Cover of Genii (1948)
|Born||Jack Conrad Brown|
September 05, 1923
|Died||December 21, 2004 (age 81) |
Alton C. Sharpe (September 5, 1923 - December 21, 2004), a Chicago attorney, started a second career as a magician.
A 1955 graduate of The John Marshall Law School, Sharpe had been an Army entertainer in Europe during World War II. In addition to a civil law and tax practice he owned Al Sharpe Studio of Magic.
He was the editor-publisher of Ollapodrida.
About Alton Sharpe’s Name
Sharpe was born Jack Conrad Brown. He started with magic, went into law, and changed back to magic again.
In the February 2005 issue on page 24, Genii published his obituary. The next page 25 is a topic about the Kennedy assassination in November 22nd, 1963, titled "Tell Jack Ruby not to send the letter …", by Richard Hatch. The contribution is about Conrad Brown, a lawyer in Chicago. It ends the chapter with the sentence: Conrad Brown, better known to magicians as Alton Sharpe, died in December 2004. (Documents about the case can be retrieved from internet).
In his autobiography 1992, written by John Booth, the name Conrad Brown didn’t get a mention. In his dead certificate he is named Alton Sharpe. His name was obviously changed giving him a new identity.
Addendum: the following names can be found: Conrad Brown, Pvt. C. J. Brown, Jack Conrad Brown, John Conrad Brown, Alton C. Sharpe, Alton Conrad Sharpe, Alton Sharpe, …
- Expert Hocus Pocus (1961)
- Expert Card Conjuring (1967)
- Expert Card Mysteries (1969)
- Expert Card Chicanery (1971)
- ↑ M-U-M, Vol. 97, No.7, December 2007, WAS ALTON ACTUALLY ALAN? by John Moehring, page 61
- ↑ The Linking Ring, Vol. 24, No. 4, June 1944, page 74
- ↑ Genii 1944 August, Vol. 8, No. 12, page 422
- ↑ The Linking Ring, Vol. 25, No. 1, March 1945
- ↑ Genii 2005 February, Vol. 68, No. 2, Obituary - Alton Sharpe, pp. 24, 25
- ↑ Memoirs of a Magician's Ghost - ALTON SHARPE: LAWYER, SHOP OWNER, ENTERTAINER, by John Booth, in The Linking Ring, Vol. 72, No. 6, June 1992, page 66
- MAGIC WEB EXTRA: Alton Sharpe 1921-2004
- Cover Genii 1948 January
- The Linking Ring, Vol. 30, No. 4, June 1950, Sharpe Sorcery, by Milbourne Christopher, page 15
- M-U-M, Vol. 54, No. 8, January 1965, ALTON SHARPE, magician-of-the-month, by Leslie P. Guest, page 383
- The Linking Ring, Vol. 85, No. 2, February 2005, BROKEN WAND, Alton “Al” Sharpe, page 126
- M-U-M, Vol. 94, No. 10, March 2005, BROKEN WANDS, Alton Sharpe, page 59