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Postby Ray Eden » 07/26/12 05:09 AM

It seems to me that a lot of the "Name" magicians are from Ohio:

Howard Thurston
David Williamson
Dan Harlan
...

What other names belong on the list?
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Postby Ray Eden » 07/26/12 05:50 AM

The funny thing is grew up in the boondocks of Ohio and always felt so alone in magic. Sigh...
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Postby Tom Frame » 07/26/12 08:35 AM

As a minor footnote, I'm originally from Canton, Ohio.
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Postby Ray Eden » 07/26/12 08:50 AM

And I was raised in the Wooster area. Quite close to Canton.
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Postby Matthew Field » 07/26/12 11:59 AM

I was once in Cleveland.

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Postby R.E.Byrnes » 07/26/12 02:25 PM

Three? Doesn't strike me as a lot. By contrast, Canada, with only about three times the population of Ohio and one-tenth that of the United States does seem to have produced a disproportionate number of magicians: Dai Vernon, Doug Henning, Randi, Sankey, Acer, David Ben, etc. (Of course "etc." means "I can't think of any more"; still, it's a surprisingly long list.
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Postby Ray Eden » 07/26/12 03:06 PM

Three? We're up to 17 so far, and I'm sure there's names still missing from the list.
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Postby Tom Frame » 07/26/12 04:35 PM

Tony Miller, Ed Ellis and Michael P. Lair are from Ohio.
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Postby Tom Frame » 07/26/12 04:51 PM

Richard Hughes of feather flower fame is from Ohio.
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Postby Amos McCormick » 07/26/12 05:16 PM

I can spell Hioh...
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Postby Harry Lorayne » 07/26/12 11:52 PM

Ohio is a state, Canada is a country.
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Postby Mike Remington » 07/27/12 05:09 AM

It sounds like both Amos and Harry could have qualified to graduate at the top of the class at Ohio State University.
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Postby Joe Pecore » 07/27/12 05:28 AM

I believe Angela Funovits, who was on the show Phenomenon, was born in Ohio.
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Postby Ray Eden » 07/27/12 07:04 AM

Angela Funovits was born and raised in Avon Lake, Ohio.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 07/27/12 11:33 AM

Cut the crap and stop being a bunch of sexist knuckleheads--this is exactly the type of thing that puts more women off becoming magicians. (And if you don't know what I'm writing about, it's because I've just cleaned up this thread.)

And if you want to know why there are so many magicians in Ohio, it's because that's where the IBM was founded.
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Postby Matthew Field » 07/27/12 12:04 PM

I didn't even know it was losted.

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Postby Bob Farmer » 07/27/12 12:18 PM

The IBM was founded in Canada, Winnipeg.
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Postby Brad Henderson » 07/27/12 12:50 PM

Rk, that's the point. Many magicians fawn over female magicians who - if they were male - would not be given the time of day. Calling attention to sexism is not sexism.
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Postby Ray Eden » 07/27/12 01:21 PM

Richard,

Thanks for deleting those comments. I was bitching to my GF about it all the way home from the office today.

And thanks for the explanation as to why so many name magicians seem to hail from Ohio.

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 07/27/12 01:30 PM

The IBM was founded by WW Durbin in Ohio.
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Postby Magic Mike » 07/27/12 03:19 PM

Richard Kaufman wrote:The IBM was founded by WW Durbin in Ohio.


...and Len Vintus in Canada...
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Postby Joe Pecore » 07/27/12 04:00 PM

It's also interesting that there are about 12 IBM Rings in Ohio: http://www.magician.org/portal/ibm_localrings/Ohio
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Postby Doomo » 07/28/12 02:43 AM

Let us not forget the gone but not forgotten Nick Trost, the quiet but deadly Troy Hooser, the Mysterious Robert Nelson, and while not actually born here, Allan Ackermans family is from Columbus, OH and actually has a street named after them. Plenty of others too.
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Postby Matthew Field » 07/28/12 05:22 AM

Doomo wrote:Allan Ackermans family is from Columbus, OH


Doomo -- what are you smoking?

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Postby Q. Kumber » 07/28/12 09:23 AM

Back in 1980 I accompanied George Johnstone to a gig he was doing in the Cincinnati Hilton for the Boilermakers' Union.

I was also once in Cleveland but I didn't see Matt Field.
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Postby Doomo » 07/28/12 10:06 AM

Matthew Field wrote:
Doomo wrote:Allan Ackermans family is from Columbus, OH


Doomo -- what are you smoking?

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The above information is directly from Meester Ackerman. In fact he said several relatives still live here in town. And the road is just north of Ohio State University campus.

So in answer to yer question big fellah... I smoke reality... Non-filtered.

Now go watch the Olympix. Those opening ceremonies... Wow. And you ask me what I am smoking?
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Postby erdnasephile » 07/28/12 12:41 PM

Someone from Ohio once told me that if I see someone wearing an Ohio State University T-Shirt anywhere in the world, I should say to them "O!" and they would reply back "HIO!"

Is that true?

(Being from LA, I'm afraid to try it for fear of getting beaten or shot)
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Postby Mike P » 07/28/12 02:27 PM

If you say just "o" they will look at you like what?
If you say "O H" then the proper reply would be "I O" for many of us living here in this state or former Ohioan's

Allan Ackerman visits his family in Ohio as stated before.

Cleveland, Ohio has quite a magical history. Someone should write a book about it. There used to be many magicians that would pass through town on their way to Chicago and New York as it is situated half way between them.
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Postby Matthew Field » 07/28/12 02:51 PM

Doomo -- Harry Houdini had a cousin in Paterson, New Jersey. What the hell does that prove?

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Postby erdnasephile » 07/28/12 03:00 PM

Mike P wrote:If you say just "o" they will look at you like what?
If you say "O H" then the proper reply would be "I O" for many of us living here in this state or former Ohioan's



Ah! Thanks, Mike--saved me a lot of future blank stares :)
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Postby Doomo » 07/28/12 03:04 PM

Matthew Field wrote:Doomo -- Harry Houdini had a cousin in Paterson, New Jersey. What the hell does that prove?

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It proves that his sister and other immediate family members are from Ohio. And he returns here frequently...

You English people are cranky! Must be all the cctv...
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Postby Ray Eden » 08/07/12 04:42 AM

Met a fellow Ohioan and Magician over the weekend not yet on the list: David Kaplan.
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Postby Steve Bryant » 08/07/12 09:56 AM

Has Andrew Martin been mentioned? And son Eli?

Also, the Reed sisters are part of the face of the Ohio magic scene.
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Postby Diego » 08/09/12 12:41 AM

Besides Robert Nelson, his brother Larry also had a long career as a mentalist and magician.
Columbus had at the same time, dealers: Nelson, S.W. Reilly, U.F. Grant/Menge. Columbus also had 3 different magic clubs at that time back then.

William P. Taylor, who performed as "Koran-The Crystal Seer Supreme", had long career as a magician, stage and radio mentalist, and the co-founder of a mail order religion, was born in Zanesville, Ohio.
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Postby Matthew Field » 08/09/12 03:52 AM

What about Wyoming? We're ignoring Wyoming!

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Postby Ray Eden » 08/09/12 08:48 AM

I think it's being discussed in the Why-omh-ing thread.
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