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Michael Skinner

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Michael Skinner

Cover of Genii (2000)
BornMichael Bernard Skinner
August 9, 1941
Rochester, N.Y.
DiedSeptember 3, 1998 (age 57)
Las Vegas
Resting placePalm Northwest – Funeral Home & Cemetery Las Vegas, Nevada
CategoriesBooks by Michael Skinner

Michael Skinner (1941-1998) was a close-up magician that grew up in Rochester, New York and studied under Eddie Fechter from Buffalo.[1] He later moved to Hollywood and spent eight years at the Magic Castle studying with the Professor, Dai Vernon.


For over 20 years, he was the magician in residence at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, Nevada.[2]

His vast repertoire once allowed him to perform 28 shows, in one week, at the Magic Castle without repeating a single effect.

Skinner made two guest appearances on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson.[3]

Skinner contributed to many magazines, including Genii. There was also a manuscript he wrote, titled Ten for Ten, which never materialized from would-be publisher Jeff Busby, who had the completed manuscript for about 25 years. It was to consist of 10 tricks for a cost of 10 dollars.[4][5]

Skinner came out to California in the mid 1960's and worked at Hollywood Magic. Gregory St Pierre asked him how he got so good at magic. He loved Eddie Fechter and read every magic book in the store and then some. He said that he always carried a pack of cards with him, all through High School he always had a deck in his hands. On a Sunday afternoon I asked him if he knew any Four Ace Tricks, and for the next two hours performed 39 versions in a row for me and my friend Ron Chapman, who also worked at the store. "How many tricks do you know" I asked Michael. 936 was his answer, that was 1970. "Always routine three effects together to help remember them, then combine those routines together building on your repertoire."




  2. Genii Magazine, Vol. 63, No. 11, November 2000, Cover, Early Skinner, by Lou Gallo, page 19
  3. Obit Genii 1998 September
  4. Skinner Tapes CD, disk 7
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  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 78, No. 11, November 1998, Michael Skinner (1947-1998), by Roger Klause with Jon Racherbaumer, page 73
  • The Magic Circular, Vol. 100, No. 1080, July 2006, Reflections on Magic Part 2: Michael Skinner, by Michael Vincent, page 232
  • M-U-M, Vol. 97, No. 3, August 2007, Three Young Lions: Mike Skinner, Larry Jennings, and Bruce Cervon, by Michael A. Perovich, page 60
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 89, No. 8, August 2009, PICTURES FROM THE PAST, page 20, Answer to Pictures from the Past, by C. Dennis Schick, page 98