollywood California.
  • 1985 - J. Gary Bontjes (1935-1985) an amateur magician who served as National President of the S.A.M. in 1971, dies in Morton, Illinois.
  • 1996 - Jim Temple, the invented of Color Monte, dies at the age of 77.

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  • 1882 - Nicola was born William Mozart Nicol in Burlington, Iowa.
  • 1978 - Doug Henning's World of Magic show four airs on NBC.

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  • 1967 - Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos, better known as Criss Angel, was born.
  • 1976 - Magic designer and inventor Paul Fox dies.

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  • 1934 - Vaudeville coin manipulator Manuel died in an car crash.
  • 1963 - Mrs. Lillie Flosso, wife of Al Flosso, passes away.

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  • 1963 - German magician Kalanag died.

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  • 1893 - Samuel Lewis Whittington-Wickes, known as Amazing Chang, is born.
  • 1895 - Benjamin R. Badley, known as Devo, is born.
  • 1975 - Francis Carlyle, creator of Homing Card, died.
  • 1975 - After eight months of design and rehearsal, Doug Henning's World of Magic aired live on Friday, December 26, on NBC with special guest Bill Cosby
  • 1980 - Goodliffe, creator and editor of Abra, died.

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  • 1875 - Clement De Lion who toured the United States in vaudeville around 1910 with his act "Two Hands, Twelve Billiard Balls — That's All!", was born Knut Waldemar Clement
  • 1898 - Ade Duval, known for his "Smoking of the Thumb" act, was born Adolph Amrein.
  • 1904 - William W. Larsen, Sr., founder and editor of Genii magazine, was born.
  • 1984 - The Doug Henning Tour ended at the Gershwin Theatre in New York City.
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