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G. Ray Terrell

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G. Ray Terrell

Cover of Genii (1944)
BornGeorge Raymond Terrell
December 25 1894
Rockville Center, Nassau Co., LI, NY
DiedFebruary 18, 1972 (age 77)
Williamstown, Massachusetts

G. Ray Terrell (1894-1972) was known as the "The Debonaire Deceptionist".


A member of the IBM and SAM, Terrell had started in magic at age 14. He became a professional magician in 1942 and performed throughout the United States at hotels and theaters.

In 1945 he gave a "command" performance for President Harry S. Truman in the White House. He also gave a similar performance for the then General Dwight D. Eisenhower who had just returned from Europe after WW II.

Terrell and his family moved to St. Petersburg, Florida in 1958, and to Vermont in 1968. [1]

He passed away following a performance at the "Winter Carnival" at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.[2]

For five months the Terrells played U.S.O. Camp Shows.[3]


  1. The Linking Ring, Vol. 52, No. 4, April 1972, Broken Wand, G. Ray Terrell, page 100
  2. M-U-M, Vol. 61, No. 12, May 1972, Broken Wand, G. Ray Terrell, page 14
  3. Cover, Genii Magazine, Vol. 8, No. 9, May 1944, G. Ray Terrell, page 316
  • The Conjurors' Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 11, January 1947, Speaking of Pictures, G. Ray Terrell, page 8, G. Ray Terrell, by Dell O’Dell, page 16
  • Cover, The Sphinx, Vol. 46, No. 11, January 1948, The Cover, page 340
  • Genii Magazine, Vol. 36, No. 4, April 1972, Ray Terrell Dies, by Ed Dart, page 179