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Bud Dietrich

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Bud Dietrich

Cover of Genii (1970)
BornCarl Bud Dietrich
May 7, 1922
East St. Louis, Illinois
DiedSeptember 24, 2014 (age 92)
Belleville, Illinois
Notable worksMr. Hoyle
AwardsSt. Louis Heritage Award

Carl Bud Dietrich (1922-2014) performed full time as a professional trade show magician.


Dietrich became interested in magic when reading one of Jean Hugard's books while attending St. Joseph's College in Indiana. He performed a bit while serving in the Army during the war.

In the 1950s, he was very active in the magic community serving as President of IBM Ring 1 in St. Louis Missouri then territorial vice-president for Missouri and Illinois. During this time he performed a night club act while managing the golf club at Grand Marais State Park during the day.

By the 1970s, he was working corporate trade shows full time and was employed frequently by the manufacturer of HOYLE playing cards, billing himself as "Mr. Hoyle".

He marketed a number of tricks and books and contributed the effect Super Sack (with by Randy Tanner) to Close-Up Fantasies Book II By Paul Harris (1980).

Dietrich was only the second living recipient of the St. Louis Magical Heritage Award, an honor given by IBM Ring One and SAM Assembly Eight in 1996.



  • Tops, Vol. 21, No. 6, June 1956, New York Magi-Chat by Frank Garcia, page 25
  • Genii, Vol. 35, No. 2, October 1970 (cover) Bud Dietrich "Mr. Hoyle" by Dick Jarrow, page 80
  • MUM, Vol. 73, No.11, April 1984, Magician of the Month by John U. Zweers, page 10
  • Linking Ring, Vol. 69, No. 9, September 1989, OUR COVER CARL 'BUD' DIETRICH by Jim Nagel, page 66