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Floyd Gerald Thayer

Floyd Gerald Thayer

(Jacksonville, Vermont: 18th July 1877 - 29th July 1959)

Inspired by and learned around age 8 when bought a box of tricks. Brought by father in 1891 to Pasadena, California, where he began doing semi-pro club shows as "Gerald". Pro dealer-prop maker in southern California as, successively, The Magic Shop of the West 1902-12, Thayer & Christianer 1912-16, F.G. Thayer 1916-1917, Thayer Studio of Magic 1917, Thayer Manufacturing Company 1917-1933 when sold to the Owen brothers, and Thayer Magic Studio in Hollywood 1933-1942 when sold to Bill Larsen and retired. IBM member #248 (1923). SAM Hall of Fame.

Wrote several booklets. Bio is included in Richard Buffum, Keep the wheels turning... (1977) and Les & Gertrude Smith, Keep the wheels turning..., V.2 (1992, 372pp). See Glenn Gravatt, Thayer Quality Magic (4 vols).

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Thayer Catalog #8 by Floyd Gerald ThayerThis is a beautiful catalog with an introduction that includes photos of Thayer's residence. This catalog was published in 1936 and as the title page correctly states: "The Finest, Largest, And Most Comprehensive Compilation of Magical Goods Ever Published."

1st edition 1936; 311 pages.

2015 / 12 / 7
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