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Jack London

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Jack London
BornHarold Rifas
November 20, 1923
DiedNovember 13, 1981 (age 57)
Bronx, New York
Resting placeCalverton National Cemetery Calverton, Suffolk County, New York

Jack London (1923-1981), an S.A.M. Parent Assembly #1 member in New York City, achieved fame in the mentalism field with his effects and books.


In his youth he was once groomed to be an Olympic swordsman. During World War II he served in the the 82nd Airborne Division and made combat jumps in Normandy, Sicily, Italy and Holland, and was was a recipient of two Purple Hearts.

London had been president of the International Guild of Prestidigitators (IGP) and was also a member of the Magician's Guild. Influenced by Doc Hurwitz, he became inventor of magical effects and sold items as a magic dealer via a mail order business.

After his discharge in 1945, he worked with the USO as a civilian entertaining troops with magic in the Pacific. As an officer of the American Guild of Variety Artists, he entered at hospitals.

He was performing tricks for his doctor the evening before his death.