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Sheldon Atterbury

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Sheldon Atterbury
BornApril 4, 1921
Sierra Madre, California
DiedFebruary 26, 1994 (age 72)

Sheldon "Shell" Atterbury (1921-1994), an accountant and real estate broker, performed briefly as a professional stage, close-up & sleight-of-hand magician. He was also co-founder of Johnson Products in 1968. [1][2]


Learned magic first from a Mysto Magic and Chandu Magic sets.

The second World War placed him in the Air Force in Arizona. Towards the end of the war, Shell wound up in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, where he was in the administrative section of the hospital staff. He was active at entertaining patients in the base hospital wards with close-up magic.

He would take the Chavez Course in 1947, under the G.I. Bill. Following this training, he worked professionally and semi-professionally for several years before going into accounting and real estate.

Atterbury became a member of the International Guild of Prestidigitators in 1946 and served as it's President.

He was a past president of the Pasadena Magician's Guild and was a regular member of the Magic Castle in Hollywood.[3]

He taught magic during the 1970s and 80s and had tricks published in Tarbell Course #7 and New Tops.

Awards and honors

  • Caro Miller Trophy for the most artistic act at [[PCAM] in 1948.
  • Second place for originality and sleight-of-hand at [[PCAM] in 1948.


  2. Who's Who in Magic: An International Biographical Guide From Past to Present by Bart Whaley (1990)
  3. Cover, FEBRUARY 1970