Douglas Geoffrey

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Douglas Geoffrey
BornDouglas Geoffrey Mackintosh
May 19, 1907
DiedJanuary 14, 1990 (age 82)

Douglas Geoffrey Mackintosh (1907-1990) was an associate of Hardeen. Hardeen passed on many of his items to Geoffrey who was an illusionist and performed under the name Douglas Geoffrey and after Hardeen passed away, as Hardeen, Jr.

Biography

He met Hardeen, brother of Houdini, in 1932, in Atlantic City, and worked for Hardeen as his assistant. At Hardeen's last show in Ridgewood, Queens, New Yok, on May 29, 1945, Hardeen announced "Doug" as his successor.

Geoffrey worked briefly with Houdini, at age 19 on his full evening roadshow. His tenure was brief as Houdini died that same year.

Geoffrey performed his own magic act until he met Hardeen, in Atlantic City in 1932. Geoffrey became one of Hardeen's assistants, working alongside Jim Collins, James Vickery, and Dolly Spence. He eventually become Hardeen's Chief Assistant.

He trouped as Hardeen, Jr. for almost two years in "'Hellz-a-Poppin," playing the part of the magician, which Theo Hardeen originated and played in New York for almost five years.

With Bob Sherman, he staged a show entitled, "Houdini Lives again".

Geoffrey was initiated into the Society of American Magicians on May 19, 1944.

Geoffrey continued performing until he physically couldn't in 1988. Douglas Geoffrey did not formally pass on the Houdini-Hardeen-Hardeen Jr. show to any successor.

When he died in 1990, the S.A.M. performed a Broken Wand ceremony and buried him with his magician's baton. His close friend, William Rauscher conducted the funeral.[1][2][3]

References

  1. Obit Genii 1989 October
  2. Douglas Geoffrey Mackintosh, Hardeen, Jr., May 29, 1907 - January 14, 1990, Successor to Hardeen by William V. Rauscher in The Yankee Magic Collector, Issue #4 (1990)
  3. http://www.wildabouthoudini.com/2011/05/untold-story-of-hardeen-jr.html
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