Glen Pope

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Glen Pope
BornGlen K. Pope
November 25, 1910
San Antonio, Texas
Died?
France
NationalityAmerican

Glen Pope (1910-?), once known as the "Thimble King", abandoned magic after the collapse of Vaudeville to drive a taxi in France.[1][2][3][4]

Biography

Pope learned magic by assisting Fasola, Thurston and Charlton. In 1926 he became a nightclub and stage magician touring the world in the 1930s and 1940s.[5]

Pope did the Vanishing Birdcage (as his opener) and the Smoking Clay Pipes. His act was described in Holden's Programmes of Famous Magicians. In the January-February 1935 issue of Le Journal de la Prestidigitation, Dr. Jules Dhotel devoted a leading article to Pope, referring to him in the highest terms.

It was reported in the August 1952 Hugard's Magic Monthly that Pope was talking of returning to Europe because he was unhappy about the state of show business in America.

Jack Kodell, in his autobiography, "Do Something Different" (2011) writes of his efforts, along with Fred Kaps, to help Pope find work while in Paris in 1952. Kodell and Kaps convinced an agent to hire Pope for a four week engagement in Madrid, Spain. Pope was the hit of the opening night and his booking was extended to eight weeks. The second night, however, Pope arrived for his performance drunk and was fired by the management. The American Embassy contacted Pope's sister in California, who sent airfare for Glen to fly to the U.S. Over the next several years he hop-scotched around the U.S. and Canada before returning to Paris, according to Kodell.

He spent his final years, which had begun with great success in European theaters and supper clubs, as a lonely, deteriorating man. He died penniless in France, on an unknown date.

A 1938 picture of him with Milbourne Christopher, Tommy Martin. John Booth, and Bill Baird was published in the July 1992 issue of The Linking Ring.[6]

References

  1. Who's Who in Magic, Sphinx, January, 1933
  2. Cover, Sphinx, May 1937
  3. Magicol November 2001
  4. Magicol August 2004
  5. The Vernon Chronicles, Vol. 4: He Fooled Houdini - Dai Vernon A Magical Life by Bruce Cervon (1992)
  6. Linking Ring, July 1992
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