LeonardMiller-150x150Leonard L. Miller- Nov 10, 1915 – October 3, 2000

Leonard Miller, was born on November 10, 1915, in San Francisco. Len and his family moved to Richmond when he was five years old. Just prior to the war, Leonard met Adeline Maier, whom he married in 1943 just before shipping off to the South Pacific.

 

Interested in magic from an early age, Len lived through more than one "Golden Age of Magic." He saw Houdini, Cardini, Thurston, and many of the old-time greats when they came through Oakland on the Orpheum circuit, and he also saw many others, like Luxor Gali Gali, perform years later.

 

In the 1950s he and his son and daughter used to put on magic shows together for lodges and clubs. When he joined SAM #112 around 1986, he also became interested in clowning and performing again.

Almost entirely self taught, Len concentrated on rope magic although over the years he had been handed down a great deal of magic, most of which he generously gave away to other magicians. And many of us will remember the way he taught us all the magic we were willing to learn from him.

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