In Memoriam: Micky Hades

The Ballad of Micky Hades

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Micky Hades, a luminary in the world of magic, on November 16, 2023. He was 97 and a half years old. He held I.B.M. number 13834E and had been a member since 1953. He belonged to the Order of Merlin Excalibur (fifty years of continuous membership) and Ring 66-28.

Micky Hades, born in Canada in 1926, dedicated his life to the art of magic. A true visionary, he enchanted audiences with his performances and left an indelible mark on the magical community.

Micky was not only a consummate magician but also an accomplished author and publisher. With over two hundred published works, he shared his vast knowledge and passion for magic with the world. His book, "The Make-Up of Magic," is considered a foundational text for magicians of all levels.

As an entrepreneur, Micky founded Micky Hades Enterprises, a dynamic company that encompassed magic sales, illusion design, and magical entertainment. He was instrumental in organizing "The Magic Fun & Film Festival," a cherished event that united magicians and enthusiasts, fostering a sense of camaraderie and shared wonder.

In 1977, Micky extended his magical legacy to the United States, opening a store in Seattle, Washington, managed by Stephen Minch, and establishing "Micky Hades International." His commitment to nurturing young talents showcased his unwavering dedication to the art of magic.

Micky Hades will be remembered not only for his contributions to magic but also for his warmth, generosity, and boundless enthusiasm. His magical spirit inhabits the numerous lives he touched, and his legacy will continue to inspire future generations of magicians.

His presence in the world of magic will be deeply missed, but his magic lives on in the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Rest in eternal magic, dear Micky.