A Magical Genius

Winston Freer was the inventor of the Tile Puzzle offered on this site and was considered to be a complex man and a magical genius.

Winston Freer was born in St. Albans, Vermont on August 21, 1910.

He died on April 29th, 1981 in a VA Hospital located in Bath, New York.

He had been a "guest" for over 20 years of his life in the VA Hospital.

He was 70 years old when he died.

How did he get interested in magic?

Don Howard is credited with helping foster the love of magic in Winston. Winston and Don remained friends all during Winston's life. Don lived his life out in St. Albans, Vermont where Winston was born and raised. But on January 5th, 2004 at the age of 95, Don passed away peacefully in his sleep. Another lover of magic has passed on to the great supreme mystery. Let us pay due respect. Don had passed many bits of information along to his long time pal Pat Sullivan. One of the bits of note is that Winston got a set of Tarbell magic books for his High School graduation gift.

On another note, in 1926 at the age of 16 Winston saw Howard Thurston perform and that undoubtedly influenced him. Winston went on to attend college at the University of Vermont from 1928 to 1932. After his college education he moved to the midwest and became a full time magician.

In the 30's he worked for Percy Abbott at Abbott's Magic in Colon, Michigan. Winston was a full time magician first using the name Alladin and later using the name Doc Maxam. Winston appeared throughout the Midwest and was hired by many corporations such as International Harvestor to entertain their executives.

Winston's immediate family is gone, meaning his wife, son and daughter, as well as his brother. More distant family members are still alive.

This writer wishes to pay tribute to Winston Freer and thank him posthumously for his contributions to the magical fraternity! In all due respect, the man was a genius and loved magic. We all stand on the shoulders of those who have been here before us! Let us not forget! Thank you Winston!

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