Broken Wand - Roger Klause (1938-2008)

Message from Paul Romhany

Another magic legend passes away

After a long ordeal fighting a terrible disease, Roger passed away yesterday, 30th August 2008, at around 1pm.

The name Roger Klause is known to magicians the world over. For over 50 years, Roger has been an icon in magic, making himself available at conventions, sessions and private meetings whenever and wherever the opportunity allowed.

Roger's friends and students are innumerable, both his antics and his magic are legendary, and he's contributed either directly or indirectly to shaping many of the major forces and events in magic over the last half-century.

Roger Klause was a respected performer and instructor. He has long been known as "The Leader of the Underground," a title bestowed upon him by Michael Skinner during a lecture in Wichita, Kansas, as Roger is the quintessential "session magician," sitting in private sessions with magicians from all walks of life.

Communications may be sent to Wanda Klause, PO Box 1256, Borger TX 79008.

Magicians world wide will miss Roger, and our thoughts are with Wanda and the Klause family.

Whaleys Who's Who in Magic

Klause, Roger (Willis)
(Vivian, Louisiana: 19 Mar 1938- ) Moved to Borger, Texas, at age 5. Inspired at age c17 seeing magic at high school show. Learned from books. Insurance sales rep in Borger. Since late 1950s a close student of Dai Vernon, Charlie Miller, & Faucett Ross. Semi-pro close-up, platform, & stage magician.

Wrote In Concert (288pp). 2 videos (1985), video segment (1988). Tricks in Gen, Epilogue, Richard's Almanac, Genii, Magic, Ammar's Encore III, & Magic Menu. See Jay Evans, The Lecture Notes of Roger Klause (1982, 14pp). TV bit. (Gen2/64;Wh)

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