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Lester A. Grimes

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Lester A. Grimes
BornLester Arthur Grimes
January 7, 1884
Blackinton, Massachusetts
DiedNovember 4, 1963 (age 79)
New Rochelle, New York.

Lester A. Grimes (1884-1963) was an electrical and mechanical engineer and part-time magician who performed as "Grimes the Wizard" in the New York - New England area starting in 1906.[1]


He was an early member of the S.A.M. and friendly with Houdini. Grimes acquired Houdini's library of books on spiritualism. A partial listing of books acquired from Houdini were listed in a two part series by Robert Lund in the MUM. [2]

He was also an expert on puzzles and had a collection of several thousand.[3]

He held patents and was the inventor of the Grimes Sprinkler, an automatic fire prevention system used in offices.


  1. Who's Who in Magic, Sphinx, October, 1932
  2. A Library of Spooks by Robert Lund, MUM, October, 1957
  3. Obit, MUM, December 1963