October 13, 1917
|Died||August 01, 2003 (age 85) |
Royal Oak, Michigan
Milt Kort (1913-2003), who lived most of his life in Michigan, was a part time amateur magician and full time pharmacist. He never traveled much, but many magicians would seek him out.
As a teenager in the 1930s, he worked as a demonstrator at Sterling Magic. He enlisted in the Army during World War II and became a supply sergeant. Eventually, he became a full time pharmacist, opening his own store - Kort's Drugs.
Professional magicians like Paul Rosini, Stewart James, Dr. Jacob Daley, J. B. Bobo, Charlie Miller, Cardini, Dai Vernon and many more sought out Milt Kort and shared secrets with him. Innumerable authors of magic books and articles fell back time and again to his immense knowledge.
He had two daughters, Janet and Sandra, who performed together as teenagers. Sandra illustrated numerous books for her dad and other magicians.
Kort had one simple rule which was Kort's First Principle: Have Fun!
- Kort is Now in Session (1962)
- Milton Kort's Lecture Notes (Ron Bauer, ed., ca. 1963)
- Off-Color Card Tricks (1970)
- Kort: The Magic of Milt Kort (Stephen Minch, 1999)
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- Milt Kort short biography
- Kort is Now is Session bibliography
- MagicBunny.co.uk - Interview with Milt Kort
- Milt Kort Passes, insidemagic.com (August 3rd, 2003)
- Milt Kort death announcement, www.magictimes.com (2003-08_04-10)
- Milton Kort Magic Token (wayback machien)
- International Brotherhood of Magicians Ring 22 History (wayback machine)
- Page 8. THE WORLD'S FAIR, Saturday, October 17, 1970, ... About Magicians By BAYARD GRIMSHAW Milton Kort
- The Linking Ring, Vol. 64, No. 9, September 1984, OUR COVER, MILT KORT, page 69
- M-U-M, Vol. 93, No. 6, November 2003, Broken Wands, Milt Kort, page 53