Dick Williams (b. 1927) is a former television and radio presenter and magician who holds the record for hosting the longest running television magic show in the world. Under the name “Mr Magic” he presented the show MagicLand on WMC-TV in Tennessee from 1966 until his retirement in 1989.
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W. R. “Russ” Walsh (1894-1971) was an amateur magician who served as national president of both the S.A.M. and the I.B.M. He invented the Appearing Cane in 1947.
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Harry Whiteley (1875-1945) was the manager of the Manchester Conjuring Trick Works and ran a circulating library for magicians.
He hosted a congregation for conjurers each Sunday evening which became known as “Whiteley’s Varieties”.
Whiteley contributed to the Sphinx as a correspondent under the column “English Notes” from 1904 to 1907.
He was said to be good at sleight-of-hand, performed occasionally and claimed to be the inventor of the back and front continuous palm, which has never been proven.
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J. W. Warrender (A.I.M.C.), The Gay Deceiver, was a semi-professional magician specializing in children’s shows.
Warrender was a member of the Magic Circle and The Aberdeen Magical Society.
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Professor James Carl (1875-1955) was the stage name of semi-profession magician and ventriloquist James Wakefield.
A politician (town councillor), he specialized in cigar magic. During his career appeared several times at Maskelyne’s Theatre and also before Royalty.
He served with the motor transport in France in the First World War and performed shows to the troops in the hospitals near the front lines. Later he did Christmas entertainment at the Derby Institute for the Deaf for fifty successive years.
He was also the godfather of David Theodore Bamberg (Fu Manchu).
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Identified by Chris Woodward