Richard A. Christian

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Richard Allen Christian, age 73, Cdr., U.S. Navy, (Ret.). Richard "Dick" Christian, of Fairfax Station, died November 8, 2011, following a 4-month battle with a rare blood disorder. Mary Ann, his college sweetheart and wife of 51 years, was by his side. Dick was born on December 15, 1937, in Philadelphia. He earned a degree in Business Administration from Penn State University, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and served a term as president. He also attended the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California. A 20-year naval officer and recipient of a Bronze Star, he had command of the USS Claud Jones, DE1033, out of Pearl Harbor and the USS John Paul Jones, DDG32, out of Long Beach, which saw action off the coast of Vietnam. Upon retirement, he transformed his life-long hobby of magic into a second career as Christian the Magician and founded Christian and Company Entertainment, booking hundreds of different acts for all occasions. As Christian the Magician, he performed at the White House and many embassies, entertained the U.S. Supreme Court, taught at the Smithsonian, appeared at Wolf Trap and Hollywood's Magic Castle. He was an esteemed addition to the Ring 50 Chapter of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, and was an approved member of the Arts Council of Fairfax County. He brought countless smiles to children and adults through thousands of performances, was highly regarded in magic circles, and was an international authority on mentalism and book tests. Until his death, he lectured at most of the federal intelligence and law enforcement agencies. Dick will be remembered for his quick wit and will be missed by many. He is survived by his wife, daughter, Jennifer, grand-daughters, Sarah and Meghan, and son, John, and daughter-in-law, Renee. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to a . Memorial services will be private. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 18, 2011
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