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Malford Thewlis

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Malford Thewlis
BornMalford Wilcox Thewlis
December 4, 1889
DiedJune 3, 1956 (age 66)
Wakefield, Rhode Island

Dr. M. W. Thewlis (?-1956) was a magician, escape artist and physician.


Thewlis was a pioneer of gerontology, who co-founded the American Geriatrics Society in 1942. As a neuropsychiatrist, he attended US President Woodrow Wilson, following a stroke in 1919. He was authority on geriatrics and author of medical books.

Thewlis paid his way through Bowdoin College with profits from performing professional magic shows, sometimes with Sam Bailey.[1]

On his own press, he printed directions for S. Wilson Bailey to accompany his catalog tricks.

A member of the IBM (No. 2231) participating with the Ring in Rhode Island and was member number 1545 of the SAM.


  1. Genii 1950 December, page 163
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