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Tom Craven

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Tom Craven
BornThomas Eugene Craven
November 2, 1934
Akron, Ohio
DiedNovember 3, 2023 (age 89)
CategoriesBooks by Tom Craven

Tom Craven (b.1934-d.2023) had a column in The Linking Ring from 1990 - 2011.


When he was 28 years old a friend's 74-year-old father showed him a few card tricks and he was hooked. He dove in and for over 50 years researched, created, developed, perfected, and performed feats of prestidigitation.

He was a member of both the Youngstown (Ring #2) and Akron (Ring # 160 magic clubs of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM). Between the two clubs he won the Magician of the Year Award 15 times. The Linking Ring ran his column CRAVEN'S HAVEN for 21 years. He taught classes on magic at the Maplewood Vocational School in Ravenna and at Akron University. He also wrote and published 8 sets of lecture notes, 4 monographs, and a book - "My Almost 50 years in Magic".

He performed at the Magic Castle in Hollywood 13 times. In 1987 at the Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolic International Convention he was honored as Magician of the Year. In May, at the 50th FFFF Convention, he was recognized as the ONLY magician who had attended all of the gatherings.

He owned and operated a magic store in Florida for 7 years, and while there performed at many trade shows and conventions. He toured the U.S. and Canada giving lectures and demonstrating techniques.


  • The 16th Card Book (1982)
  • The Card Magic of John Quine (1988)
  • B.S.-Timations (1991)
  • T.I.P.S. (Tom In Print Somewhere) (1992)
  • The Second 16th Card Book, Vol. 1 (with Paul Gordon) (2005)
  • The Keeper Card Book (with Paul Gordon) (2008)
  • My (Almost) Fifty Years in Magic (2011) Second printing 2017 via Palmer Magic