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SJMiller
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For those interested, here are some new dates regarding African American magician Alonzo Moore. He was born April 13, 1878. Still working on the place of birth.

Reports that Moore died in 1914 are not correct. Have no death date but Moore was reported as still performing as late as, oddly enough, April 13, 1929.
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I appreciate your research and information on this great African American magician, whom many considred technically the best African American magician of his time (he was advertised as "the only colored magician in the world" circa 1903). Since my publication of Magical Heroes, I had found evidence of Moore performing as late as 1928, what was advertised as an evening of "Oriental Magic," so was aware reports of his demise were exaggerated. It has been reported that he was "from Chicago," but I do not know whether that was his birthplace or not. I have also been able to add additional photographs of him to my collection.
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LOL....I find the facts and you find the ephemera. I think you are getting the better end of the deal. Seriously though, it APPEARS that Moore was born in Missouri, with the leading candidate for the city being Tipton. I am 100% certain that I have found Moore's family but "Alonzo" is not listed among them. The birthdate listed above comes from Moore himself and he then verified the facts by his signature. Taking that and the census records I have found leads me to believe that Alonzo may have not been his real name. The only problem is that I have not been able to verify this and cannot think of anyway of doing so.
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