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R.C. Buff

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R.C. Buff
BornRufus Claude Buff
October 11, 1899
North Carolina;
DiedMarch of 1990 (age 90)
CategoriesBooks by R.C. Buff

Rufus Claude Buff (1899-1990) performed as Claudio The Magician.


Buff had a long career as a minister and was often heard on radio.[1] Numerous tricks and ideas of his appeared in "The Sphinx" as Claudio. He was also editor of Modern Magi magazine (1943-1956). He later joined with John Bloor to create a bimonthly remake called New Modern Magi in the 1980s.

He was a book and magazine reviewer for The Dragon for many years.

Buff held card number 46 in the I.B.M.


  • Claudio's Mysteries (1942)
  • Square and Circle Magic (1946)
  • Ghost of the Past! (1979)
  • The Wizard of Knotsville (1985)

Notable Articles

Buff contributed material for the Hocus Pocus Parade(a long-standing column) in an issue of The Linking Ring in 1978.[2] Namely, he contributed the following effects to that issue:

  • Ancient Ropes, Oops, Rope
  • Another Rope Through Neck
  • The Traveling Ring
  • My Uncle Percy
  • A Knot Cocktail
  • Color Choice
  • Houdini Loops


  1. My Best by Thompson, Jr., J.G. (1945)
  2. Hocus Pocus Parade The Linking Ring Vol. 58 No. 2 (February 1978)