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 charity of your choice. Memorial services will be private. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

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Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 18, 2011.
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December 18, 2011
Dick was always the consummate professional in a field that was often "not." He was always ready to perform for a class of 8 or an audience of 800. He had the type of presence that added dignity and class to every event. Plus, he was always ready with a dirty joke for me. I loved having Dick Christian at First Class! He was truly one-of-a-kind gentle man. Fun, kind, and gentle. All wonderful qualities for a man and a magician.
Deb Leopold
December 18, 2011
My father pointed out Mr. Christian's obituary in the Washington Post this morning and asked if I remembered seeing him when I was a child in the 1970s. I instantly recalled "Christian the Magician," especially an appearance at Fairview Elementary where I went to school. Mr. Christian brought joy to many children. My heart goes out to his family and friends.
Jennifer Britts Connors
November 28, 2011
May time heal your heart and bring wonderful memories to help you through this difficult time. I will always have fond memories of your father. It was always fun to be at your house. No one else had magician's rabbits in the backyard!!
Bette Jo Gonzalez
November 26, 2011
The,lord god is a sun and shield the lord will give grace and glory no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly
Liane and richard Smith
November 21, 2011
Dick was a good friend and colleague in the magical arts. I am grateful for the time we were able to spend together last year in Washington DC. I will miss him and send my deepest condolences to his loved ones.

Bob Cassidy
November 18, 2011
Dick was a wonderful person. We are fortunate to be a part of his life. He gave us much joy and enriched our lives. We too will truly miss him. Our love and prayers to you all for a quick mend of your heart. Sincerely,Dennis and Deb Sauve
Deb Sauve
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