Cover of Genii (1937)
January 4, 1901
|Died||July 14, 1954 (age 53) |
Frank Chapman (January 4, 1901- July 14, 1954), born Franklin Montgomery Chapman in Baltimore, Maryland, wrote a column called "Chap's Corner" in Genii (1937-1944), and published a hand-typed, self-illustrated magazine called Chap's Scrapbook (1938-1940) which featured material by the likes of Charlie Miller and Nate Leipzig.
Chapman worked in sales and advertising. He created small magic booklets as promotional items like the Popsicle Magic Coin Book distributed by Popsicle Service Inc. in 1933.
In 1936, while working for Shell Oil, Chapman starred in one of the four touring Shell Oil Magic Shows headed by Jack Keyes. That same year started self-publishing a series of booklets called Six Bits.
- Six Bits (1936)
- Another Six Bits (1936)
- Six Bits More (1936)
- Ten Stunners with a Nail Writer (1941)
- Quick Tricks (1942)
- Fountain of Silks (1942)
- Chap's Amazing Manuscript (1944)
- Twenty Stunners with a Nail Writer (1944)
- Three Six Bits (1947)