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Horace Bennett

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Horace Bennett
BornHorace Eugene Bennett
July 9, 1925
Richmond, Virginia
DiedDecember 28, 1990 (age 65)
Richmond, Virginia
Resting placepossibly Maury Cemetery

Horace Bennett (1925 - 1990) was one of the original members of the SAM Assembly in Richmond, Virginia, founded in 1947.


Born in Richmond, Virginia, he got into magic around 1945 after purchasing a copy of Jean Hugard's Modern Magic Manual and learned about magic shops (like Holden's), magic magazines and magic societies.

During World War II, Horace served in the U.S. 30th Infantry Division and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, he re-enlisted in U.S. Counter Intelligence Corps and married a German girl he met in Magdeburg.

Horace credits Bobo, Vernon, Slydini, Roth and Cardini as having great influence on his work. As the "Baffling Bennett," he was a professional performer started out doing stage magic, but later preferred close-up.

Over the years, he contributed effects to Gen, MUM, Linking Ring and Mantra magazines. There was a Horace Bennett Linking Ring Parade in MAY, 1986.[1] [2]

At the time of his death, he was employed as a security officer after some 30 years as an insurance investigator.

The IBM Ring 180 (Richmond, Virginia) is now known as the The Horace Bennett Ring.


Mr. Bennett authored nine books on magic, most published by Jerry Mentzer.

  • Horace Bennett's Prize-winning Magic by Hugh Miller (1968)
  • Bennett's Best (1975)
  • On Your Feet (1978)
  • Bennett's Fourth Book (1981)
  • Downs Palm Technique (1981)
  • Alternate Handlings (1983)
  • Familiar Themes (1984)
  • The Bennett's Touch (1986)
  • Magic Afoot (1988)


  1. Horace Bennett Parade, Linking Ring, May 1986
  2. Cover, The Gen, January 1965
  • Obit, MUM, March 1991