April 13, 1907
New York City
|Died||November 27, 1993 (age 86) |
Irving "Doc" Desfor was a photo-retoucher, art director, photo-writer and amateur magician.
He was 15 years old when his first photograph was published. Desfor was a photographer with AP from 1929 until he retired in 1972. He continued as a freelance columnist for AP until 1979 when he moved to Florida. His wrote the nationally syndicated photo-columnist "Camera Angles" for 31 years.
Desfor was taught magic by Dr. Joseph Fries in 1931. He did his "Photo-Magic" act starting in 1948 in USA, Europe, and Singapore.
During World War II, Desfor performed with his son Donald as The Desfor Brothers 
He was famous for his photographs of magicians in action, beginning with Blackstone. His photos appeared in major magic journals for over fifty years.
He was President of SAM Parent Assembly #1 in 1964.
The December issue of Magic, carried a six-page feature story chronicling his life and times.
- Academy of Magical Arts Special Fellowship (1983)
- Magic Collectors' Weekend honoree (1983)
- Milbourne Christopher award at the 1993 SAM convention in New Orleans
- Great Magicians in Great Moments: A Photo Album (1983)