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Doug Kornegay

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Doug Kornegay
BornDouglas Raymond Kornegay
January 21, 1933
DiedMarch 2, 2015 (age 82)

Doug Kornegay (1933-2015) spent a career in the theater performing magic with his wife Donnie.


Kornegay's enthusiasm for magic began when he received a magic set for his seventh birthday. He soon became a regular at Howard's Magic Shop in downtown Houston and was performing for the public by the age of fifteen.

As a teenager, he won a world championship Yo-Yo title at the 1949 Toronto Exposition. This led him to become a representative for the Duncan Yo-Yo Company, traveling throughout Mexico, Central and South America promoting the brand.

While serving in the Special Services branch of the United States Army, Kornegay entertained the troops, touring the U.S. and Japan. After his discharge, he played theater circuits throughout the United States and Canada. He appeared on numerous network television shows including The Steve Allen Show, Dave Garroway's Today, and Super Circus. Other forays into variety entertainment included performing in circuses, owning a small traveling carnival, consulting for films, and promotions for shopping mall openings. He also owned the Oak Village Movie Theater in Spring Branch in the 1970s.

In the years before his death, Kornegay worked back stage in many of Houston's theaters including the Music Hall, Jones Hall, the Coliseum, the Convention Centers, Miller Outdoor Theater, and the Wortham.

Kornegay was an active member of many magic organizations for more than 50 years including the International Brotherhood of Magicians, the Society of American Magicians and the Texas Association of Magicians. He served as the President of the Texas Association of Magicians. [1]

Honors and awards

  • Dean of S.A.M. Assembly 19
  • Order of Merlin – Excalibur
  • Order of Willard;
  • "Best of Convention" for his performance at the 1966 TAOM convention in Houston, Texas