|Born||October 08, 1888|
|Died||October 07, 1963 (age 74) |
Wilford Hutchinson Sr. (October 8, 1888 - October 7, 1963), born in Ashton-under-Lyne near Manchester, England, was a magician and popular magic dealer.
Hutchinson became interested around 1908 after by reading Professor Hoffmann's Modern Magic and Hercat's Chapeaugraphy, Shadowgraphy and Paper-Folding. He began performing magic shows, billed as "The Unique Conjurer", specializing in paper folding and paper tearing.
He joined the The Order of the Magi and by 1915, he was advertising items for sale in the Magic Wand. He started producing products under the trade name of 'Ashlyn' (a contraction of Ashton-under-Lyne).
In 1961, he began the 'London Notes' column in New Tops magazine describing the current British magic scene. He continued until his death with the final article being a report on the British Ring Convention at Southport in the Vol. 3, No. 11 (November 1963), an issue which also carried his obituary.
His eldest son, Wilford Hutchinson, Jr., also became interested in magic and continued with the 'London Notes' column in New Tops in 1964.
- Complete Rich Cabinet of Magical Curiosities by Edwin A. Dawes (2005)