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Leslie Guest

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Leslie Guest

Cover of Genii (1947)
BornLeslie Pierce Guest
September 06, 1898
Pelham, New York, USA
DiedMarch 05, 1981 (age 82)
Summit, New Jersey, USA

Leslie Pierce Guest (September 6, 1898 - March 5, 1981), born in Pelham, New York, was a magician, shadowgrapher and active member of the magic community.[1]


Guest was interested in magic when he was only 11 years old He attended the University of Michigan, and the College of the City of New York where he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree. After college, he moved to Cincinnati where he became a close friend of Stewart Judah and John Braun.

He was mentored by Al Baker and pursued a full-time magic career in 1931 with his wife Nina.

After playing theaters, clubs and cruises for several decades they settled down in New Jersey after 1938, where he entered the sales promotion field.

He developed a shadowgraph act while performing with the U.S.O. during World War II.

Guest served as Secretary for both the Society of American Magicians and the IBM. He was a president of the SAM (1952-53), the editor of MUM for nine years and at one time associate editor of The Linking Ring. He wrote column in MUM entitled "My Magical Memories".



  • Melo-Dy-Namo (1948)
  • Lecture-Demain: If You Can't Invent, Adapt (1972)


  1. Genii 1947 August (cover)
  • Who's Who in Magic, Sphinx, October, 1932
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 32, No. 4, June 1952, Leslie P. Guest, National President, S.A.M, page 25
  • M-U-M, Vol. 42, No. 2, July 1952, LESLIE P. GUEST, magician-of-the-month by Milbourne Christopher, page 41
  • M-U-M, Vol. 68, No. 2, July 1978, LESLIE P. GUEST – MR. SAM. magician-of-the-month by John U. Zweers, page 10
  • Broken Wand - Linking Ring, May 1981
  • Genii, Vol. 45, No. 4, April 1981, Obituaries, Leslie P. Guest, page 255
  • The New Tops, Vol. 21, No. 5, May 1981, Final Curtain, Leslie Guest, page 30
  • M-U-M, Vol. 70, No. 12, May 1981, Eulogy for Leslie Guest, page 44