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.