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Ron Bauer

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Ron Bauer
BornRonald Raymond Bauer
Portland, Oregon

CategoriesBooks by Ron Bauer

Ron Bauer (b. 1938) is a professional writer in the computer and video industries, and a semi-professional magician. He's the author of a series of 24 "annotated performance scripts" for magicians, called the Ron Bauer Private Studies Series.


In the fifties, Bauer was the first magician to appear on the first two television stations in Memphis, Tennessee. He also became the first full-time professional close-up magician in the Detroit area upon his arrival there in 1959. In 1968, he founded Mr. Trix Enterprises, a highly successful children's entertainment company based in the prestigious Detroit suburb of Birmingham, Michigan.

After almost a decade running Mr. Trix, Bauer turned his attention back to the video industry, and wrote, produced, and marketed the first training course in non-broadcast video production in the late seventies.

Bauer's work in the video industry landed him a deal with Sony in the early eights, and he headed to California. In 1983, he managed to persuade his friend Ed Marlo to venture out of Chicago and attend the Pacific Coast Association of Magicians' 51st annual magic convention in Santa Barbara, California, much to the delight of West Coast magicians, many of whom had never had a chance to see Marlo. The convention was a huge hit, with Marlo, Dai Vernon, Charlie Miller, and Jack McMillen all in attendance. A photograph of Vernon, Miller, Bauer, and Marlo posing on a sunny Santa Barbara beach appears in The Vernon Chronicles, Volume 2: More Lost Inner Secrets by Stephen Minch.

Several years later, Bauer wrote the first book for the public on Microsoft DOS, called Easy DOS It! (1986), which went on to become one of the best-selling computer books of the 1980s (It's also how Alex Elmsley learned DOS!).

In 1994, Bill Kalush held a private convention in New York City, inviting less than fifty of the top "workers" in the world. Although Bauer was invited, he was unable to attend, but sent a trick to be published in a book of material from the convention. When the book was published in 1997, the author Lance Pierce introduced the trick:


He maintained longtime friendships with Milt Kort, Jack McMillen, Don Alan, Ed Marlo, Dai Vernon, Charlie Miller, "Senator" Clarke Crandall, Bruce Cervon, and many others.

The Ron Bauer Private Studies Series

This is a series of 24 annotated performance scripts written by Ron Bauer and illustrated by Sandra Kort. Originally published by John Luka Enterprises. Since late 1999, published by Sandra Kort at E-GADS (Electronic Graphic Art Design Studio).

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