Arthur Moris Cowen, “MR. AM”

(Known in the magic world as “The Man With The Cards!”)

Evan Myles is extremely proud to introduce you to the history of his great, great, grandfather…

You see… Way back in the beginning of the 20th Century there was a man named Arthur Moris Cowen… who ultimately became widely known as “Mr. AM”. Born in Poland in the late 1800’s, it became obvious very early in his life that he had a special gift.  He had a strong love for the world of “MAGIC” an even greater ability to demonstrate it!

Arthur Moris Cowen (Mr. AM) as a young man with his sisters, Hannah “Rose” and Beatrice.

Arthur Moris Cowen (Mr. AM) as a young man with his sisters, Hannah “Rose” and Beatrice.

As a result, Mr. AM grew up studying the art of “Magic” with the goal of making it his career.

Turns out?… He succeeded quite handsomely… and skillfully.  And, as a result, he travelled in some very exclusive circles, counting many other well-known magicians as his close friends.  Men like Houdini, Thurston, Kellar and Blackstone, to name a few.

By the 1930’s, after travelling and performing all over the world, Mr. AM settled down with his family in the Washington DC/Baltimore MD area, performing professionally at all sorts of posh venues for very appreciative audiences.

Professional headshot of “Mr. AM”, used in newspaper and magazine advertising pieces.

Professional head-shot of “Mr. AM”, used in newspaper and magazine advertising pieces.

There were certain signature effects for which he was quite renown.  Chief among these was his presentation of “The Egg Bag”.  One column in the magician’s trade magazine called “The Sphinx” said of Mr. AM that “Albini would be proud.”  This is considerable praise for among the very few real experts of the Egg Bag, Albini was considered the best.

Cowen was also very adept at card work.  He frequently hung out with other “card men” of the inner circle and so, proved to have had considerable talent in this area.  So much so that he became known as “The Man With the Cards.”  There are no recorded detailed descriptions of what effects he did, but it was obvious from newspaper and magazine articles that he was really very good at what he did.

Photographic representation of “Mr. AM” from a poster used to advertise his show to the public.

Photographic representation of “Mr. AM” from a poster used to advertise his show to the public.

He was also instrumental in the formation of the Baltimore/Washington branch of the SAM (Society of American Magicians).  At the formal ceremony for its induction, he was listed as one of the charter members of the Kellar-Thurston Assembly and at this event, according to a write-up in “The Sphinx” (One of the main trade magazines of the day), he “took a deck of cards, a velvet bag and a celluloid egg and for a full half hour held the audience spellbound and completely mystified.”  The article also stated that “His presentation of the egg and bag compares favorably with any of the world famous magicians.”

His brother… “John Moris”… also became a famous magician in his own rite, travelling and performing throughout South America… showing off his masterful talents in the magical arts and, ultimately becoming known as “el hombre mysterioso.”

And now… after several generations have passed… we learn that, at long last, a modern descendant of that family has also inherited their skills in the performance of magic.

Evan Myles is extremely proud to be able to pick up where his “magical” ancestors left off.