Dai Vernon

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Full NameDavid Frederick Wingfield Verner
Stage NameDai Vernon (pronounced alternatively as “DIE” or as “DAY” as in David), also known as The Professor
Date of BirthJune 11, 1894
Place of BirthOttawa, Ontario, Canada
Date of DeathAugust 21, 1992
Place of DeathRamona, California, U.S.
Other NamesThe Professor
Alma MaterRoyal Military College of Canada
OccupationMagician, author, silhouettist
EmployerMagic Castle
SpouseEugenie “Jeanne” Hayes (married in 1924)
Net Worth(will be updated soon)
Notable Contributions– Known for his sleight-of-hand technique and knowledge, particularly with card tricks and close-up magic
– Mentor to many fellow magicians
– Worked and lived at the Magic Castle, an exclusive specialty nightclub in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, from 1963 until his last decades
– Retired officially from performing in 1990 at the age of 96
Early Influence– Learned his first trick from his father at age seven
– Fell in love with magic after seeing a magic show at age seven
– Owned an early edition of The Expert at the Card Table by S. W. Erdnase
– Memorized the contents of The Expert at the Card Table by the time he was 13
– Engaged in a memorable encounter with fellow young magician Cliff Green, demonstrating his skill with card magic at a young age
Notable Mentors and Peers– Clyde Powers, Dr. James William Elliott, Nate Leipzig, Harry Kellar
Origin of Stage Name “Dai”– Adopted the name “Dai” after a newspaper used the abbreviation in place of “David,” the Welsh nickname for David
– Also influenced by the surname “Vernon” of a popular ice skater; Americans mistook his last name to be the same as the ice skater’s, leading him to adopt “Vernon” as well

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