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State of Magic

Postby Ray Eden » July 26th, 2012, 5:09 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 IrishMagicNews » July 26th, 2012, 5:31 am

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Re: State of Magic

Postby Ray Eden » July 26th, 2012, 5:50 am

The funny thing is grew up in the boondocks of Ohio and always felt so alone in magic. Sigh...

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Re: State of Magic

Postby Tom Frame » July 26th, 2012, 8:35 am

As a minor footnote, I'm originally from Canton, Ohio.

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Re: State of Magic

Postby Ray Eden » July 26th, 2012, 8:50 am

And I was raised in the Wooster area. Quite close to Canton.

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Re: State of Magic

Postby Matthew Field » July 26th, 2012, 11:59 am

I was once in Cleveland.

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Re: State of Magic

Postby R.E.Byrnes » July 26th, 2012, 2:25 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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Re: State of Magic

Postby Ray Eden » July 26th, 2012, 3:06 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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Re: State of Magic

Postby Tom Frame » July 26th, 2012, 4:35 pm

Tony Miller, Ed Ellis and Michael P. Lair are from Ohio.

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Re: State of Magic

Postby Tom Frame » July 26th, 2012, 4:51 pm

Richard Hughes of feather flower fame is from Ohio.

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Re: State of Magic

Postby Amos McCormick » July 26th, 2012, 5:16 pm

I can spell Hioh...

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Re: State of Magic

Postby Harry Lorayne » July 26th, 2012, 11:52 pm

Ohio is a state, Canada is a country.

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Re: State of Magic

Postby Mike Remington » July 27th, 2012, 5:09 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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Re: State of Magic

Postby Joe Pecore » July 27th, 2012, 5:28 am

I believe Angela Funovits, who was on the show Phenomenon, was born in Ohio.
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Re: State of Magic

Postby Ray Eden » July 27th, 2012, 7:04 am

Angela Funovits was born and raised in Avon Lake, Ohio.

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Re: State of Magic

Postby Richard Kaufman » July 27th, 2012, 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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Re: State of Magic

Postby Matthew Field » July 27th, 2012, 12:04 pm

I didn't even know it was losted.

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Re: State of Magic

Postby Bob Farmer » July 27th, 2012, 12:18 pm

The IBM was founded in Canada, Winnipeg.

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Re: State of Magic

Postby Brad Henderson » July 27th, 2012, 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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Re: State of Magic

Postby Ray Eden » July 27th, 2012, 1:21 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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Re: State of Magic

Postby Richard Kaufman » July 27th, 2012, 1:30 pm

The IBM was founded by WW Durbin in Ohio.
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Re: State of Magic

Postby Magic Mike » July 27th, 2012, 3:19 pm

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


...and Len Vintus in Canada...

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Re: State of Magic

Postby Joe Pecore » July 27th, 2012, 4:00 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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Re: State of Magic

Postby Doomo » July 28th, 2012, 2:43 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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Re: State of Magic

Postby Matthew Field » July 28th, 2012, 5:22 am

Doomo wrote:Allan Ackermans family is from Columbus, OH


Doomo -- what are you smoking?

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Re: State of Magic

Postby Q. Kumber » July 28th, 2012, 9:23 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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Re: State of Magic

Postby Doomo » July 28th, 2012, 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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Re: State of Magic

Postby erdnasephile » July 28th, 2012, 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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Re: State of Magic

Postby Mike P » July 28th, 2012, 2:27 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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Re: State of Magic

Postby Matthew Field » July 28th, 2012, 2:51 pm

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

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Re: State of Magic

Postby erdnasephile » July 28th, 2012, 3:00 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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Re: State of Magic

Postby Doomo » July 28th, 2012, 3:04 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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Re: State of Magic

Postby Ray Eden » August 7th, 2012, 4:42 am

Met a fellow Ohioan and Magician over the weekend not yet on the list: David Kaplan.

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Re: State of Magic

Postby Steve Bryant » August 7th, 2012, 9:56 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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Re: State of Magic

Postby Diego » August 9th, 2012, 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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Re: State of Magic

Postby Matthew Field » August 9th, 2012, 3:52 am

What about Wyoming? We're ignoring Wyoming!

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Re: State of Magic

Postby Ray Eden » August 9th, 2012, 8:48 am

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


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