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Earle Oakes

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Earle Oakes
BornEarle Dennis Oakes
July 9, 1923
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DiedSeptember 18, 2011 (age 88)
Lankenau Hospital, Lower Merion, Pennsylvania

Earle Oakes (1923-2011) was a magic illustrator who has worked with Kaufman and Company and Hermetic Press. He did architectural renderings as a profession.[1]


An Army Aircorps pilot during World War II, Earle was a lifelong artist. He and his brothers produced architectural renderings of most major building projects in Philadelphia for forty years (1951-1992). Following "retirement" he applied his energy and talent to two of his passions–magic and origami–by illustrating books and magazines.

His work is noted for its remarkable detail and wonderful sense of line. The hands have an almost three-dimensional modeled quality.

According to Chuck Romano's book Art of Deception, Oakes started doing magic illustrations part time in 1980 and went full-time in 1987, doing work for The Linking Ring. He began illustrating Magicana in Genii in 1999 when it was purchased from the Larsen family by The Genii Corporation.[2][3]

Marketed Tricks

  • Master Lock Routine (1981)

Books (as Illustrator)


  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 76, No. 3, March 1996, THE ART OF DECEPTION, by Chuck Romano, page 69
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 91, No. 10, October 2011, In Memoriam, Earle D. Oakes July 9, 1923 - September 18, 2011, page 73
  • Genii Magazine, Vol. 74, No. 11, November 2011, Genii Speaks – The death of an 88-year-old man, page 11
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 91, No. 11, November 2011, Broken Wand, Earle D. Oakes, page 110