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Parker Swan

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Parker Swan
BornCharles Parker Swan, III
April 18, 1928
Somerville, Massachusetts
DiedNovember 15, 2013 (age 85)
Northborough, Massachusetts
Parker Swan (1928-2013) was a professional magician and performed with his wife, Claire, as the comedy team of "Parker Swan and Claire."


Swan started out with a Mysto Magic Set and did his first public show at the age of 12. [1]

He developed an act featuring "How To Force a Watemelon," "Prunes of All Nations," and "Fruits I Have Worked With," which played to great success at several magic conventions.[2]

Parker worked in Holden's Magic Shop from 1942-1946. He has served as a regional vice president for the S.A.M. and other positions. He has lectured on the history of magic and supported the New England Magic Collectors Association.

He created the "Parker Swan Dollhouse Production".

Parker enjoyed playing in the Northborough Senior Center’s Harmonica Club.[3]

Parker was a Life Member of the Society of American Magicians and had been a member for 53 years. He was the Dean of Assembly #16.[4]

Awards and Honors

  • MUM, Magician of the Year 1992


  • How to Force a Watermelon (1973)


  1. Spitz: A magic moment in Ashland By Julia Spitz/Daily News staff The MetroWest Daily News Posted Jan 13, 2011 @ 12:00 AM
  2. LADIES of the SAM, CLAIRE M. SWAN MAGIC N MELONS, MUM, November, 1981
  3. Seniors harmonize in music group