David Livingston Price, Jr.
|David Livingston Price, Jr.|
Cover of Genii (1962)
|Born||David Livingston Price, Jr.|
December 15, 1910
St. Louis, Missouri
|Died||July 30, 1998 (age 87) |
David Price, born in St. Louis, Missouri, was the owner of the Egyptian Hall Museum and author of Magic: A Pictorial History of Conjurers in the Theater (1985)" Price devoted his life to the study of magic and had a close friendship with magicians worldwide.
Price joined the IBM in 1929 and was a founding member of the Southeastern Magicians Convention in 1931. He performed as "DeLivingston" during the 1930s, until a foot injury during World War II ended his onstage career.
In 1953 he purchased the contents of W.W. Durbin's Egyptian Hall in Kenton, Ohio, which Durbin had decorated with photographs of magicians (starting in 1895). That collection became the nucleus of the Egyptian Hall Museum which was moved to Nashville, Tennessee.
After David's death, his son, Dave Price III, a circus enthusiast and former magician took over the museum and eventually sold the contents to Mike Caveney and George Daily. Caveney retained the rights to the Egyptian Hall Museum name.
- Cover Genii 1962 April, vol. 26, no. 8.
- Obit. Genii 1998 September, vol. 61, no. 5.
- Who's Who in Magic, Sphinx, May 1931