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Wayne Raeke

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Wayne Raeke
BornJames Wayne Raeke
September 19, 1933
Baltimore, Maryland
DiedMarch 23, 1998 (age 64)
Houston, Texas.

Wayne Raeke (1933-1998) was a barber, amateur magician, author, lecturer, teacher, and dealer.


He was a member of the Yogi Magic Club in Baltimore, Maryland in the 1960s. In 1970 he was the manager of The Jokers Wild Magic Shop in Maryland.

After closing up shop in 1976, he moved to Houston, Texas and started the youth magic group "Jokers Wild Junior Club". He soon was diagnosed with diabetes and confined to a wheel chair. He was a member of Ring 39 in Houston and was once chosen Houston's "Handicapped Person of the Year". He was a member of the I.B.M., Order of Merlin (for 25 years of service).[1]

When Charlie Randall and Richard Hatch jointly purchased Raeke's library of in 1990, it was the formal beginning of H&R Magic Books as dealers of second hand books.[2][3][4]


  1. Linking Ring, July 1998
  2. MUM, March 2007