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C. Foster Fenner

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C. Foster Fenner
BornCharles Foster Fenner
Cranston, Rhode Island
DiedJanuary 1967

C. Foster Fenner (1887-1967) was a performer, artist, teacher, and collector.


Fenner was related to the Governor of Rhode Island during the revolutionary war, hence the numerous "Fenner Street" in towns across Rhode Island.[1]

His first public performance was at a church social at the Bell Street Chapel in Providence in 1902.

As a professional performer in the days of vaudeville he toured the country.

In 1908 Fenner organized the Fenner Magical Company out of his home in Providence. He organized ihe first local of the National Conjurers' Association Local No. 2. (No. 1 being the New York club) and was one of the six founding members of the Providence Society of Magicians.

After he retired from his full-time job as an inspector for the Kennecott Wire and Cable Company in the mid 1950s, he formed the "C. Foster Fenner Junior League Magic Group". He continued to train young magicians until the mid 1960s

Fenner kept several scrapbooks of Rhode Island magic, chronicling the history of performances of leading magicians visiting Rhode Island.[2]

He appeared on Jay Kroll's "Talk of the Town" T.V. show on Channel 10 in Providence on Jan. 2, 1962.[3]

When he died, Fenner was considered the "Dean" of Rhode Island magicians. The SAM Assembly 26 in Providence Rhode Island is known as the "C. Foster Fenner Assembly". [4]


  2. C. Foster Fenner: Rhode Island’s Prince of Magic by Ed Hill, : Yankee Magic Collector #10 (2002)
  3. Obit, MUM, March 1967
  4. Obit, Linking Ring, March 1967