Magic Legends: Brilliant inventor remembered more for musical career

February 25th, 2011 | Joe Hadsall | Filed Under General


Magic Legends: Brilliant inventor remembered more for musical careerRichard Himber (1900 – 1966) was an American bandleader, composer, violinist, magician and practical joker.

In his youth, he worked his way through Vaudeville and down Tin Pan Alley. Himber finally formed an orchestra of his own, parlaying a gig at New York’s Essex House Hotel into national NBC radio exposure. Among the top notch professionals in its ranks were Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw and many other future stars of the music world.

NEAT FACT: Richard Himber wrote the original theme for NBC’s Today Show.

But in our world of magic, Richard Himber is best remembered for inventing many magic tricks including The Himber Wallet, The Himber Ring, and The Himber Milk Pitcher. Watch Richard Himber perform the amazing Water Suspension on the Magic Ranch with Don Alan.

Learn more about Richard Himber by visiting his official MagicPedia Page.

MAGIC LEGENDS is compiled by Lee Asher for Ellusionist.com. Watching professionals only increases the chances of you improving your own magic. It also helps educate you about magic’s rich past. In turn, the art of magic advances. Magic Legends a free resource for you to use, study and benefit from. Read more about Magic Legends here.

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