"He was also a walk-around Santa at the annual lighting of the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon Place and was also the 'Official Santa'" at the Charlestown Retirement Community, where he greeted residents in the dining room, said Mrs. Trattner.

"Paul had a special Santa Claus suit custom-made and real authentic boots as well," said Mr. Goebel. "It was the same as his magic. Everything had to be authentic."

Mr. Trattner was an accomplished musician who enjoyed playing jazz on the alto saxophone and bass clarinet.

Mr. Trattner was a member of the Rosicrucian Order of North America, International Psychic Entertainers Association and the Brotherhood of Magicians.

He had been an active member of the Coldspring Newtown community, where he served on the neighborhood association's board and had been president.

"He was instrumental in designing and installing a labyrinth in Coldspring Newtown based on an ancient design," his wife said.

Mr. Trattner had also been a board member of the Waldorf School.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Community Cottage of Coldspring Newtown, 4800 Tamarind Road.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Trattner is survived by a brother, Michael Trattner of Baltimore; a nephew; and four nieces.

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