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Rufus Steele

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Rufus Steele
BornWilliam Francis Steele
Janesville, Wisconsin
DiedSeptember 09, 1955
Veteran's Research Hospital, Chicago
Resting placeGraceland Cemetery
CategoriesBooks by Rufus Steele

Rufus Steele (1881-1955) started out as a professional gambler and became a well known card expert.


Rufus grew up in New England and told his friend Robert Parrish that he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to become an electrical engineer. His interest in magic came from meeting Dr. James William Elliott. Rufus never married nor had a family of any kind. He was very active in the magic community and the IBM.[1]

He had lived for the past several years of his life at the Wacker Hotel, where Theo Bamberg and other magicians have made their home, often giving card lessons. [2]



  1. Words about Wizards by Robert Parrish (1994)
  2. Obit Genii 1955 October
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 28, No. 7, September 1948, MYSTERY MAN EXPOSED (autobiography) by Frances Ireland, page 19
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 35, No. 8, October 1055, 1881 – William Francis (Rufus) Steele – 1955, page 16, William F. (Rufus) Steele Dies In Hospital by Frances Ireland, page 101
  • The New Phoenix, Vol. 330, October 1955, Back Talk, page 131