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Bob Hurt

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Bob Hurt
BornRobert Bradshaw Hurt
September 29 1905
DiedSeptember 2, 1979 (age 73)
Lafayette, Indiana
Resting placeThorntown, Indiana
Known forclown magic, IBM President

Bob Hurt (1905-1979) was a magician and clown, charter member of the IBM Ring 219 in Lafayette, Indiana (now known as the Bob Hurt/Ron London Ring), and served as IBM International President (1972).[1]


Hurt is the namesake for the IBM Ring 219 in Lafayette, Indiana, which he and his wife, Velma were charter members. He toured under the name "Bradshaw the Magician" and "Bob Hurt, Clown Magician". He was elected International President of the International Brotherhood of Magicians in 1972 and also served in several elected positions at the state level.

During the height of his career, he was doing three to four shows a day for the public and school assemblies. [2]

The following bio was sent by Hurt for the 1977-1978 Directory of Bob Hurt Ring 219 in Lafayette, Indiana. [After two rejections, they finally got the following letter:]

"My third and last attempt to please and satisfy an eccentric, fuss duddy printer that has to have everything right. I became interested in Magic in the year of 1912 watching old horse drawn wagons of the medicine men selling there elxiars to releave all kinds of ills and pains with three magic introductions, and the stage shows of the Red Path Chataquas a tent show with a one week stand, they always carried a Magician each year for two performances. While attending Shortridge High of Indpls in the early twenties I was able to see Houdini; Thurston and Blackstone. In the late forties and fifties my wife Velma and I made or living from the Magic Circuit mostly School assemplies. Two and Three a day. After becoming affiliated with the International Brotherhood of Magicians I had the pleasure of first serving that organization as State Representaative of Indiana and thru that many other offices. In 1972 I was elected by the membership to be there International President. I would not take anything for the experience; enjoyment and the many Magical friends that I have met in the past 63 years. I have been a clown since 1912. You can readily see that a few words I was unable to spell, could not even find them in my dictionary, so help me out ... ... ... ..."

Hurt and his wife owned a pet shop in Lafayette for 25 years.[3]


  1. Genii 1978 June, Vol. 42, No. 6, page 373 by Bill Larsen Jr.
  2. Findagrave listing
  3. Obit Genii 1979 October