Silent Mora was the stage name for Lewis McCord of Pittsburgh, PA. He settled in Boston and lived in the Hotel Clarendon during the height of his career. Mora became renown for his fine mime skills as well as for his sleight-of-hand. He is credited with creating the Wand Spin Vanish and the Balls in the Net routine , and was especially noted as a great billiard ball manipulator. Dai Vernon, who created his own version of “Balls in Net” called “Three Ball Transposition,” said that Silent Mora’s performance of the Balls in the Net was incredible. However ill health curtailed Mora’s career, soured family relations left him with little support, and he is buried in Potter’s Field in Boston, MA.
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