|Born||William Curtis Shelly|
September 17, 1878
St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada,
|Died||August 14, 1951 (age 72) |
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
William Shelly (1878-1951) was a magician, businessman and political figure in British Columbia. He represented Vancouver City from 1924 to 1928 in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia as a Conservative.
Shelly worked his way through the University of Kentucky, eventually returning to Canada,
He took up magic with Charles Howard and also tackled boxing, juggling, and high-wire. Leaving school at an early age, he, with his sister, made and sold donuts.
Shelly started a small bakery in Canada called the "Four-X bread", which became one of the largest in Western Canada. Magic was a hobby and he presented two-hour shows for deserving causes through-out Canada. He had a theater in the basement of his home.
Shelly served as president (1944-45) of the Vancouver Magic Circle and was a member of the Vancouver, British Columbia, I.B.M. Ring 92. He also served for eight years as Parks Commissioner in Vancouver and as Finance Minister for British Columbia. 
He even ran a ski resort and tourist attraction called Grouse Mountain.
Shelly created for Ring 92 the "William Shelly Trophy" for the best stage act, which they still present in his honor.
- ↑ Broken Wand, Linking Ring, Sep 1951
- ↑ The Bat, No. 81, page 715
- ↑ Linking Ring, June 2015, page 30
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