Magician of the Week #29: Jack Trepel

This week’s star magician is Jack Trepel, a magician and florist who lived across the street from Houdini and served as the president of the Parent Assembly of the Society of American Magicians.

The photograph below, from the cover of the February 1943 issue of GENII, shows Trepel delighting radio star Mercedes McCambridge with a floating card trick when she stopped into his New York City floral shop.

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Perhaps his shop was also the source of that lovely corsage? (The source of McCambridge’s pristine and oddly-textured hat, however, will remain a mystery.)

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