Kirk Kirkham

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Kirk Kirkham
BornCharles Wesley Kirkham
July 6, 1926
Battle Creek, Michigan
DiedDecember 4, 2001 (age 75)

Kirk Kirkham (1926 - 2001), nickname of "Chuck", but the magic profession and others gave him the name of "Kirk", served in World War II as a paratrooper. After the War, he returned to Michigan and joined the Blackstone, Sr. show. He also worked for Virgil, John Calvert and Orson Welles.

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He directed and assisted in the production of many live shows including the Ice Capades and Sea World of Ohio. He also was an adviser for many television shows to include "You Asked For It" and "The Colgate Comedy Hour".


In 1954, Kirk bought all of Will Rock's illusions when Will stopped preforming the "Thurston presents Will Rock in Mysteries of India" show

In 1973, Kirk was president of IBM RING #21 in Hollywood, California.

Kirkham had one of the largest private collection of stage illusions in the world. After Alzheimer started to over take Chuck, his family began selling off his illusions. Some of the old Thurston show, which he bought from Will Rock was shipped to a museum in France. Other pieces found their way into private collections like David Copperfield's.

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