Photographs of Neil Foster
(1922-1988)


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Sandy Bender graciously provided this photo of Neil as a young teen-ager doing his billiard-ball routine. She writes: "My father Dean was Neil's brother and my mother was Neil's assistant for a time in the mid-1940s. ... The family home at 1012 Garfield in Aurora, Ill., was home for a few years as Dad was in the service and Mom helped care for Grandma Foster, who was ill."



Another photo from Sandy Bender of Neil as a young man, performing Harry Blackstone's "Floating Light Bulb" in his yard.



This businesslike photo comes from Abbott's catalog No. 15, published about 1961, accompanying Neil's message to customers.



Another photo from Abbott's catalog No. 15, apparently an earlier publicity shot.



Neil Foster, about 1980 (photo by magician Karrell Fox)



Neil Foster, about 1980 (photo by Dan Wagner of Colon)



Neil Foster in his Colon, Michigan, backyard with friends in 1981 -- magician Chris Jakway (white shirt) stands at left; kneeling are magician John Sherwood and Marcia Groat with their son, Nathan (who grew up to portray Hardeen in "The Mysteries of Houdini." Also around Neil are magicians Cesareo Palaez, David Bull, Webster Bull and Dale Salwak. Others are members of the company of Marco the Magi's Production of Le Grand David's Own Spectacular Magic Company, of Beverly, Massachusetts.



A gathering of writers for The New Tops during the 1968 Abbott's Magic Get-Together in Colon, Michigan, USA: Front row from left, Bruce Posgate, Nick Trost, Sid Lorraine, Duke Stern, Karrell Fox, Neil Foster; back row from left, Clarke Crandall, John Sherwood, Stewart James, Robert Nelson.


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