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From the research of Dr. Charles McCall Ph.D, Thomas A Ewing has produced a beautiful work titled: Birch The Master Magician: The story of McDonald and Mabel Birch is a beautifully constructed 278 page hard copy book with dust jacket, featuring color throughout the entire book and hundreds of images and photographs that both from the narrative as well as visual chronicles the life of magician McDonald Birch.
A quarter century after his death in 1992, the story of McDonald Birch, the Master Magician has been written. Working from extensive research gathered by the late Charles McCall, Tom Ewing now tells the story of Mack and Mabel Birch and their life of magic, triumphs and great success.
Additional Data Credit Source: MagicPedia.
McDonald “Mac” Birch (1902-1992) was born George McDonald Birch and grew up in McConnelsville, Ohio. Known as Mac to his friends, he began performing on the Lyceum and Chautauqua circuits. He quickly gained a reputation for his work offering a full unassisted two-hour show. Later, his wife Mabel Sperry, a xylophonist and also played the marimba , provided the musical interlude in his shows, as well as working as his chief assistant. Two of his featured acts were the Vanishing Pony and the Silk Mirage.
Cover of Genii (1940)
Born George McDonald Birch
January 28, 1902
Died April 28, 1992 (age 90)
McDonald Birch was a contemporary of other master illusionists like Blackstone, Thurston and the great Harry Houdini. In 1924, Howard Thurston made plans to make Birch the successor to the Kellar-Thurston “magic mantle”. Thurston, however, never got around to retiring. After over 50 years as a headliner, Birch retired from performing in the 1960’s. The auditorium of the Opera House Theater in Morgan County, Ohio was dedicated “Birch Hall” as tribute.
Received the “Master Fellowship” award from the Academy of Magical Arts (1980)
Given a Presidential Citation by IBM in 1990.
Cincinnati Academy of Magic and Allied Sciences (C.A.M.A.S.) bestowed him the “Honored Wizard” in 1990.
*Hardcover with dust jacket
*Hundreds of Photographs
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