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George F. Wright

Courtesy of granddaughter,
Barbara A. Wright
BornJuly 9, 1880
DiedJune 6, 1958 (age 77)
Resting placeWashingtonville Cemetery, Ohio

George F. Wright (1880-1958) was a magic enthusiast who had many ideas published in Tops and The Linking Ring.

Biography

Raised in Salem, Ohio, his love of magic started at the age of nine by a casual passerby doing a coin trick, then again at 12 by a visit to the county fair when he purchased a magic book a dime. After joining a circus, a side show magician fostered his love of the art.

A one time assistant to Kellar (he spent three seasons with him), his magic friends included Thomas Yost, Gus Roterberg , Ed Reno, Maro, Laurant, George E. Closson and Bill Durbin

Wright lived in the Reading, Ohio area (a Cincinnati suburb), from the late 1930 until the 1950s.

He spent a year as national organizer for the International Brotherhood of Magicians, and while active on committees was detailed to conduct an investigation into spiritualism.

Wright died at the nursing home June 6, 1958 of Bronchopneumonia, arteriosclerotic heart disease, and generalized arteriosclerosis.

Read more about George F. Wright...

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  • ... Author Clayton Rawson organized an informal exclusive magic organization in New York City called the Witchdoctors Club...
  • ... George Casaubon was the pen name of Monsignor Vincent Foy, a Roman Catholic priest and magic collector.
  • ... Professor Henderson (Milton H. Grannat) was one of the crew on the Monitor, during the Civil War. After retiring from the Federal Navy at the close of the Civil War, he became a magician.
  • ... Mac McDonald(1907-c.1982), of McDonald's Aces fame, was a diamond broker before he became a magician...
  • ... Jack Merlin (c.1885-1943) was buried at Marion National Cemetery in Marion, Indiana...
  • ... Houdini had a nephew, Harry Houdini Hinson, who was an amateur magician that died at the age of 21...
  • ... Houdini wrote under the name "N. Osey" for both Mahatma and his own Conjurers' Monthly Magazine....
  • ... American author John Ball (who wrote the mystery novel "In the Heat of the Night" involving the African-American police detective Virgil Tibbs in 1965) performed as a semi-professional magician in college as Jacques_Morintell...


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  • 1842 - Francis J. Martinka was born in Prague, Bohemia.
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  • 1863 - Bartolomeo Bosco, one of the greatest Italian conjurers of the 19th century, died.

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  • February 10, 2014 - Jeff Busby, a publisher of highly-regarded newsletters, props, and booklets, died in Wallace, Idaho.

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