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Homer S. Woodworth

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Homer S. Woodworth
BornDecember 28, 1842
Angola, Indiana
DiedMay 12, 1941 (age 98)
San Diego, California
Resting placeFort Rosecrans National Cemetery

Homer S. Woodworth (1842-1941) was a traveling magician during the Civil War era.[1]


Woodworth began professional magic at the age of 13 when he joined a circus. He later became an assistant to Signor Blitz.

When the Civil War began Woodworth enlisted and served with the Indiana Volunteers. After the war was ended he again began touring as a magician.

During the great fire of Chicago in 1871, he lost his entire show. It took him a year before he got a new show together to resumed his tours. [2]

Woodworth began a tour of Western states where he played frontier towns and mining camps. In North Platte, Nebraska, he rented a log cabin and put on his shows for a week.[3] While in Salt Lake City, he performed before the religious leader Brigham Young and even married one of Young's daughters, Isadora Snow.[4]

He eventually tired of the traveling and having done well financially, he retired just after the turn of the century and settled in Omaha, Nebraska around 1900 and then spent the last few years of his life in San Diego.[5][6]

A photo of him can be seen at the Conjuring Arts' online exhibit "The Many Faces of Magic"[7][8]


  1. Cover: Sphinx, May, 1917
  2. Sphinx January 1938
  5. Obit, Sphinx, August 1941
  6. Obit, Genii 1941 July