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Ralph A. Marcom

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Ralph A. Marcom
BornRalph A. Marcom
March 30, 1934
Levelland, Texas
DiedOctober 2010 (age 76)
Paris, Texas (USA)

Dr. Ralph Marcom M.I.M.C. (1934-2010), was an award-winning magician, actor, author, and columnist for The Linking Ring who performed as MarcoM the Mountebank.[1]


During Korean War, he was a Marine Corps drill instructor. Marcom worked in carnivals, theatre, nightclubs, radio and television before finishing medical school and becoming a physician in Honey Grove, Texas.[2]

He was inspired to take up magic as a semi-pro after marrying Vampira (Gloria Marcom) in 1968. Starting in 1981 they occasionally worked at a Renaissance Faire as "MarcoM the Mountebank and Lady Gloria."[3]

He served as a president of T.A.O.M.. [4]


  •  ? Best close-upperformance at the Tulsa, Oklahoma Cavalcade of Magic
  • 1971 - Best Close-Up Magic (T.A.O.M.)
  • 1972 - Best Comedy Magic (T.A.O.M.)
  • 1973 - Best Comedy Magic (T.A.O.M.)
  • 1974 - Best Close-Up Magic (Midwest Magic Jubilee)
  • 1976 - Best Close-Up Magic (Midwest Magic Jubilee)
  • 1977 - Best Close-Up Magic (Midwest Magic Jubilee)
  • 1978 - Limerick Laureate (M-U-M Magazine)
  • 1979 - Best Close-Up Magic (International Brotherhood of Magicians)


  • MarcoM's Leprechauns
  • The Sheikh's Bequest
  • MarcoM's Werewolf
  • The Lady or The Tiger?
  • MarcoM's Chain Escape
  • MarcoM's Chain Reaction


  • The Magic of MarcoM (1974)
  • MagicaLimericks (1977)
  • Licentious Limericks (1978)
  • Marcom Presents Magic (1979)
  • Rimes Without Reason (1985)
  • This Rough Magic (I & II)(Lectures) (1987)
  • MarcoM Magic: Tricks You Can Do
  • And The Winner Is...
  • A Slim Volume
  • "...from the table of my memory..." [The Linking Ring column]
  • Lord of Legerdemain


  2. MUM, February 1978