Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Stanley Palm has passed away

Noted magic collector and Houdini scholar Stanley Palm has passed away. I never had the pleasure of knowing Stanley, but it's clear from the outpouring of feelings on Facebook and magic forums that he was a beloved figure in the magic world and a true gentleman.

Patrick Culliton says, "Just heard old friend Stanley Palm has passed on. I'm going to miss Stanley. We had a lot of fun. He and I visited one of his favorite spots: the Gillette Castle. We did a lot of things together very often with my son Kieran when he was a little guy. I knew this day was coming, but, Stanley still had a lot to do."

Stanley holds the Mirror Cuffs at the home of the Hinsons.

In 2013 I posted excerpts from an audio interview Stanley conduced with Bess's sister Marie Hinson. You can listen to those HERE.

Photo courtesy Fred Pittella.


  1. John Hinson great nephew of Bess and Harry HoudiniJuly 24, 2018 at 12:15 PM

    RIP Stanley you are going to be miss alot.

  2. A giant in Houdini world. My first TV story on magic featured Stanley opening one of Houdini's trunks, allegedly for the first time. It was empty. But he was delightful. R.I.P.

  3. Stanley was a nice man. he allowed me to see one of his scrapbooks on Houdini. He ALWAYS had kind words for me and to me. He was highly astute and had much knowledge on Houdini and "magic" in general. When we met at SAM Conventions or at other magic gatherings, his smile was all I needed. Rest Well My friend, Benjilini