|Born||Joseph Pinckney Lawrence|
October 12, 1866
|Died||June 11, 1942 (age 75) |
Pink Lawrence (1866-1942), an ardent magical enthusiast, discovered Howard Thurston in New York City, playing in a vaudeville house in the early 1890's. Three years later, he brought him to the South and started him on his road to fame.
Thurston was a life-long friend and would visit him in Nashville often. He used to display a cancelled check for one thousand dollars, representing a loan to Thurston. Thurston's daughter, Jane, refereed to him as Uncle Pink.
He performed as "Laurence The Magician". At the time of this death, was one of the oldest living members of the Society of American Magicians, of which he was a charter member (member no. 55). He was also a long time member of the I.B.M. and the "permanent" president of the Nashville Cercle Magique which he helped organize in 1922.