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Magicpedia:Selected anniversaries/November

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  • 1904 - Will Alma, one of the Australia's most famous magician, is born.
  • 1924 - Francis J. Martinka, founder of the Magical Palace in New York City, passes away.
  • 1925 - Herb Zarrow, most known for his Zarrow Shuffle was born in Paterson, New Jersey.
  • 1926 - Harry Houdini's funeral was held in New York, with over 2,000 people showing their respect.
  • 1927 - Jack Kodell, specialised in parakeets' production, is born.
  • 2008 - Bob Stencel, underground magician from Detroit, passes away.


  • 1821 - Carl August Bohm, known as Chevalier Agoston, is born.
  • 1891 - Arthur Lloyd is born.
  • 1893 - George Blake is born.
  • 1938 - Jim Steranko is born.
  • 2003 - David Blaine appeared on "Larry King Live" (CNN) and revealed a clue to his "Blaine's Challenge" treasure hunt which began when his book was released on October 29, 2002.



  • 1888 - Tampa was born Raymond Stanley Sugden in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania.
  • 1991 - Ed Marlo, the cardician, died.
  • 2006 - Bill Tarr died.


  • 1881 - The Great Carmo was born Henry Cameron in Australia.
  • 1906 - Carter the Great continues his tour in Chicago Heights, Illinois.
  • 1960 - George P. Reuschling, known as The Great LaFollette, passes away.
  • 1978 - The movie "Magic" starring Anthony Hopkins was released.
  • 2009 - Frank Radtke, known as Fakini, passes away.


  • 1886 - Ed Wynn, who performed magic in his shows "Simple Simon" and "Perfect Fool", was born Isaiah Edwin Leopold in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 1937 - The Spokane Mystic Club held its regular monthly meeting in the Spokane Little Theatre.
  • 1956 - The 19th Annual New England Convention of Magicians starts at Hotel Statler, Boston, Mass. with Herman Hanson as General Chairman.
  • 1982 - Burling Hull passes away.
  • 1985 - Crowel, The Conjuror, born William C. McNutt, passes away.




  • 1892 - Charles Brush, known as "Baffles", is born.
  • 1954 - Ken Allen starts his first issue of Allen's Attic magazine.
  • 1965 - Al Wheatley, an Australian born magician known as Chop Chop who popularized the Chop Cup, died.
  • 1973 - Cardini, born Richard Valentine Pitchford and became a well known British manipulator, died
  • 1987 - Bert Easley, who popularized "The Lean" in the 40s, passes away after complications following surgery for the amputation of one of his legs.
  • 1988 - Siegfried and Roy premiered their "Tsumura Illusion" show at the White Theater in Tokyo.




  • 1936 - William John Hilliar, founder of the Sphinx magazine, commits suicide just weeks before his 60th birthday.
  • 1955 - P. C. Sorcar opened his show at Théatre de l'Etoile, Paris.
  • 1965 - Ray Muse, semi-professional magician who performed as Amuso, died.
  • 1984 - Jon Racherbaumer's At the Table is available from your favorite dealer!





  • 1890 - Matt Schulien, magician and restaurant owner, is born.
  • 1900 - Faucett Ross was born in St. Joseph, Missouri.
  • 1938 - Percy Thomas Tibbles, known as P. T. Selbit, passes away.
  • 1994 - Periwinkle Productions presents "An Evening of Comedy and Magic" at the McKinney Theatre, Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, CA, with The Majestix, Dan Birch, Mac King, T.C. Tahoe and Christopher Hart.



  • 1838 - Ernst Basch, inventor of The Aerial Bicycle Rider, was born.
  • 1908 - Henk Vermeyden, magic organizer, teacher and dealer, was born in Holland.
  • 1915 - Annie May Abbott, known as the "Little Georgia Magnet", passes away.
  • 1993 - Bill Bixby, actor of the TV series The Magician, passes away.
  • 2006 - David Blaine began his Gyroscope stunt in which he spins while in shackles in the gyroscope for two days.



  • 1896 - Dr. Giovanni, who introduced his pickpocket act in London in 1929, is born.
  • 1902 - Victor Jory, Canadian actor and amateur magician, is born.
  • 1969 - Joe M. Turner, member of the Genii magazine staff, is born.
  • 1993 - Eric C. Lewis, British-born illusion builder, passes away.
  • 2001 - Criss Angel's "Mindfreak" show begins previews at The World Underground Theater in New York City.
  • 2004 - Penn Jillette married long-time girlfriend Emily Zolten in a ceremony at the Viva Las Vegas chapel.
  • 2009 - Jim Cellini, professional street performer, passes away.


  • 1895 - Richard Valentine Pitchford, better known as Cardini, was born.
  • 1896 - Cantu, first magician to make doves appear, was born.
  • 1903 - Boleslaw Lubrant, better known as Lu Brent, was born .
  • 1923 - Richiardi Jr., was born in Peru.
  • 2001 - Bill Woodfield, who created the magic newsletter Magicana, passes away.




  • 1876 - William John Hilliar born in England.
  • 1888 - Jim Sherman was born.
  • 1947 - The Show Houdini Lives Again played for three days at the Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport, Connecticut, co-starring Sherms, the Master Magician (Bob Sherman) and Hardeen, Jr (Douglas Geoffrey).
  • 1993 - Irving Desfor, famous for his photographs of magicians in action, passes away.



  • 1953 - Jacobus Maria Bemelman, known as Jos Bema or Tommy Wonder, is born.
  • 1998 - Geri Larsen, first woman to perform magic on television, passes away.
  • 2000 - David Blaine is released from a block of ice at the end of his "Frozen in Time" TV specical which aired on ABC.