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David Livingston Price, Jr.

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David Livingston Price, Jr.

Cover of Genii (1962)
BornDavid Livingston Price, Jr.
December 15, 1910
St. Louis, Missouri
DiedJuly 30, 1998 (age 87)
Mariner Health Care, Nashville, Tennessee
Resting placeMiddle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery

David Price (1910-1998), 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.


An amateur magician, he wrote many historical articles for Genii and The Linking Ring.

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.


  • MAGIC, A Pictorial History of Conjurers in the Theater (1985)