Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Magicians Gravesite Fund

Gravestone of Carter the Great, Illusionist Charles Carter*
As many of my readers known, I'm very interested in locating the graves of our compeers in the art of magic and documenting the location of the graves and trying to keep the graves in decent order. Unfortunately for me, the one grave I put a lot of effort into organizing the clean-up (Robert Heller's grave) which fell through when I got terribly sick on the day of the clean-up. There are additional issues with these clean-ups, the main one being where they are located. In my case, I don't live close to the Heller grave so it's not like I can stop by anytime I want.

Well, I was thrilled to discover that I was not alone in this quest. Richie Magic and his wife Barbara from NYC have been searching out these old grave sites as well. In fact, they've been working with the SAM Parent Assembly #1 to set up a fund for the upkeep and in some cases restoration of various grave sites. In the NY area there are a lot of magic graves. Houdini of course is the most famous and the work on that grave was actually done by the Houdini Museum folks. But there are other graves in NY, like Alexander and Adelaide Herrmann, Bess Houdini, Signor Blitz, Washington Irving Bishop and many others.
Grave of Herrmann The Great*
If you'd like to donate to the Gravesite Restoration Fund the address is below. Any amount of donation is helpful. If you are in the NYC area and want to contribute to helping fix and/or locate these graves, you might want to contact Richie Magic at
You can send a check made out to:
Gravesite Restoration
Mail it to me at:
Richie Magic
1767 Central Park Avenue
Yonkers, NY10710
All monies will be used for project with no expenses used for anything other than restoration

*The two grave photos above were taken by Richie and Barbara Magic!


  1. What a great service that should be.

    Definitely let me know when you decide to head up to Heller gravesite again.

    At MagicPedia we have been trying to indicate known gravesites of magicians which can be seen at:

    1. Amazing

      As far as I can tell Harry Houdini is missing from that list!