Help us get to over 4,000 biographies in 2018.

If you know of a past magician not listed in MagicPedia, start a New Biography for them or Email us your suggestion.

Orla Moody

From Magicpedia, the free online encyclopedia for magicians by magicians.
Jump to: navigation, search
Orla Moody

Cover of Genii (1945)
BornOrla L. Moody
circa 1906
DiedJanuary 27, 1986 (age 79)
N. Palm Beach, Florida

Orla Moody (c.1906-1986) held I.B.M. No. 7738 beginning 1944 (a member of the Order of Merlin) and was a past president of both the P.C.A.M. (1944-1945) and the Seattle Magic Ring.


Moody became interested in magic while a student at Whitman College at Walla Walla, Washington

Let became a telephone man at Walla Walla, Spokane and Seattle, while he pursued magic as a hobby. Employed by the Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Co. in 1928 and then transferred to AT&T in New York in 1953. His work in that capacity took him to cities throughout the country.

Orla was in frequent demand during his off duty hours at the Telephone Company to entertain groups of service men. During World War II, he donated more than 125 shows for service men in addition to performances given by many members in connection with shows sponsored by other groups such the U.S.O.[1]

Among his favorite bits of prestidigitation were card on ceiling with a dollar bill attached, cutting neckties and restoring them, and smoking empty clay pipes.[2]

He retired in 1968 and moved to Florida.[3]


  • Caryl Fleming Trophy for Showmanship and General Excellence (PCAM convention in San Francisco)


  1. Linking Ring, February 1947
  2. Cover, Genii 1945 July
  3. Obit, Linking Ring, May, 1986