(Grand Forks, Minnesota: 21st May 1941 - )
Raised in East Grand Forks. Inspired at age 8 when uncle showed him a trick. Learned by buying a 65¢ book. Paid debut at age 19. Trophy at 1964 TAOM Convention. Invented Origami Hat (1964, for which he won 1964 TAOM originality prize) and his Newspaper Tear (1967). PhD chemist with Dow Chemical since 1970. Thence a part-time pro stage and close-up magician and MC. Specializes in a paper act featuring his T&R Newspaper. Also invented Star of David Paper (a fold & cut, 1972).
Wrote Newspaper Magic (1968, 144pp, with Frances Marshall; French tr 1981 by Vollmer) and Topper's Mad, Mad Magic (1974). Tricks in Linking Ring and reviews in Genii. Audio. Video (1991).
Coauthors: Topper Martyn