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Minnette Gersh Lenier

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Minnette Gersh Lenier
BornJuly 9, 1945
Atlanta, Georgia
DiedFebruary 7, 2011 (age 65)
Los Angeles, California

Minnette Ella Gersh Lenier (1945-2011) was a teacher and professional magician who used stage magic to improve students' reading and learning skills.


Minnette Lenier received a Bachelor of Arts in 1967 from San Fernando Valley State College, and was a Graduate Student at the University of Southern California. She received a Master of Arts in 1968 from the University of Iowa, and a PhD in 1971 from the University of Southern California, with a thesis entitled Theodore Roosevelt's Communication Strategies In The Presidential Campaign Of 1912. As a reading specialist, Lenier worked with students at Compton Community College and at other Southeast Los Angeles area schools, as well as in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Lenier was on the faculty of Los Angeles Pierce College.

Lenier began taking magic lessons in 1966 with the magician Jules Lenier (1929-2007), whom she later married. She performed professionally, often at the Magic Castle, earned over half her living through magic, and had the distinction of being one of the few female performing magicians.


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