Mr. Conklin was born in Battle Creek and served in the U.S. Army’s Special Services Entertainment Division after high school. He married his partner in life and magic, Shirley Robertson on June 24, 1951. Shirley passed away in 1987.
From the Sturgis Journal of March 31, 2010:
“In 1961, Jerry moved his family to Colon and began working at Abbott’s Magic Company. Soon afterwards, he became a professional magician, and the ”family of magic” known as The Amazing Conklins traveled throughout the United States, Nova Scotia, New Foundland, Quebec and New Brunswick. In the 1960s they performed at the Boy Scouts National Jamboree in Colorado Springs, Colo.
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