|Born||William Francis Steele|
|Died||September 09, 1955 |
Veteran's Research Hospital, Chicago
Rufus Steele (1881-1955) started out as a professional gambler and became a well known card expert.
Rufus grew up in New England and told his friend Robert Parrish that he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to become an electrical engineer. His interest in magic came from meeting Dr. James William Elliott. Rufus never married nor had a family of any kind. He was very active in the magic community and the IBM.
- Card Tricks You Will Do (1928)
- Card Tricks That are Easy To Learn (1935)
- 50 Tricks You Can Do, You Will Do, Easy to Do (1946)
- 52 Amazing Card Tricks (1949)
- Paul Rosini's Magical Gems (1950)
- The Last Word On Cards (1952)
- The Linking Ring, Vol. 28, No. 7, September 1948, MYSTERY MAN EXPOSED (autobiography) by Frances Ireland, page 19
- The Linking Ring, Vol. 35, No. 8, October 1055, 1881 – William Francis (Rufus) Steele – 1955, page 16, William F. (Rufus) Steele Dies In Hospital by Frances Ireland, page 101
- The New Phoenix, Vol. 331, October 1955, Back Talk, page 131