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Phil Hunter

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Phil Hunter
BornPhilip Courtney Hunter
December 1881
Steubenville, Ohio
DiedFebruary 22, 1908 (age 26)
Chillicothe, Ohio
Resting placeGrandview

Phil Hunter (1881-1908) was an accomplished magician from Ohio who traveled throughout the United States on the lyceum circuit as "The Buckeye Wizard" and "Phil the Wizard".


At a young age Hunter displayed considerable talents and by the age of 20 he was entertaining huge crowds. His brother, Dard Hunter, joined him as a chalk talker and would entertain the crowd during breaks. The act proved to be wildly successful and the two are reported to have made up to $2,000 a month in 1903.

In the third grade, Hunter wrote in a school essay that he would be a successful magician, wear spectacles and die at a young age.

In the July 1903 issue of the Sphinx it was reported that he was "very ill at his home and has cancelled all of his dates. We wish him speedy recovery."

Phil would eventually succumbed to complications from Tuberculosis and died at the young age of 27.[1]