Ray-Mond

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Ray-Mond
BornRaymond Monroe Corbin
September 29, 1916
Medford (near Westminster), Maryland
DiedJuly 04, 2003 (age 86)
Jacksonville, Florida

Ray-Mond (1916-2003) , born Raymond Monroe Corbin, began a professional performer as a teenager with Dr. Miles medicine show.

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Biography

By 18 he was working as a mentalist-mindreader act as "Rajah Ramo". At the age of 22, he was performing stage magic in Vaudeville. He would bill himself as the "Aristocrat of Deception" after seeing a Hellmann's Mayonnaise truck advertising its product as the "Aristocrat of Mayonnaise."[1]

He toured Europe as the magician with the "Yankee Doodlers" Ninth Air Force entertainment team in World War II. [2]

Opened his Ray-Mond's Studio of Magic in Westminster, Maryland in around 1946.

In late 1940s, he started touring with his illusion show and then later as a ghost show with his assistant wife Doris Mae Corbin (whom he had married in 1944).[3]

He founded the Ray-Mond Assembly S.A.M. in Westminster, Maryland, was one of the organizing founders of the Society of Young Magicians and served as the National SAM President (1984-85). He was a Silver Star member of the Inner Magic Circle, London, England and a member of the Order of Merlin Excalibur in the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

He wrote articles for New Tops and Legerdemain.

Ray-Mond was also elected into the Society of American Magicians Hall of Fame in 1990.[4]

Awards

  • 1965 - MAES Best Effect.

Books

References

  1. http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2003-07-08/news/0307080060_1_magicians-corbin-westminster
  2. (cover) Magician of the Month, MUM, August 1984
  3. Memoirs Of A Magician's Ghost, The Autobiography of John Booth CHAPTER 262 - RAYMOND; FROM PITCHMAN TO MIDNIGHT GHOST SHOWMAN , Linking Ring, August 1992
  4. Broken Wand, MUM, September, 2003



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