The Baffling Mr. Baker



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Harmon Baker on Johnny Cars0n

I absolutely LOVE magic and had never heard of Harmon Baker until just recently when I happened upon an old Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. It was broadcast on 5/4/83 and really caught my eye because Harmon did an illusion with a newspaper that my old friend magician Doug Henning used to do and now I'm wondering if Doug learned it from Mr. Baker ... sadly, they both have passed so there is no way to actually ask either of them :-( May they both RIP continuing to do their magic in the heavens above! :-)

Debby Magill 353 days ago

Thank you antenna TV!

I am watching Carson as well. This little magician caught my eye. I had to google him! To live to be 106 and to be as sharp as he was is amazing! What a blessed man he was. I grew up watching all these shows. Thank you ME TV!

Justine Coley more than 1 year ago

Harmon Baker

I think you need to check your math. According to your article, Harmon was born in 1897 and lived until the age of 106. Yet you state that he died in 1993?? 1897+106 = 2003. Also, he stated on Carson, back in May 1983, that he was 96. I believe that was correct. That would mean he was born in 1887. 1887+106 = 1993.

cshangee more than 1 year ago

Harmon Baker

Perfect cshangee!! I was just reading that article and going "What the....."..LOL. I was just trying to figure out how to message the author when I saw your post. I am watching Carson on Antenna TV!! LOVE the old shows and sometimes I have to look up people that were on there to find out whatever happened to them. Thanks for posting the clarification!!

Brian more than 1 year ago

What the.....

I also just saw him Carson on Antenna TV and decided to look him up! I was trying to determine what year that episods was from. The math was definitely not right.

Chris o more than 1 year ago


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