Percy Abbot, Dean of Magicians Passed Away Suddenly Last Friday
From the files of The Colon Community Historical Society, newspaper clipping, August 31, 1960, unknown source: “Percy Abbott, 74, the dean of Magicians, and the world’s greatest producer and manufacturer of illusions and magic tricks, died unexpectedly at his home, 326 S. Main St., Colon, last
He lived “magic” all his life and was internationally known, having toured the world twice as a magician, then manufacturing magic products that became world famous to build Colon as the magic capitol of the world. He started many novices off in the magic profession and he was referred to as “the professor”, Mr. Abbott was born in Sydney, Australia on May 3, 1886. Following the footsteps of his father he started performing magic at an early age. While on a world tour in 1925 he first came to the United States and while attending a meeting of the International Brotherhood of Magicians he accompanied Blackstone, the famous magician, to his summer home in Colon. While here he met Gladys Goodrich, whom he married on August 10, 1929, in LaGrange, Ind. The couple made a world tour performing magic before they settled in Colon in 1934 and founded the Abbott Magic Company with Recil Bordner as his partner, which grew to be the world’s largest company producing apparatus and equipment for magic.
Percy Abbott retired from active work last fall after his last Magic Get-Together show held in Coldwater. These shows, which have been held down through the years, attracted nearly all the magicians in the country and many from abroad. Each year there were from four to five hundred magicians and from a thousand to two thousand spectators at each show. These Get-Togethers was the magician’s show of shows as the best talent of the world was obtained by Abbott, who was satisfied only with the best.
Abbott was a genius in the magic business. Few will ever attain the prestige and respect that he held throughout the world of magic.
He was a member of the Society of American Magicians, the International Brotherhood of Magicians and many other magician societies.
Besides his wife he leaves two daughters, Mrs. John (Marilyn) Boyd of Kalamazoo and Mrs. Larry (Linda) Bonnell of Colon; two sons, Jules of Kalamazoo and Sydney, serving with the U. S. Army in Germany; and three grandsons.