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Chet Karkut

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Chet Karkut
BornChester L. Karkut
August 29 1915
DiedAugust 9, 1996 (age 80)

Chet Karkut (1915-1996), a policeman by trade, was a semi-pro magician and collector.


Karkut was a close friend with Al Flosso, Jack Chanin, Walter B. Gibson and Joseph Dunninger.

As a collector he specialized in items by Theodore DeLand.

He was a guest of honor at the Fifth Magic Collectors' Weekend in 1974.

Karkut retired in 1975 as Chief of Detectives in his hometown of Shelton, Connecticut.

He was one of the founders and Dean of the Frederick Eugene Powell IBM Ring 59, a long-time member of the Magic Collectors Association, the Magicops, Magicians Alliance of Eastern States and a Charter, Honorary Life Member of the New England Magic Collectors Association.


  • Obit, Magicol No. 121 (November 1996).
  • Obit, Linking Ring, November. 1996