Maurice Grinstead

Maurice “Phil” Grinstead (fl. 1910s-1970s), considered the “Dean of Hamilton Magicians”, served as President of Hamilton, Ontario IBM Ring 17, which later became Ring 49.

An English transplant, Grinstead did his first public performance in September 1909.  From 1909 to 1914 Grinstead was performing in London at concerts, banquets, private parties and stage shows. He moved to Canada in 1914, but returned to England with the 114th Infantry Battalion early in 1916. At the close of the war he returned to Canada to live in Hamilton, Ontario. When not performing he was the manager of the drapery department in a department store.

His two sons, Martin (c.1921-2005) and Bernard, were also both performing magicians.

See more about Maurice “Phil” Grinstead on MagicPedia.

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2 thoughts on “Maurice Grinstead

  1. Hello. ( Maurice) Phil Grinstead is my grandfather and I have a photo album full of his memorabilia, including many postcards of his fellow magicians. I also have his log of performances- very essential not to repeat tricks. My Uncle Bernie ( Bernard) is alive and well in Langley, B.C. He has Grampa’s tricks and a few autographed books. I also have my father’s(Martin’s) memorabilia, no postcards, but posters and newspaper photos. I would be delighted to share any of this online. Very excited to see this site. Norma

  2. Thank you for posting this. My family just came across it today and we were all so delighted to see his picture and bio. Philip was my great grandfather and my dad was named Maurice in honour of Philip’s stage name. Thank you for preserving his memory.

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