Donald M. Cohen, a retired credit manager and magician who was known as "Magic Don," died May 1 from a heart attack at his Edgewood home. He was 87.
The son of a bar owner and a homemaker, Donald Martin Cohen was born in Baltimore and raised in the city's Pimlico neighborhood. He was a graduate of city public schools.
After serving in the Army during World War II, Mr. Cohen returned to Baltimore. He worked as a credit and collections manager for Farber's Inc., a North Eutaw Street furniture store, for 20 years until retiring in 1992.
"His first passion was magic. He began doing sleight of hand tricks when he was in his mid-50s," said a daughter, Tammy Wallingsford of Sarasota, Fla., who said her father was a largely self-taught magician.
"He continued to do magic after retirement and did magic shows at art festivals, birthday parties and general events until he passed away," said Ms. Wallingsford. "He even did a magic show at the Easter Egg Roll one year at the White House when President George W. Bush was in office."
Mr. Cohen was a regular performer for a number of years at the Bel Air Arts Festival, said Ms. Wallingsford, who said her father liked going into bars and restaurants in Fells Point, Havre de Grace and Bel Air and performing tricks while sipping a Coke.
"Of course, he used magic to break the ice," his daughter said. "He had many friends and people who called him 'Magic Don' or 'Don the Magician.'"
His wife of 17 years, the former Joan Trammell, died in 1980. His second wife of 14 years, the former Judith Richardson, died in 1998.
Graveside services will be held at 1:45 p.m. Monday at the Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery, 11501 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills.
In addition to Ms. Wallingsford, Mr. Cohen is survived by two other daughters, Debbie Cahill and Liz Jones both of Owings Mills; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun