January 2000

Trevor Rogers

by Joseph H. RADDER

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The simple tricks Trevor Rogers’ father taught him in grammar school at the turn of the century would provide him with a love of magic for nine decades.

Rogers, now 92, grew up in the hamlet of Curriers, NY, about 30 miles south of Buffalo. Rogers traveled six miles north to attend Arcade High School. Rogers, like many students from other towns, would board at private homes during the winter months so that they could be closer to school.

Trevor graduated from high school in 1924 and started at Syracuse University that same year. While there, Rogers studied architecture in the College of Fine Arts. He finished the 5-year program in 1929 and went to work in Buffalo.

The best known design office in Buffalo at the time, E.B. Green’s, had a staff of 15 draftsmen. Because of its size, E.B. Green’s was able to take in new graduates—Rogers worked there for $15 per week and that included working on Saturdays.
By 1939 Rogers had gained enough experience to take the state exam for certification as an architect. He received his certificate and worked with other architects in Buffalo before going into business for himself.

Rogers worked on his own for 42 years, drafting projects like the $2 million police station and $1 million main library in Tonawanda. He retired from architecture 11 years ago, but it’s only been 4 years since he performed his last magic show.

Rogers and his wife Fran put on more than 100 shows over a ten-year period. They performed for charitable organizations all over New York, including nursing homes, Rotary Club and the Kiwanis. Rogers is a member of the Order of the Merlin.

Today Rogers resides in Kenmore with his wife.

Joseph H. Radder is a freelance writer.


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