( 1943 - )
British-born magician, author and specialist in dove magic. General Manager of Supreme Magic until its closing several years ago. Inventor of over 3,000 effects; author of more than 150 magic books, including the Encyclopedia of Dove Magic.
Ian Adair's Real Name
Ian H. Adair
Magician, Author, Inventor
Place of Birth
Adair possesses the ability of dove manipulation. A specialist in dove magic, Adair is well known for his book entitled "Encyclopedia of Dove Magic." He is also a genius in the conception and creation of over 3,000 magical effects.
Adair won first prize in the famous "Carol Levis' Discoveries" TV show and had as an assistant Joan Collins, a starlet in those days. During the 1950s Ian appeared on more than 100 television shows.
Ian Adair was born in Scotland on December 20, 1943. He moved to Bideford, England as a boy. Adair became fascinated with magic at the young age of five when he received a magic set from his grandmother on his birthday. Ian soon found himself immersed in library books, devouring, and digesting everything he could on the art of magic.
One of his treasured literary discoveries was a book entitled "The Boy's Book of Conjuring," which provided an exhaustive amount of insight into this fascinating art.
What started out as a hobby began to evolve into something more. By the time he was eight, he was performing shows in front of audiences, and at the 12 he first appeared on television.
At age 15, Adair left school to pursue his career in magic.
As a young man, he was greatly influenced by magician Channing Pollock. It was one performance of Channing's that greatly ignited Adaire's passion for magic.
Though he was at the bottom of his class throughout his school life for English, Adaire has taught himself to write, and ended up writing 265 books on magic, including the respected "Encyclopedia of Dove Magic."
Aside from books, he has written thousands of magazine articles for a multitude of magazines, such as "Magic Wand," "Linking Ring," "Genii" and "MUM." to name a few.
In his late twenty's, Adair teamed up with Edwin Hooper of the Supreme Magic Company in Bideford, of which he subsequently became a partner. Ian was associated with the company for over thirty five years.
Supreme Magic Company became the largest magic supplier in the world, providing magic products to famous magicians, such as David Copperfield , Paul Daniels and David Nixon.
While working for "Supreme Magic," Adaire has become a member of the exclusive "Inner Circle" with "Gold Star Award" and has worked as a professional magician. He has also the inventor of over 3,000 magic effects.
Today, Adaire resides in North Devon, England and is enjoying his retirement with his wife Ela. He still writes several trick articles for various magazines, and is actively involved in performing shows all over the world.
Born: Ian Hugh Adair; December 20, 1940; Kilmarnock, Scotland
Books by Ian Adair
Ian Adair (b. 1940) writes a regular column in MAGIGRAM and is the author of numerous books on magic for the general public.
Adair's Ideas (1959)
Magic with Doves (1960)
Encyclopedia of Dove Magic, Vol. 1 (1968)
Television Puppet Magic (1969]
Encyclopedia of Dove Magic, Vol. 2 (1971)
Encyclopedia of Dove Magic, Vol. 3 (1973)
The Linking Ring, Vol. 42, No. 12, December 1962, Annual British Hocus Pocus Parade, Presented by Ian Adair, page 61
Cover, Genii Magazine, Vol. 32, No. 9, May 1968
Genii 1971 April (cover)
Cover, The Linking Ring, Vol. 60, No. 4, April 1980, Our Cover, Ian Adair, by Wm. G. Stickland, page 62
The Magic Circular, Vol. 77, No. 841, December 1983, This is Your Life, by Peter D. Blanchard, page 292
Cover, M-U-M, Vol. 78, No. 4, September 1988, Magician of the Month, The Ian Adair Story, pages 11-16
The Linking Ring, Vol. 84, No. 9, September 2004, Hocus Pocus Parade, Ian Adair One-Man Parade, by Jon Racherbaumer, page 95
The Linking Ring, Vol. 87, No. 1, January 2007, British Ring 25 Parade, Compiled by Ian Adair, Edited by Jon Racherbaumer, page 83
Cover, The Linking Ring, Vol. 89, No. 9, September 2009, Ian Adair, One-Man Parade, by Ian Adair, page 75
The Linking Ring, Vol. 92, No. 12, December 2012, A Tribute to Ian Adair: Fifty Years of Parades, by C. Dennis Schick, page 55, Hocus Pocus Parade, Ian Adair, Golden Anniversary One-Man Parade, Marking Up Fifty Years, page 81
Encyclopedia of Magic and Magicians by T.A. Waters (1988)
Brief Biography at The Magic Nook
All About Magicians/Ian Adair
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