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(USA: 1940-1967) Learned at age 14 from apparatus tricks he bought from dealers. Three years later, bored with these, he turned to sleight-of-hand. Semi-pro close-up artist. Worked a Svengali pitch for Dave Walker. Author and lecturer. Wrote (with Al Aldini) The Best of Benzais (1967, 108pp). Tricks in Pallbearers, Gen, The Bennett Touch (1986), and Magic Afoot (1988).