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| birth_name                = Melvin Westley Brown
| birth_day                = December 4,
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| birth_day                = December 4,
| birth_year                =   1926
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| birth_year                = 1926
 
| birth_place              = Emmett, Idaho
 
| birth_place              = Emmett, Idaho
| death_day                = March 10,
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| death_year                = 1995
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'''Mel Brown''' (1926-1995) was a hotel manager, part-time professional magician and was as an expert on the works of [[Ed Marlo]].
  
'''Mel Brown''' was a hotel manager, part-time professional magician and was as an expert on the works of [[Ed Marlo]].
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== Biography ==
 
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Brown grew up in Boise, Idaho, later moving to Portland, Oregon (in the 1950s) but spent most of his adult life in the San Francisco Bay area. He was a graduate of the [[Chavez]] school of magic (circa 1950) and at one time did a [[Channing Pollock]] type show.  His friends and associates in the card world were many of the best including Ed Marlo (Brown named one of his sons "Marlo", whom Ed was the godfather).  
 
Brown grew up in Boise, Idaho, later moving to Portland, Oregon (in the 1950s) but spent most of his adult life in the San Francisco Bay area. He was a graduate of the [[Chavez]] school of magic (circa 1950) and at one time did a [[Channing Pollock]] type show.  His friends and associates in the card world were many of the best including Ed Marlo (Brown named one of his sons "Marlo", whom Ed was the godfather).  
  
 
He was one of the first to do the [[Mexican Turnover]] using three cards
 
He was one of the first to do the [[Mexican Turnover]] using three cards
rather than two and created a deck switch known as The Joker Switch. He wrote articles in many magazines including [[Pallbearers Review]], [[Genii]] and [[Arcane]].
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rather than two and created a [[Deck switch]] known as ''The Joker Switch''. He wrote articles in many magazines including [[Pallbearers Review]], [[Genii]] and [[Arcane]].
 
   
 
   
 
Brown was the Night Manager for the Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco from 1956 until 1986.  
 
Brown was the Night Manager for the Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco from 1956 until 1986.  
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In the late 1990s, Brown was making shells for the shell game by special order.
 
In the late 1990s, Brown was making shells for the shell game by special order.
  
Brown passed away after losing a battle with cancer, leaving a large collection of correspondences with his friend [[Ed Marlo]] (who he never met in person)  which spanned from 1954 to 1991 (now part of the [[Conjuring Arts Research Center]] collection).   
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Brown passed away after losing a battle with cancer, leaving a large collection of correspondences with his friend [[Ed Marlo]] (who he never met in person)  which spanned from 1954 to 1991 (now part of the [[Conjuring Arts Research Center]] collection).   
  
 
== Contributions ==
 
== Contributions ==
* "A Cute Little Effect" in "Double Daring" column, [[Genii]], September, 1951.
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* "A Cute Little Effect" in "Double Daring" column, [[Genii 1951 September]].
 
* "The Straight Prediction", [[New Phoenix]] #333 (November 1955)
 
* "The Straight Prediction", [[New Phoenix]] #333 (November 1955)
 
* "Flip Sleeve" in [[M-U-M]] November, 1957
 
* "Flip Sleeve" in [[M-U-M]] November, 1957
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* "A Direct Coincidence" in MUM June 1960
 
* "A Direct Coincidence" in MUM June 1960
 
* "The Subtle-Key" in Table Time by Mike Rogers - MUM November 1967
 
* "The Subtle-Key" in Table Time by Mike Rogers - MUM November 1967
* "Jumping Jack" in [[Epilogue]] Issue No. 8  March 1970.
 
 
* "Combination" in [[Expert Card Mysteries]] by Alton Sharpe (1969)
 
* "Combination" in [[Expert Card Mysteries]] by Alton Sharpe (1969)
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* "Jumping Jack" in [[Epilogue]] Issue No. 8  March 1970.
 
* "Brain-Stack" in [[Expert Card Chicanery]] (1971)
 
* "Brain-Stack" in [[Expert Card Chicanery]] (1971)
* "The Magic Card" in Apocalypse (July 1981).
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* "Making Fake Index Court Cards" in [[Arcane]] (January 1981)
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* "The Magic Card" in [[Apocalypse]] (July 1981).
 
* "Syner-Aces" in [[Card Finesse II]] by [[Jon Racherbaumer]] (1992)
 
* "Syner-Aces" in [[Card Finesse II]] by [[Jon Racherbaumer]] (1992)
  
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== References ==
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{{References}}
 
* http://conjuringarts.org/2010/05/ed-marlo-photographs/
 
* http://conjuringarts.org/2010/05/ed-marlo-photographs/
 
* Obituaries
 
* Obituaries
 
**Magic April 1995
 
**Magic April 1995
** [[Genii 1995 May]]  
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**[[Genii 1995 May]]  
** MUM May 1995
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**MUM May 1995
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Latest revision as of 19:52, 13 July 2013

Mel Brown
BornMelvin Westley Brown
December 4, 1926
Emmett, Idaho
DiedMarch 10, 1995 (age 68)

Mel Brown (1926-1995) was a hotel manager, part-time professional magician and was as an expert on the works of Ed Marlo.

Biography

Brown grew up in Boise, Idaho, later moving to Portland, Oregon (in the 1950s) but spent most of his adult life in the San Francisco Bay area. He was a graduate of the Chavez school of magic (circa 1950) and at one time did a Channing Pollock type show. His friends and associates in the card world were many of the best including Ed Marlo (Brown named one of his sons "Marlo", whom Ed was the godfather).

He was one of the first to do the Mexican Turnover using three cards rather than two and created a Deck switch known as The Joker Switch. He wrote articles in many magazines including Pallbearers Review, Genii and Arcane.

Brown was the Night Manager for the Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco from 1956 until 1986.

In 1987, it was reported in New Tops (January), that Brown was recovering from an amputation, because of cancer.

In the late 1990s, Brown was making shells for the shell game by special order.

Brown passed away after losing a battle with cancer, leaving a large collection of correspondences with his friend Ed Marlo (who he never met in person) which spanned from 1954 to 1991 (now part of the Conjuring Arts Research Center collection).

Contributions

Books

  • Steve Bruecker & Mike Rogers Present Their Three Shell Game Routine (1985).


References