Harry Blackstone Sr.
Suzy Wandas Bennett
June Horowitz (1913 – 2018)
June Warsaw was born on September 12, 1913. As a child she had bone tuberculosis, which left her with an immobile hip joint and led to a permanent limp. Her father, Abe Warsaw, was a magician and taught all of his children magic. While all of them were involved with magic, only June maintained it as a lifelong pursuit.
June began learning magic as a young girl, and by the age of twelve had become an apprentice of sorts to her father. Eventually, she was able to make money with her magic, and it was her magic that helped her to pay for her education at the University of Michigan. Her magic also played a role in meeting her husband, Sam Horowitz. While the full story is still a mystery, it seems the meeting involved sleight of hand and a sugar cube.
June went on to pursue a career in education, and was a math teacher at Ottawa Hills High School, Grand Rapids Junior College, and Marywood Academy in Michigan. She would use her magic to help her teach math, and many of her students pursued magic themselves. June also became qualified to assist her husband Sam with his insurance business, Trail-O-Home Insurance Agency.
Even though her career was in education, June was still very active in magic, and received many honors. She was also one of the few women in magic, and stood out for that. She was awarded Best Female Magician in the U.S. and England by the Magigals, and was one of only two female magicians to ever perform at the Society of Canadian Magicians Convention.
June considered herself a close-up magician, and although she had done and could do stage magic, she preferred close-up, with smaller groups of people. This method also posed a challenge not encountered on stage, as the audience was closer and could more easily observe what the magician was doing. She also did television performances, including a six week stint as the Queen of the Elves for a show sponsored by Wurzburg’s.
June was a member of many organizations, including serving as a moderator for the Panel of Americans for 8 years, serving on the board of the Welcome Home for the Blind, working with the League of Women Voters, serving on the board of the Tuberculosis & Emphysema Society, and being involved in MENSA at one point. She was also active in Temple Emmanuel. She became its first woman officer in 1952, and wrote a book on its history in 1954. She chaired committees for Hadassah, was an officer for Urban League, was her temple’s historian, served on the board of the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, and presented on Judaism to other faiths in the community.
She was also active in magic organizations, including the International Brotherhood of Magic (IBM). In 1987, she became the first female president of IBM. Her tenure as president was spent traveling to conventions, at one point attending 14 in a three-month period.
June once described a trip to western Ireland that she and Sam took. The owner of a local bar found out that she and Sam were part of the International Brotherhood of Magic and gathered up patrons and local magicians, and asked her to perform. She said, “It was heartwarming and instant friendship, it cut across all the geographic barriers.”