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Doug Dean

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Doug Dean
BornDouglas M. Dean
February 25, 1932
DiedOctober 12, 2010 (age 78)
Lansing, Michigan
Resting placeChesaning, Michigan

Doug Dean (1932-2010) traveled around the country with his big illusion show and later his "Dr. Dean’s Medicine Show".


Dean graduated from Sexton High, MSU and Illinois College of Optometry. After practicing one year in Peoria, IL, he returned to East Lansing.

He was a charter member of IBM Ring 54, which is now named after him. He was also co-founder of Michigan Magic Day.

Dean battled the increasing restrictions of Parkinson’s disease for the last 16 years of his life.[1]


  • The New Tops, Vol. 7, No. 5, May 1967, Dr. Douglas Dean Purchases Birch Show, page 29
  • Genii Magazine, Vol. 31, No. 11, July 1967, Birch Show Closes, page 490
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 47, No. 7, July 1967, The Editor Hears – Birch’s Illusion Show sold to Dr. Douglas Dean, page 30
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 91, No. 1, January 2011, Broken Wand, Douglas M. Dean, page 117