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Max Armstrong

Max Armstrong

Friday, January 20th, 1933 - Friday, December 14th, 2018
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Max L. Armstrong, age 85. Master Magician & Illusionist, Former Marine Corps Captain and Retired Wichita Police Department Captain, passed away Thursday, December 14, 2018.

Max earned a Master’s degree at WSU and taught Administration of Justice there for over 6 years. He was a Black Belt in Judo and taught self-defense for many years. Max took up running at the age of 65 and ran numerous marathons including, Pikes Peak, Boston, and at age 80 in The Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC. Max’s true passion was Magic. Performing all over the world, including summers at Santa’s Workshop, North Pole Co. for 49 years.

Visitation: Wednesday, December 19, 2018, from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Funeral Service: 2:00 pm, Thursday, December 20, 2018, both at Smith Mortuary, Derby.

He was preceded in death by his stepson Eric Clevenger.

Max is survived by his daughter, Tanya L. Frazier (Derek); stepsons, Mike Clevenger (Susan) and David Clevenger; three grandchildren, Blaine, Jaden, and Brayden Frazier; two step grandchildren, William Clevenger and Sonja Emerson (William); and longtime friend and partner in magic Connie Little.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, December 19th, 2018 | 1:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, December 19th, 2018 1:00pm - 8:00pm
    Smith Mortuary, Derby
    1415 North Rock Road
    Derby, Kansas 67037
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Thursday, December 20th, 2018 | 2:00pm
    Thursday, December 20th, 2018 2:00pm
    Smith Mortuary, Derby
    1415 North Rock Road
    Derby, Kansas 67037
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Rick Wheeler


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Dave Cunningham

Posted at 03:32pm
I remember Max well as a kid watching him present magic shows. I took on magic myself partially because of his influence. I took up running in my late 30s though my early 50s and was always amazed at what Max could do as a running in his older age -another great magic feat! He touched many lives and will be remember fondly by many!
Dave Cunningham

Constance L Little

Posted at 06:27pm
Max was my friend. I had known Max for almost 15 years. Being a retired military officer, runner, and professional magician myself, we had a lot in common. Every summer, we got together for dinner and discuss our common interests. On a few occasions, he had me stand in to do his magic show at Santa's Workshop while he ran a race. He was an amazing man, running marathons at 80! I’m sure he is already doing magic for others in heaven. It was an honor to be his friend. Frank Klein, magician and good friend in Colorado Springs, CO

Constance L Little

Posted at 06:14pm
During over 30 years performing magic with Max, I have gone from timid assistant to partner in magic, hopping in and out of dozens of illusions. He got me into running and to the top of Pikes Peak (the hard way) numerous times. He has touched thousands of lives: in the Marine Corps, the Wichita Police Department, Judo, the Aloha Restaurant, hundreds of running races and MAGIC from intimate close-up to full evening illusion stage shows! Max did more in his lifetime than any 6 people I know.
I will miss the Magic that was Max. Connie Little

Harry Simpson

Posted at 01:08pm
Saepe Expertus, Semper Fidelis, Fratres Aeterni.

Often Tested, Always Faithful, Brothers Forever.

Thank you for your service to this nation.

Now performing his magic eternally in the Ultimate Venue.

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Max in his Magic library and practice space. ❤️

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