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Bob Weill

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Robert K. Weill
BornNovember 1, 1912
Buffalo, New York
DiedApril 20, 2000 (age 87)
Lewiston, New York

Bob Weill (1912-2000), who managed the radio division of the Weill Advertising Company in Buffalo until forming his own management consulting business, directed the Linking Ring Hocus Pocus Parade along with Eddie Clever and Joe Ovette starting in 1941.[1]


Weill also conducted a column in the Linking Ring known as "Bob's This N' That" from 1930 to 1940 which he combined original ideas with his viewpoints on magic and magicians in general.

Upon the death of his close friend Caryl Fleming, Weill created "The Fleming Fund" to pay the membership of magicians who belong to the I.B.M. but whose financial situation would not permit them to keep their membership.

Along with co-founder Gene Gordon, Weill helped produce the Piff Paff Poof Convention held in Fort Erie, Ontario, so named for a trick Gordon had marketed.

When Ted Annemann did his bullet catching effect, it was Bob Weill's father who fired the gun. In 1939, Weill co-wrote and published, with Ralph Hinkson, a spoof issue of The Jinx, known as the "Fake Jinx", which upset Annemann very much.

Later, with the P. Howard Lyons, Weill founded and ran the invitation-only Ibidem Events in the Oban Inn at Niagara-on-the-Lake, which later became the Oban Event.


Funny Talk for Magicians (1942) with Frank Lane


  1. By Thompson, Jr., J.G.. "My Best", 1945, p. 379
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 25, No. 7, September 1945, ROBERT K. WEILL, By Gene Gordon, page 27
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 80, No. 7, July 2000, Obituary Robert K. Weill, page 143