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Winston Freer

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Winston Freer (1910-1981) was born and raised in Vermont where he attended the University of Vermont, but eventually moved to Chicago and became a full time magician.

Winston Freer
BornWinston H. Freer
August 21, 1910
Vermont, USA
DiedApril 29, 1981 (age 70)

In the 1930's he worked at Abbott's Magic in Colon, Michigan and performed under the name Alladin and later Doc Maxam.

He was known for freezing ice in his bare hand and a no-key Linking Rings routine. He also developed a one-man method for levitating a spectator that caused quite a stir in the magic community, which was captured on the cover of The Linking Ring, August 1941.

He also published his occurrence classification of magic in The Linking Ring which classifies effects from the audiences' point of view.

Freer also fancied himself a mathematician. One of his creations was his Tile Puzzle in which the pieces nor the frame change shape or size in any way, but when pieces are removed the board remains full just like at the start.[1]


  • 25 Rice Bowl Methods (1954)
  • The Magic of Doc Maxam (1954)
  • Adventures of Winston Freer CD (2008)

Marketed tricks


  • Winston Freer Geometrical Vanish
  • Half-Wit Deck.


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  1. Video of Winston Freer's Tile Puzzle