|Born||Edward Emerson Ford McQuaid
17 January 1914
|Died||6 December 1977
Forest Hills, New York USA
Edward Emerson McQuaid
Roy Benson (Jan 17, 1914 to Dec 6, 1977) was a stage magician born in Courbevoie in France. He was an accomplished musician. He is credited for Special Effects, having created the monster for the film "The Flesh Eaters"  directed by his first cousin,Jack Curtis. He died of emphysema.
He studied with Nate Leipzig, creating the bell and bowl routine and elaborating the Chinese Sticks routine (using weights within the sticks) which are published in "Benson by Starlight". This also describes Benson's Bizarre Bag (an egg bag variant), The Dice Box, Bell and Bowl (rice bowls), The Wines of Beelzebub and Hydrostatic Cravis (where a drinking glass is inverted without the contents spilling).
(Also called Mora Wands after Silent Mora - Louis McCord). The method for the Chinese Sticks as well as a number of routines by magicians including Howard Hale, Aldo Colomini, Pete Biro, Joe Stevens and Charlie Miller is presented in the DVD "Chinese Sticks" published by Greater Magic Video Library.
The Benson Bowl is a Cups and Ball routine popularised by Benson. The method and routine is published in "Starlight" and "Classic Secrets of Magic" by Bruce Elliott. The routine is included in the DVDs "Pat Page Spongeballs", "WGM Spongeballs", "John Mendoza Vol 2", "Steve Dacri Volume 3".
- 1955 USA Television show "It's Magic" clip showing Chinese sticks and trick with salt shaker. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOfzp4Wt-pE (Re-published in DVD http://miraclefactory.net/zenstore/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=4_19&products_id=17)
- Photograph auction http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/6941247
- Chinese Sticks DVD http://gmvl.com/details.asp?id=85
- Hoffman's Modern Magic Page 330 (1876) http://archive.org/stream/modernmagic00hoffgoog#page/n346/mode/2up