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Roy Tatroe

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Roy Tatroe
BornForrest L. Tatroe
October 20, 1901
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
DiedJuly 19, 1965 (age 63)

Roy Tatroe (1902-1965) built many mechanical Christmas window displays for local department stores and made a variety of magical devices and tables.


Tatroe was a prominent member of the Omaha Magical Society, assembly No. 7 of the Society of American Magicians in Omaha, Nebraska.

His father was a scenic painter and builder of stage sets. Tatroe, as a apprentice to his father at the age of twelve, got to work back stage and meet such magicians as Houdini, Thurston, Goldin, Dante, and Blackstone.

For a year he performed under the name, "The Great Amo."

During World War II, Tatroe was in charge of the 7th Service Command Photographic Service, and toured the camps, making both movies and stills of the training facilities.

In 1956, he won the Bromfield trophy at the SAM Convention in Havana, Cuba for his Shooting through a Woman. He won this trophy again in 1958 in Omaha for his levitation of a small auto with boy sitting in the driver's seat.[1][2]


  1. Obit, MUM, SEPTEMBER, 1965
  2. magician of the month, MUM, SEPTEMBER. 1956