|Born||January 2, 1928|
Brooklyn, New York, New York
|Died||January 24, 2003 (age 75) |
Len Cooper was a magic dealer and owner of the Browser's Den of Magic in Toronto. He also served as president of I.B.M. Ring 17.
Cooper was first exposed to magic in 1939 watching a pitchman demonstrating Svengali Decks at the New York World's Fair. Within a few years he would join a magic group at his local library and the magic group F.A.M.E..
Spending a lot of time at Tannen's magic shop, he would eventually get a job from Lou Tannen. This was interrupted in 1946 when he was sent into the army where his main contribution was in performing magic for other servicemen, perfecting his act. After the war Len became a professional magician and performed in clubs and television. Cooper would vacation in the Laurentians in Montreal and perform at the hotels to help pay for his lodgings.
He would give up magic to run a music shop in New York, which he operated for twenty years. He would later move to Toronto in 1975 to open up The Browser's Den Magic Shop where many local magician would stop by including Jay Sankey, Gary Kurtz, and Doug Henning. After twenty-five years, in 1995, Cooper sold the shop to Jeff Pinsky.