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Bill Ilson

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Bill Ilson
BornWilliam Ilson
circa 1929
DiedJune 20, 1988 (age 58)
Williamsburg, Massachusetts

Bill Ilson (1929-1988) was a peace activist, art teacher, and amateur magician.


Ilson was a member of the S.A.M., I.B.M., and the Society of Moscow Magicians.

During a peace mission in 1985 he met Russian magician, Alexander Vorobiev in Moscow. Over the next few years they worked together to organize a cultural exchange of American and Soviety magicians to promote world peace through magic. In 1988, Ilson and eight other magicians went to the Soviet Union, at their own expense and performed with the Soviet magicians in theaters, schools, museums, cultural centers, and Red Square[1]

Ilson died of a heart attack two weeks after we returned from the Soviet Union.

In 1993, his wife Myra donated her Bill's library to the S.A.M. Omaha Magical Society Assembly No. 7 for use by the assembly's young member program. [2]


  1. Broken Wand, MUM,SEPTEMBER 1988
  2. MUM,JANUARY 1994