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Bob Elgas
BornRobert G. Elgas
July 3, 1929
Rapids, Iowa
DiedOctober 22, 2013 (age 84)
Resting placeEvergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Bob Elgas (1929-2013), a piano store owner, performed as Elgas The Wizard and was a nephew of the Great Nicola.

Biography

Elgas was an apprentice in his teen years to Harry Blackstone Sr.

He served in the U.S. Army, as part of the Musicians Corp. After getting out of the Army, he opened The Baldwin Piano Store in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He also owned a magic store in Colorado Springs, which included a Magic Theater. He rebuilt pianos and built magic illusions for himself and other magicians.

He was a member in the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

Elgas' two hour stage show took 8 hours set-up time.

Elgas would move to Las Vegas where he continued to repaired pianos and owned the Piano Store. He also was the proprietor of the Magic & Music Hall of Fame, on the second floor of the old Fitzgerald Casino in Las Vegas.


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  • ... Houdini had a nephew, Harry Houdini Hinson, who was an amateur magician that died at the age of 21...
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  • ... 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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On this day November 27...

  • 1876 - William John Hilliar born in England.
  • 1947 - The Show Houdini Lives Again played for three days at the Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport, Connecticut, co-starring Sherms, the Master Magician (Bob Sherman) and Hardeen, Jr (Douglas Geoffrey).
  • 1993 - Irving Desfor, famous for his photographs of magicians in action, passes away.

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  • July 7, 2014 - Ron Wohl, also known as Ravelli, died at the age of 77.
  • July 5, 2014 - Alan Alan, a retired British escapologist, magician and magic shop owner, died.
  • February 10, 2014 - Jeff Busby, a publisher of highly-regarded newsletters, props, and booklets, died in Wallace, Idaho.

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