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Wand - Martin
from Richard Webster
to report that Martin Gardner passed away this morning at
the age of 95.
Who's Who In Magic
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(Tulsa, Oklahoma: 21 Oct 1914- ) Inspired by & learned
at age c10 from father's papers-on-knife trick & later
from local Tulsa magic buffs, including Roy "Wabash"
Hughes, Logan Waite, & Roger Montandon. Took Tarbell Course.
Amateur close-up magician, specialized in cards. Lived in
Chicago for 20 years, taking a BA in philosophy & meeting
the magic inner circle of Dorny, Marlo, Platt, etc. In 1947
moved to New York, associating with the inner circle of Vernon,
Daley, Curry, etc. 1975 AMA Literary Fellowship. Moved to
Hendersonville, North Carolina c1980.
Professional writer, particularly in science & puzzle
fields: In the Name of Science (1952), Science: Good, Bad
and Bogus (1981), the "Mathematical Games" column
for Scientific American 1957-1982, etc. A man of many talents,
he also edited The Annotated Alice (1960). Has used the pen
name "George Groth" occasionally since c1936, but
only on non-magical works.
Invented Lie Speller (c1935).
On magic wrote Match-ic (1935, 26pp), After the Desert (1940,
21pp), 12 Tricks with a Borrowed Deck (1940, 22pp; repr 1964),
Cut the Cards (1942, 34pp), Over the Coffee-Cups (1949, 34pp),
Mathematics, Magic and Mystery (1956, 174pp, which is also
a force book where 15th word of every chapter is "of"),
Encyclopedia of Impromptu Magic (1978, based on his 1951-58
series of articles in Hugard's Magic Monthly), How Not to
Test a Psychic (1989), & 3 booklets. Also wrote (under
pen name of "Uriah Fuller") 2 delightful exposé
booklets on Uri Geller: Confessions of a Psychic (1975, 41pp)
Further Confessions of a Psychic (1979, 70pp), & Martin
Gardner Presents (1993, 424pp). Co-authored (with Bart Whaley
& Jeff Busby) The Man Who Was Erdnase (1991, 434pp), which
won a SAM Special Library Award.
Tricks in Sphinx, Genii, Jinx, New Jinx, Phoenix, New Phoenix,
HMM, Swami, Mantra, Arcane, Epoptica, Pallbearers, Epilogue,
Linking Ring, Ibidem, etc.