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Baltimore, Maryland

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Baltimore, Maryland is the largest city in Maryland and the 26th largest city in the United States. It is located in the central area of the state along the tidal portion of the Patapsco River, an arm of the Chesapeake Bay. Founded in 1729, Baltimore is the second largest seaport in the Mid-Atlantic United States. Baltimore's Inner Harbor was once the second leading port of entry for immigrants to the United States and a major manufacturing center.[1]<googlemap width="350" style="margin:25px;float:right" version="0.9" lat="39.283333" lon="-76.616667" type="map" zoom="7"> 39.283333,-76.616667 </googlemap>

Points of interest

Current and historical landmarks around Baltimore include:

  • Illusions Bar and Grill on 1025 S. Charles Street in Baltimore



Events that occurred in Baltimore[2]

  • Signor Falconi (fl. 1780-1816) performed at the Old Theater in Baltimore, Maryland on December 3rd in 1787.
  • Harry Kellar retired on May 16, 1908 with his last show at Fords Theater in Baltimore. He handed over the mantle of America's Greatest Magician to Howard Thurston.
  • Demons Club of Baltimore, Maryland was inaugurated on December 7, 1911 at the home of Arthur D. Gans, after the Society of Baltimore Magicians had disintegrated.
  • The Society of Osiris Magicians formed officially on April 6, 1923 and incorporated in Maryland was founded by Thomas Worthington in March of 1924.
  • The Pyramid Magic Club was a founded on February 2, 1925 in Baltimore, the city's first all-boy's conjuring organization.
  • Magic Collectors' Weekend, hosted by Society of Osiris, was held in Baltimore, Maryland in 2000.


Magicians, past and present, who have lived or worked in and around Baltimore:


  • Jacob Zemon (1868-1903) was a magician and restaurant owner in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Arthur Moris (1882-?) retired from performing and made his home in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife and their three children. Meetings of the National Conjurors Association's Baltimore division (Local #5) were held at his home.
  • John Wyman (1816-1881) lived in Baltimore Md and Washington, D.C. during his career before eventually making Philadelphia his home.


  • William T. Zerr (fl. 1940s-1950s) performed as "Zerr, the Mystic Mind" at charity events in Baltimore during the 1930s and 40s.
  • Milbourne Christopher (1914-1984) was born in Baltimore on March 23.
  • Robert Heller performed as a concert pianist Baltimore in 1854.
  • Howie Schwarzman (b. 1927, New York) resides in Baltimore.
  • Tom Osborne (1902-1963) grew up in Baltimore but move to Philadelphia in the late 1930s.
  • Frank Chapman (1901-1954) was born in Baltimore and wrote a column called "Chap's Corner" in Genii (1937-1944).
  • Hen Fetsch (1912-1961), a boyhood friend of Milbourne Christopher, was born in Baltimore.
  • Dr. Henry Ridgely Evans (1861-1949) Evans studied law at the University of Maryland, and began a practice in Baltimore City, but soon abandoned the legal profession for journalism. He died at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Bob Hummer (1906-1981), an eccentric magician who invented tricks like the Whirling Card, died in Baltimore.
  • Henning Nelms (1900-1986), a lawyer, theatrical director, amateur magician and novelist, was born in Baltimore.
  • Thomas Chew Worthington III (1882 - 1953) was born in Baltimore.
  • Herbert A. Davis (1869-1944), a magician on the East Coast, died in Baltimore.
  • Edgar Heyl (1911-1993), was a chemist employed by the State of Maryland, a magic performer, scholar, collector and later magic dealer in Baltimore.
  • Samri Frikell (1893 - 1952), born Charles Fulton Oursler in Baltimore, was an American journalist, writer, amateur magician and psychic investigator.
  • Alpigini (?-1959), in his later years, moved to Baltimore and frequented Yogi Magic Mart during the late 1940s.
  • Bob McAllister (1935-1998) had a career in children's television, starting with a morning shows in Norfolk, Virginia and Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Phil Thomas (1912-1998) was owner of Yogi Magic Mart in Baltimore Maryland.
  • William Lindsay Gresham (1909-1962), an American novelist best-known work is Nightmare Alley (1946) and a biography of Houdini, was born in Baltimore.
  • Isaac Twamley, a semi-professional magician, known for his "Smoking Clay Pipes" routine moved to Baltimore by 1917 and was active in the magic societies.
  • Arthur D. Gans (1890-1963) toured as "the safety first magician",Gans was the Safety Agent for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company.
  • George Weisensel (1898-1990), aka Weisini, moved to the Baltimore, Maryland area in 1924, where he later became a traveling dental salesman.
  • Wayne Raeke (1934-1998), a barber, amateur magician, author, lecturer, teacher, and dealer, was born in Baltimore.
  • Earl Canapp (1923-1989), a part-time professional magician known for his "The Senile Sorcerer" , died in Baltimore.
  • Herbert B. Davis (1906-1993), who entertained audiences for 70 years, lived for a time in Baltimore.
  • Charles Culver (fl. 1940s-1950s) was President of the Baltimore Maryland Demons Club in 1950.
  • Donald M. Cohen (c.1926-2013), a retired credit manager who performed as "Magic Don", was born in Baltimore.
  • Earle G. Heyl (1879-1960), a semi-professional magician, died in Baltimore.
  • Vincent Carey(1898-1975), who performed as a magician (as Carini), a clown (as "Vino"),died in Baltimore.
  • Ernest B. Marx (1898-1956), the founder of the Pyramid Magic Club and active member of the Society of Osiris in Baltimore was a teacher at Baltimore City College.
  • Dean Carnegie was born in Baltimore.
  • Larry Becker was born in Baltimore.
  • Dantini (1906-1979), the stage name of Vincent Cierkes, was a showman for more than fifty years performing in night clubs, vaudeville, carnivals, private parties and as an extra in movies.


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  • Lou Walston (1923-2005), a magician and clown, was the owner of the The Funhouse Magic Shop in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Vin Carey (1898-1975), a well known Baltimore Magician, opened Vin Carey's Magic Shop in 1945.
  • Michael Schirmer (1940-2014), was the Baltimore area magician "Mikdini".