Milton Kort

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Milton Kort
Born Milton Kort
1917
Michigan, U.S.
Died August 1, 2003
Nationality American
Occupation pharmacist, micromagician
Known for sleight of hand, card magic
Spouse(s) Reva Chaflin

Milton Kort (1917–2003) was a professional pharmacist, but dabbled in sleight of hand.

He was a hobbyist magician that seldom traveled outside the Detroit area and who rarely performed. Yet he was a man whom the professionals and greats in magic flocked to see. Professional magicians like Paul Rosini, Stewart James, Dr. Jacob Daley, J. B. Bobo, Charlie Miller, Cardini, Dai Vernon and many more sought out Milt Kort and shared secrets with him. Innumerable authors of magic books and articles fell back time and again to his immense knowledge.[1]

As a teenager in the 1930s, he worked as a demonstrator at Sterling Magic, owned by Harold Sterling. He became regarded as a fine amateur magician and thinker.[2]

As a young man, he enlisted in the Army during World War II and became a supply sergeant. Eventually, he became a full-time pharmacist, opening his own store - Kort's Drugs.

Kort was good friends with coin magician J.B. Bobo, and contributed a majority of the work in BOBO's Coin Magic.[3] A man like Milt Kort could fool and entertain an audience in even the most casual and intimate of settings.[4] Milton Kort attended the local chapter of the International Brotherhood of Magicians Ring #22 in the Detroit, Michigan metropolitan area.

Kort had one simple rule, Kort's First Principle: Have Fun![5]

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