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Peter W. Tappan

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Peter W. Tappan
BornPeter Wales Tappan
September 26, 1928
New York City, New York
DiedMarch 15, 2007 (age 78)
Bartlett, Illinois
CategoriesBooks by Peter W. Tappan

Peter Tappan (b.1928-d.2007) was an accomplished magician, having won multiple awards from the International Brotherhood of Magicians, including the Order of Merlin. He often entertained in the Chicago area as well as at the Magic Castle and was a fixture at the 4F convention. He was always looking for ways to merge new scientific knowledge with that of his skills in performing illusions.


Tappan was born in 1928 in New York City. He earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics in 1952 and 1958 from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He was employed by Motorola, Inc. In 1951 and later that year joined the physics department of what is now I.I.T. Research Institute, performing research in magnetic recording and electro acoustical devices.[1]

He performed a close-up magic routine that included levitating a small doll when he passed his wedding ring over the doll.

Tappan was vice president of the AES’s Central Region, USA/Canada, in 1970 to 1971 and admissions chair of the AES. He was also a member of the Acoustical Society of America, past president of the Chicago Acoustical and Audio Group, past secretary of the executive committee of the Midwest Acoustics Conference, and past editor of the IEEE Transactions on Audio.

Peter Tappan passed away March 15 due to complications from open-heart surgery at his home. He is survived by his wife, two children, and five grandchildren.[2]



  2. Audio Engineering Society
  • Genii Magazine, Vol. 70, No. 5, May 2007, GENII SPEAKS, Tappan died, page 13
  • Linking Ring, Vol. 87, No. 5, May 2007, Broken Wand, Peter W. Tappan, by Phil Willmarth, page 138
  • M-U-M, Vol. 97, No. 1, June 2007, Broken Wands, Peter Tappan, by Phil Willmarth, page 34