|Born||Werner F. Dornfeld|
October 07, 1892
|Died||September 05, 1982 (age 89) |
Werner F. Dornfeld (October 7, 1892 - September 5, 1982), billed as "Dorny", a National President and then Dean of the Society of American Magicians, performed on vaudeville stages and attended many magic conventions.
As a soldier in World War I, he became a member of the variety show. Dorny became involved with the I.B.M. and was given Number 4, though he claimed to be the first official member since the others were all officers.
The Chicago SAM Assembly #3, which he was a founder member, was named in his honor. He was also a member of the Magic Circle, the Dean of the Mazda Mystic Ring and the Wizards' Club in Chicago.
Dorny regularly penned a column for Abbott's Tops magazine.
Honors and Awards
- Dean of the Society of American Magicians (1973)
- Master Fellowship from the Academy of Magical Arts (1978)
- Guest of Honor at 1982 IBM convention in New Orleans.
- Elected to the Society of American Magicians Hall of Fame
- Trix and Chatter (l921)
- Dorny on Trix (1954)
- Dorny's Comedy Blackouts (1962)