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Magicpedia:Selected anniversaries/February 17

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  • 1917 - Mars, the Magician, was born Alston Cockrell in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1920 - Joseph K. Schmidt (1920-2007),an amateur magician and illustrator was born in Pinconning, Michigan.
  • 1933 - Larry Jennings (1933-1997), known for his close-up card technique and friendship with Dai Vernon, was born in Detroit, Michigan.
  • 1934 - Norm Nielsen, an American stage magician, magic collector, dealer, and known for his Floating Violin routine, was born.
  • 1940 - Edward Bagshawe (1902-1940), a magic dealer during the 1920s in London, dies.
  • 1948 - Geoff Maltby, founder of Repro Magic, was born.
  • 1954 - Dr. Jacob Daley (1897-1954), a plastic surgeon and amateur magician, dies in New York.
  • 1971 - Lou Bertol (1894-1971), a prolific designer and builder of children magic effects, dies in Washington D.C.
  • 2011 - Eugene Gloye (1927-2011), who wrote the Our Magical Heritage column in The Linking Ring, dies.