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BornArthur Glen Babbs
Resting placeLakeside Cemetery, Colon, Michigan

Arturo (1921-1987) was the stage name of Glen Babbs, who worked for Abbott's in the 1950s.[1][2]


Arturo became interested in magic at the age of ten after seeing a performance by E. J. Moore at his school in Thornville, Ohio.

After High School he became professional magician, first playing churches, social and lodge gatherings. By the age of 18, he was taking an hour and a half long magic show on the road for the Frank H. Meyers Attractions of Columbus, Ohio. Arturo designed and built most of the magic. In He coined the name 'Arturo' from his first name by 1939.

Arturo set up shop in Columbus and built magic for several dealers and made custom-built magic for individuals. After closing the shop, he would build many illusions which were sold mostly through U. F. Grant.

He would eventually accepted an offer from the Abbott Magic Company, and moved his family to Colon, where he became the superintendent of the wood and metal shops.[3]

Arturo invented the Cutting a Girl in Sixth illusion among many others.[4]


  1. Who's Who in Magic: An International Biographical Guide From Past to Present by Bart Whaley (1990)
  3. Cover, New Tops, November 1966