Art Latcham Magic Collection

Items from the Art Latcham Magic Collection

Previously housed at the Witchurch-Stouffville Public Library, Archives and Research Collections acquired the Art Latcham Memorial Magic Collection in 2012. It is comprised of books, magazines, and ephemera related to illusion, sleight of hand, and related subjects.

Arthur “Art” Latcham, to whom the collection is dedicated, was a philanthropist in the York Region of Ontario. As a member of the Hat and Rabbit club, Latcham was a magic enthusiast who, rumour has it, always carried a deck of cards to perform magic and sleight of hand at any moment. Many public buildings in Stouffville and neighbouring communities were donated by Latcham, including the Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library and the Latcham Gallery in Markham. Art Latcham died in 1979, and the first Stouffville Magic Festival was organized in his honour in 1982. The magic collection was created by festival organizer and town librarian, George Schulkbier. The Art Latcham Magic Collection was dedicated at the first Stouffville Magic Festival on May 9th, 1982.