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Walter Edwin Floyd

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Walter Edwin Floyd

Cover of Sphinx (August 1908)
BornMay 12, 1861
Chelsa, Massachusetts
DiedAugust 21, 1940 (age 79)

Walter Edwin Floyd (1861-1940), born in Chelsea Massachusetts, was the first magician on the Lyceum circuit.


He began work in 1879 in Boston. Floyd filled over 5,000 engagements in all parts of the United States. His first association with magic was at the age of eighteen, when he went as assistant to Robert Nickle (1842-1889).

Starting in 1888, he preformed a mind-reading act with his wife (using the name Mohala) as The Floyds. The act was titled "Mohala, The Radio Mystic."

Walter Floyd joined the Society of American Magicians in New York in 1903, In October of 1939, Floyd was made the dean of the Boston Assembly.

Floyd died of a heart attack while performing the Miser's Dream before a gathering of about one hundred men at a dinner in Chelsea, Massachusetts.[1][2][3]


  • Handbook of Magic (1891)


  1. Who's who in the lyceum By Alfred Augustus Wright (1906)
  2. Sphinx, Vol 39, page 169 (1940).
  3. BRIEF LIVES OF MAGICIANS: THE FLOYDS David Meyer in Magicol, No 103 (May 1992).