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Frederick F. Furman
(1900 - 25th February 1988)
Frederick "Fred" Furman was an American magician, author and dealer of magical effects. In 1920, Fred and his friend Simon Kottwitz formed the F&K Magic Company, specializing in pocket tricks that they produced and sold. The company was located in Houston, Texas. In 1921, Furman, Kottwitz and Bob Blau formed the Houston Mystic Circle - a popular magic club that lasted until the Texas Assembly #19 of the Society American Magicians was created in 1930. Fred produced a column, "Pages from an Amateur's Notebook," which appeared in Thayer's Magical Bulletin. He also contributed articles to the Sphinx. In the 1930's Furman and his wife, Marie, moved to Brooklyn. While in New York, he worked for Max Holden's Broadway magic shop and later for the Steen Manufacturing Co. Fred and his wife retired to Sarasota, Florida, in 1970.