Hank Moorehouse

Hank Moorehouse died in Bejing July 2, 2011 and his passing had saddened us and many others greatly. Our hearts go out to Jackie and his family. His career is wonderfully documented in  the MUM link, so I won’t go into that as it has already been done but I can tell you about our relationship with him. He was with us when Perfect Magic opened its doors 35 years ago. Phil called him for something and mentioned he was opening a store. Hank wished  him luck and asked if he wanted him to come down to do a lecture to kick it off. No charge, just to give us a boost. That was the kind of guy he was!

Hank introduced us to his lovely bride Jackie in Toronto at a Passport To Magic Convention. I say bride because they were on their honeymoon. They had a booth  there and Jackie laughed about it. “What new bride would go to a magic convention on her honeymoon!”

From the left, Jackie & Hank Moorehouse, Dave Cresey, Phil Matlin

Phil says that without Hank there probably would not have been “Magie Montreal”, the  magic  convention that took place in Montreal for 19 years, thanks to Phil and his partner in that endeavour, Wim Vermeys. When Phil needed advice regarding acts, who was good, who was reliable, etc,  Hank always gave it to him straight.

Many years ago Phil and I were on our way to a Convention in the States not far from where Hank  and Jackie lived. We phoned them and said we would like to meet them for dinner in Kalamazoo and they said no, if you’re so close you’re coming to our home. They insisted we spend the night there, which we did after we all went to a lovely restaurant in Three Rivers for dinner.

Many of you probably met Hank at Magie Montreal.

Hank at the close-up table

Hank entertaining

He had been there a few times, when his busy schedule permitted. I have posted some of the photos of him and you’ll notice how much fun his volunteers are having with him on stage. He knew how to make people feel at ease, young or old. Enjoy the memories!


Phil Matlin, Hank Moorehoue and Wim Vermeys

Hank's world famous escape act.


Filed under Hank Moorehouse, Magic, Magic Conventions, Magie Montreal, Perfect Magic, Phil Matlin

5 responses to “Hank Moorehouse

  1. Dave Harvey

    It is always a pleasure to read your stories! I’m jealous. How I would have like to meet those great magicians as you did. But, wait a minute!… I met you and Mr Matlin! Me too can now say that I met great and nice magicians!!
    (Not joking, It’s good to know that you’re always there after all those years. For me you are among the greatest and nicest people I met in magic. Period!)
    Take care!
    Dave Harvey


  2. Philip Matlin

    Thank you Dave. It’s also good to know we have loyal customers like you who have been with us for a long time. We will continue to be the best we can be. I am sure Evelyn will have a remark to make as well. She is at a conference today and will be back only tomorrow. Thanks again


  3. Another loss, all the greats are dropping like flies…and of course I don’t feel so well myself. (insert drumroll here).

    Truly is a great loss.


  4. Philip Matlin

    This loss was very traumatic for us. We’ve known Hank since before the store opening. He was a true gentleman and was always there for us. I will miss him.


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