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Ed Reno

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Ed Reno
BornEdward Munn Burdick
August 23, 1861
Baldwinsville, New York
DiedApril 2, 1949 (age 87)
Kankakee, Illinois
Resting placeMound Grove Cemetery in Kankakee

Ed Reno (1861-1949) performed as "Reno the Great" and "Professor Reno" for several decades throughout the United States and the world billing himself as "King of Conjurers".[1]


At one time with William B. Alvord, he organized a magical circus (using eighteen wagons) that toured for eight years. He then went on to Chautauqua for twenty-three years.

He settled in Kankakee, Illinois and lived there the last fifty years of his life.

His wife performed as Mme. Reno, "The Empress of Magic."[2]

Reno was affectionately known to hundreds of young magicians as "Uncle Ed". Ed Reno was an honorary life member of the I. B. M. and was accorded the title "dean of American magicians." An extensive biography, "Ed Reno and His Magic" appeared in the March and April 1944 issues of The Linking Ring.


  2. Sphinx, February, 1912
  • Mahatma, Vol. 3, No. 7, January 1900, Professor M. Reno and Mdme. E. Reno, page 335
  • Cover, The Sphinx, Vol. 26, No. 3, May 1927, EDWARD M. RENO, page 85
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 9, No. 1, March 1929, Eduard M. Reno, page 56
  • The Sphinx, Vol. 39, No. 3, May 1940, Eduard M. Reno, by John Snyder, Jr., page 70
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 25, No. 6, August 1945, Ed Reno Picnic Get-together, by J. Ray Beffel, page 23
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 26, No. 7, September 1946, Ed Reno’s Birthday Party, by J. Ray Beffel, page 26
  • The Sphinx, Vol. 45, No. 7, September 1946, Ed Reno Honored, by J. Ray Beffel, page 221
  • The Sphinx, Vol. 48, No. 3, May 1949, Ed Reno 1861-1949, page 81