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G. Ray Terrell

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G. Ray Terrell
Borncirca 1895
DiedFebruary 18, 1972 (age 76)
Williamstown, Massachusetts

G. Ray Terrell 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. Broken Wand, Linking Ring, April, 1972
  2. MUM, May , 1972
  3. Genii 1944 May (cover)