Help us get to over 4,000 biographies in 2018.

If you know of a past magician not listed in MagicPedia, start a New Biography for them or Email us your suggestion.

Arthur Altman

From Magicpedia, the free online encyclopedia for magicians by magicians.
Revision as of 13:03, 17 September 2013 by Hardi (Talk | contribs)

(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)
Jump to: navigation, search
Arthur Altman
BornArthur Altman
June 18, 1906
DiedOctober 12, 1982 (age 76)
Syracuse, New York
Resting placeWoodlawn Cemetery Syracuse Onondaga County
Arthur Altman (1906-1982), an eastern account executive for Dawe's Laboratories, was known among the close-up magic fraternity for his skill with cards.


Altman developed an interest in magic through the influence of his brother, Al Altman, a talent scout for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

He was appointed by Harry Houdini to succeed him as president of the S.A.M. Assembly in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1926.

As a sergeant during World War II, Altman worked with the Intelligence branch of the U.S. Army.

He wrote a newspaper column on magic and made several film shorts.[1]

His son Jeff Altman carried on the magic tradition.[2]


  1. Genii Magazine, Vol. 47, No. 1, January 1983, Obituary, Arthur Altman, page 73
  2. Magic Manuscript, August/September 1983