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David Drake

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David Drake
BornDavid Campbell Foote
Vancouver, Canada
DiedAugust 23, 1998
Toronto, Canada
CategoriesBooks by David Drake

David Drake (1931-1998) is the stage name of Canadian, Dave Foote, born in Vancouver, British Columbia.


In the 1950s, after graduating from the University of British Columbia, he worked as a freelance writer, did scripts for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and for nearly five years wrote a weekly quiz show.

In 1960's Drake's interest in magic was revived when he became acquainted with magicians in the Toronto area. He moved to Europe with his wive, Elve, and lived in Spain for six months and then London where he was a regular visitor to Ken Brooke's Magic Studio.

Moving back to Toronto in the 1970's, Drake began performing close-up at regional conventions such as the Tri-City Party, NYCAN, and the Society of Canadian Magicians. He was on the close-up program at the I.B.M. Convention in Buffalo, in 1972. Drake worked professionally in the 1970s performing at sales conventions, trade shows and clubs. He also taught a course in close-up magic at a community college in Toronto for many years.

Drake was a regular at the Toronto Round Table meetings held at the King Edward Sheraton Hotel, preformed at the Forks Hotel and was a regular at the FFFF convention.

Drake contributed to various magic journals including Tops, Genii, Pentagram and the Canadian Parades in The Linking Ring. He wrote a column for the Levitator, a magazine published by the Society of Canadian Magicians. He also wrote a biographical sketch of Ross Bertram which appeared in Magic and Methods of Ross Bertram. He was also assistant editor of the Linking Ring.

Honors and Awards

  • Cover Linking Ring August 1981 [1]
  • Won two Linking Trophies for his contributions to the Linking Ring.


  1. The Linking Ring, Vol. 61, No. 8, August 1981, OUR COVER, DAVID DRAKE, page 50, DAVID DRAKE Hocus Pocus Parade by PHIL WILLMARTH, page 55
  • Obituary Genii 1998 September
  • The Linking Ring, VOL. 78, No. 10, OCTOBER 1998, A Magical Tribute David Drake by David Ben, page 81, BROKEN WAND, DAVID DRAKE (A.K.A. DAVID FOOTE), page 154
  • The Magic Circular, Vol. 92, No. 989, October 1998, OBITUARIES, David DRAKE AIMC, page 277
  • M-U-M, Vol. 88, No. 6, November 1998, Broken Wands, David Drake, page 51