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Bob Downey

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Bob Downey
BornRobert McEldowney
September 26, 1932
Windsor, Onterio, Canada
DiedApril 01, 1980 (age 47)

Bob Downey was a sleight-of-hand artist noted for an act combining humor and manipulative skill.[1]


He became interested in magic after his mother had taken him to Detroit to see Blackstone, Sr.

Downey launched his professional career in the early 1950's in Windsor, his hometown. It took him throughout North America, appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show and a tour of Playboy clubs. Other tours took him from Africa to the Arctic. He traveled for 10 years with an entertainment troupe jointly sponsored by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. and Canadian Armed Forces.

Downey moved to Detroit around 1962.

He was killed in a head-on car collision while returning to his Detroit home after an engagement in Ann Arbor.[2]


  1. Linking Ring, June 1980
  2. Obit, Genii 1980 June