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Terry Lynn

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Terry Lynn
BornIsaac Hellerman
circa 1890
St. Louis, Missouri

Terry Lynn (c.1890-1963) was a well known magician in St. Louis who didn't start performing magic until the age of 50 and toured the United States, Canada and South America.


He graduated from Washington University with a degree in engineering and worked at the Scullin Steel Company in the engineering until World War I broke out.

He became a pilot in the aviation branch of the Army and was initially stationed at Langley Field in Hampton, Virginia. There he invented the "spider web site" and guns used in aerial combat. During the war, while in France, he met people who manufactured perfume. After returning from the war. he opened up a perfume factory in the United States.

In 1939, he saw his first magic performer, Paul Rosini. So at the age of 50, then still known as Hellerman, he decided to learn magic and start performing as "Terry Lynn". He met Bob Haskell, who gave him tips on how to get an agent and other things necessary to become a professional entertainer. By mid-1941, he was working the top hotels in Florida and South America.

Lynn played the supper clubs and hotels for several years with his magic act which had many original ideas in it. [1]

As a member of the Magicians Guild he performed his Miser's Dream routine, where he produced thirty coins without the use of any gimmicks, at their Annual Dinner in 1947[2]

Lynn was posthumously award the St. Louis Magical Heritage Awards from IBM Ring One and S.A.M. Assembly Eight in 1997[3]

In the early I960's. attorney and magician Don Spurrier discovered magical equipment at an antique dealer which turned out to be from Terry Lynn.[4]

His publicity photo can be seen at the online exhibit "The Many Faces of Magic" at the Conjuring Arts' website.[5]


  1. Obit, New Tops, April 1963
  2. New Conjurers' Magazine, March 1948
  3. St. Louis Magical Heritage Awards Banquet Linking Ring, April 1997
  4. The Champagne Magic of Terry Lynn, Linking Ring, May 1977