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Don Rogers

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Don Rogers
BornErnest K. Schieldge
February 20, 1900
Hartford, Connecticut
DiedJuly 5, 1971 (age 71)
Sun Valley, California

Don Rogers (1900-1971), stage name of Ernest Schieldge, was an early member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and co-editor of the original Linking Rings.


His first public performance was in 1910 at a local Y.M.C.A.

He was recruited to the IBM in 1922 by foundering members Len Vintus and Gene Gordon as member number 3, making him the first non-officer member. He was co-editor (with Gordon) of The Linking Ring from 1922 until 1926. In the years that followed, he served as secretary, assistant secretary, and associate editor under Len Vintus.[1]

In 1948, he moved to Southern California and continued to perform both his magic and ventriloquism acts for the Elks, the Chamber of Commerce, and his own Masonic club.

Rogerswas booked at social hall of the First Christian Church in North Hollywood on June 4th in 1971, but the performance never took place. His health was failing and on July 5 he passed away.[2]

His middle name is most likely “Knight”.


  1. Cover, The Linking Ring, Vol. 51, No. 9, September 1971, OUR COVER, Don Rogers February 20, 1900 – July 5, 1971, page 35, BROKEN WANDS, Ernest K. Schieldge, page 100
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 1, No. 3, March 1923, INTRODUCING: Mystic Brother Ernest K. Schieldge, page 4
  • Cover, The Sphinx, Vol. 24, No. 9, November 1925, Ernest K. Schieldge, page 267
  • Cover, The Linking Ring, Vol. 4, No. 2, 1926 nd., Ernest K. Schieldge, page 23
  • The New Tops, Vol. 11, No. 10, October 1971, Final Curtain, DON ROGERS, page 52
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 92, No. 9, September 2013, Pictures from the Past, page 24, Answer to Pictures from the Past – from page 24, page 122
  • Ernest K Schieldge