Welcome to the Calvacade of Magic Presented By Kirk Kirkham

My Father was the Magician known professionally as Kirk Kirkham, his real name was Charles and many folks called him Chuck. He lived from 1926 to 2001. He was an active professional performer from the time he was sixteen years old. Magic was the only living he ever had. He toured with the USO after World War II, did the spook show circuit and television extensively in the 1950's, did thousands of club dates, school shows, and more television in the 60's, continued performing in the 70's but also became a well regarded prop maker who produced equipment for other magicians and attractions around the country.

Currently, David Copperfield has the largest private collection of illusions in the world, but prior to his success and collection, my father may very well have been the previous holder of that title. He owned parts of Thurston's Wonder Show of the Universe and Mysteries of India. He acquired much of the core of his collection from Will Rock back in the early 50's but continued to add to it the rest of his life. He knew and worked with Harry Blackstone Sr., Percy Abbot was a mentor to him. Dante was a personal friend, and he owned famous illusions that belonged to all of them.

My goal is to keep his legacy alive here in cyber space, and provide some historical context to the Southern California Magic scene in the 60's and 70's. I have had virtually no contact with the Magic world since my Mother passed away in 1994. My Dad suffered from Alzheimer's in his last years and he could not write the book that he always said he would get to someday. I don't know enough about magic to write competently concerning history, practice and technique. I can however provide an historical context for my Father, a man who knew almost everything about magic during the 20th Century. He had a huge library, subscribed to dozens of magazines, and had met every important magician of the second half of the century. He was consulted by many of the experts that now make up the intelligentsia of the magic community. He was also a mentor to many fine magicians and scholars of magic. I hope to hear from some of those people as a result of this blog.

Welcome to the Magical World of Kirk Kirkham.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Magic Magazine Article by Gary Frank

Here is a screen shot of the article listing on Magic Magazine's Website. The article just came out and I have already received a couple of notes from magicians on the contents. I am a little jealous because I have not seen the Magazine yet, I should be getting a copy any day now. Gary worked tirelessly to put this together, and he has done it only for the sake of his love of my Father and our friendship. I was happy he got started on the idea because it forced me to start going through material that has basically just sat in boxes for fifteen years or so. This blog page got started because I was inspired by the effort that Gary was making. I know there is not enough room in a magazine for all the material that I have so I will continue to share on these pages. Again, I hope any of you who come to the site will feel free to post stories or corrections that you think might be appropriate. I would like to also thank Stan Allen the editor of Magic Magazine for publishing the story. I remember Stan from when I was a kid working in my Father's show. He was very kind to my Dad and Mom in their last years together and always made sure they got their copy of the magazine. There is a link above to the magazine web-page, if you don't already have a subscription, you can go there and order a copy of the magazine. Looking forward to more magic memories.

Thank you all, Richard Kirkham

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