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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.

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  • April 10, 2015, Father Cyprian Murray (1938-2015), a Catholic priest,and past national president of The Society of American Magicians, died.
  • March 27, 2015 - Stanley Kramien (1925-2015), who toured North America as "The Great Kramien" for more the 35 years, died.
  • February 7, 2015 - Argentinian close-up magician René Lavand (1928-2015) died.
  • February 7, 2015 - Barber and magic inventor Dean Dill (1947-2015) died.
  • January 5, 2015 - prominent author of several biographies about magicians James B. Alfredson (1937-2015) died.

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  • 1900 - Paul Le Paul was born Paul Shields Braden in Olney, Illinois.
  • 1921 - Carl Hertz was summoned to the British House of Commons to prove that his act did not harm the birds.
  • 1998 - Shari Lewis died.

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