Phillip Theodore Thomas
(March 12th 1912- July 2nd 1998)
First president of the Magic Dealers Association (MDA)
Member of I.B.M Ring 179 in Baltimore #4855
Member of Kellar-Thurston Assembly 6
Order of Merlin Excalibur (50 yrs.)
S.A.M member # 2214 (53 yrs.)
Mr. Thomas gave performances in the basement of his home with neighborhood friend Milbourne Christopher, who later became a world-famed magician. They teamed up as "Mil & Phil" and performed in churches and at Carlin's (amusement) Park.
Later, they added Hen Fetsch and billed themselves as "The Unholy Trio" or "The Little Demons."
| PHIL'S SHOW RAN FOR SIX YEARS AND OVER 300 EPISODES IN BALTIMORE!|
In the audience was a young Don Driver... and the rest you can say is history...
| PHIL THOMAS was a magic disciple of ERNEST B. MARX and a member of his|
PYRAMID MAGIC CLUB
| Phil on the set of his Sunday morning TV show 'MAGIC MAN'|
on channel 11 WBAL in Baltimore.
In grade school, he attended a performance by the legendary magician Howard Thurston at Ford's Theater and went backstage after the show.
"With the audacity of the young, I went backstage after a performance and knocked on the magician's dressing room door. He let me in. When he realized the sincerity of my interest, he talked to me for some time with his hand on my shoulder. When I left, he gave me a pat on the back. If I had the slightest doubt earlier, that resolved it. Thereafter, I never wanted to be anything but a magician."
Whenever he appeared at Ford's, Mr. Thurston would hire him to do odd jobs and once presented him with an autographed picture signed: "Always keep them doubting, Thomas."
|1956: PHIL THOMAS with his wife KAY, HEN FETSCH and KARRELL FOX behind him. |
Phil and Kay met at a 'Camp Fire Girls' expo when he called her from the audience to assist in a trick.
|Phil at the first YOGI MAGIC MART on 215 N. CHARLES ST.|
|KAY & PHIL 1969 at YOGI MAGIC MART'S second location|
310 N. CHARLES ST. BALTIMORE
"I also remember when I was a kid going to Phil Thomas's shop, and then one day after we had been doing 'the act' and appeared in England and got on the cover of 'Abra' that he said... "Well, my boy, you have hit the big time." Ah the memories" - Dick Kohlhafer
|1979 ETIENNE is STEVE WARBURTON|
|A message from PHIL, ANN & DAVID ROEMER concerning the " new" YOGI MAGIC MART location at 217. NORTH CHARLES STREET. Notice the original letterhead with the old 310 address scratched out.|
| 1977 THOMAS amid the burnt ruins of Yogi Magic Mart at 310 Charles
Street ; holding the floating ball given to him by Howard Thurston. |
"Out of this disaster has come a realization,
I never knew I had so many friends" - Phil, the Magician
|A RECEIPT in Mr. Thomas's own handwriting...|
| PHIL THOMAS SCHOOL OF MAGIC|
QUOTES FROM PHIL THOMAS
"Fool them, but fool them pleasantly"
"Never reveal how a trick is done, or else it will ruin the fun for your friends."