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Songs and Stories
     March 16, 2020      #3F-76 SsK
 
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“King of Conjurors” was one of the many titles Reno used during his long career as a magician. This promotional poster shows him in his younger days, possibly in the early 1900s.

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Magical Mr. Reno traveled the world with

El mágico Sr. Reno viajó por el mundo con

By Jack Klasey

Although he wasn’t born a wizard like the fictional Harry Potter, Ed Reno decided upon a life as a magician at the age of 9. His career choice was made in 1870, when he attended a performance by a traveling magician in his hometown of Baldwinsville, New York.

Born Edward Munn Burdick, his first “show business” job (at 10 cents a day) was beating a drum to attract customers to a magic show tent at the county fairground. He was 12 years old, and was already practicing and perfecting his magic tricks (to the dismay of his straitlaced father, who told the boy that no good could come of such ...

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Ed Reno, the “Dean of American Magicians,” performs one of the traditional magic tricks: pulling a rabbit out of his hat. The photo was likely taken in the late 1930s, when Reno was still performing regularly — he made stage appearances when he was well into his 80s.

Kankakee County Museum

Jack Klasey
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