Robert H. Little of Hatboro, PA, better known as Bob “Wiz” Little, a life-long magician, passed away on July 31, 2022 at the age of 90 at Luther Woods Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hatboro. Bob was the beloved husband of the late Barbara Little [née Plummer].
Born September 11, 1931, Bob, was gregarious by nature and known for his slogans, “Wild, Man, Wild” and “WOW!” His home-grown business, “Guaranteed Magic” sported the tongue-in-cheek tagline, “No Shitty Tricks.” Bob first discovered magic during his childhood with a magic kit from Wanamaker's department store. He developed his skills in junior high and high school, motivated by the fact that popularity was a benefit of doing magic.
Bob attended Penn State, became a member of the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity, and majored in chemistry while still embracing his passion for magic. At the time, he was the only student magician on campus, and he performed at the local magic club as often as possible. Bob graduated in 1956 and began a job working as a chemical engineer. It was during this period that he met his wife Barbara and the two were married on July 8, 1961 at Valley Forge Memorial Chapel.
Only a few years along his chemical engineering career path, Bob admitted that he had no enthusiasm for the field and one night told Barbara that he wanted to try doing magic full-time. Barbara agreed that they would try living off her salary as an English teacher for a year, and if it didn’t work out he would go back to the chemical industry. Guaranteed Magic was born and Bob worked the rest of his life to create, source and sell the most unique magic products available.
The Hatboro Hat Tear was one of Bob’s first products and became his signature. Bob would say, “those hats put me on the map!” Bob and Barbara raised their two children, Gregory and Pam, with Bob working as a magician and magic dealer. Bob was a well-known fixture at magic conventions around the world. He even founded his own one-day magic event in 1976, “Bob Little’s Super Sunday,” that continues to the present.
Bob was a magician’s magician with hundreds of friends in the magic community. Over the years he mentored up-and-coming magicians and provided charitable support for magicians and magic clubs in need. He was humbled to be honored by his peers with numerous awards and even lifetime recognition, which was bestowed on Bob by the Society of American Magicians in 2010.
Bob is now reunited with Barbara who passed away in 1994. He is survived by his son Gregory Little and his wife Laura Hunt Little; his daughter Pam Little and her wife Kim Fuerdi; a total of six grandsons and step-grandsons: Connor Little, Patrick Little, Kevin Pisut, Brian Furedi, Kurt Schawacker and Adam Schawacker; and countless friends and members of the magical community.
A memorial celebration is being planned in conjunction with Bob Little’s Super Sunday on November 13, 2022. In lieu of flowers, a magic camp scholarship fund for students has been created through the Society of American Magicians Endowment Fund. Donations may be made in Bob’s name at http://sammagicendowmentfund.org.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family by visiting Schneider Funeral Home, Hatboro at www.schneiderfuneralhome.net.