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Billy McComb

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Billy McComb

Cover of Genii (1968)
BornWilliam Henry McComb
April 12, 1922
Belfast, Ireland
DiedApril 30, 2006 (age 84)
Los Angeles, California
CategoriesBooks by Billy McComb

Billy McComb (April 12, 1922 - April 30, 2006), born in Belfast, was a magician and comedian. He was one of the United Kingdom's leading magicians in the 1950s and 1960s, before taking up residence in Los Angeles, California in the 1970s.


McComb would often end his show with his Slow Motion Vanishing Birdcage.

He was the son of the physician Sir Charles Henry McComb, who was knighted for his research into X-rays. McComb graduated as a doctor of medicine in 1949 to please his father but the same year moved to London to pursue his own ambition to be an entertainer. There he met and married June Cochrane, an Irish beauty queen, who later performed a magic act as June Merlin. [1][2][3][4][5]



  1. Cover Genii 1968 October
  2. Billy McComb on The Internet Movie Database
  3. Times Obit
  4. Gemini Archives
  5. Cover, Genii Magazine, Vol. 69, No. 8, August 2006, Remembering Billy McComb April 12, 1922 – April 30, 2006, by Gordon Bean and Friends, page 32
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  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 64, No. 9, September 1984, Memoirs Of A Magician's Ghost, by John Booth, CHAPTER 187 – Sir Charles Henry McComb's Son, The Magician, page 61
  • Cover, M-U-M, Vol. 76, No. 7, December 1986, Billy McComb, Magician of the Month, page 13, McComb and his Magic, by Billy McComb, page 17
  • M-U-M, Vol. 76, No. 8, January 1987, More from Billy McComb (continued), page 23
  • The Magic Circular, Vol. 90, No. 962, January-February 1996, This is Your Life, Billy McComb, by Peter D. Blanchard, page 12
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 86, No. 6, June 2006, Billy McComb 1922–2006, About Billy, by Nick Lewin, page 48, Broken Wand, Billy McComb, page 122
  • M-U-M, Vol. 96, No. 1, June 2006, Broken Wands, William Henry “Billy” McComb, page 36
  • M-U-M, Vol. 96, No. 2, July 2006, Remembering Billy, by Terry Seabrooke, page 33
  • M-U-M, Vol. 98, No. 1, June 2008, It’s June, by Julie Sobranski, page 56
  • Magicana (New Zealand), Vol. 58, No. 349, June-July 2011, Memories on Visits with the Late, Great William McComb, by Nick Lewin, page 20