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Bev Taylor

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Bev Taylor
BornBeverly Wilford Taylor
DiedApril 15, 2005
Chesterfield,, Missouri

Bev Taylor (1924-2005) was the founder of Townhouse Magic (1945) and their principle magic trick designer.


He was a builder of the magic apparatus and effects produced by that company, with such items as Forgetful Freddie, Mutilated Parasol, Blemo Penetration, Chick Pan, Phantom Tube, and the Westgate Bowl. He sold the company to Don Lawton, only to take it back after the new owners failed. Many of the hallmarked items from Townehouse Magic are very collectable today.

Taylor published the first book written by Karrell Fox, Kornfidentially Yours, in 1954.

Taylor served as president of I.B.M. Ring One in 1953 and as I.B.M. Territorial Vice-President. He was also a member of the S.A.M. In the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. Taylor received the Order of Merlin — Excalibur Award for 60 year continuous membership to the IBM.[1][2]


  1. Beverly ‘Bev’ Wilford Taylor by Bruce Hetzler, Linking Ring, June, 2005
  2. History of Magic in St. Louis by Don Rataj (2011)