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George Cook

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George Cook
BornGeorge J. Cook
September 15, 1903
Brooklyn, New York
DiedSeptember 30, 2002 (age 99)
Inverness, Florida

George Cook (1903-2002) served as National Secretary for the Society of American Magicians and as president of Parent Assembly #1 in New York City for many years starting in then 1960s.


He traveled the world doing magic performances and did shows on cruise ships for 15 consecutive years with his wife Dot (d. 1981). Cook billed himself Whitestone the Magician as a gag when he lived in Whitestone, New York, before moving to Peekskill, New York.

Cook became interested in magic at the age of seven when his dad bought him a Mysto Magic Set. For many years Cook worked for the U.S. Navy as an electronics engineer, maintaining the radar and sonar for ships in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. He also owned a radio station, WEVD, in New York City as a young man and took up ham radio, helping British sailors make contact with their families during World War II.

Cook invented "On Target" which later became known as the Sidekick effect.[1][2]

Awards and honors

"The Wilting Flower in Pot", 2nd Annual Prize in M.U.M.


  1. MUM, May 2003
  2. Magician of the Month, MUM, March 1968