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Harry Usher

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Harry Usher

Cover of Genii with Francis (1940)
BornHarry Thomas Usher
November 17, 1891
New York City, New York
DiedOctober 29, 1950 (age 58)
Hollywood, California

Harry Usher (November 17, 1891 - October 29, 1950) did a Second Sight act with his wife Francis as The Ushers.

Biography

Usher was born in New York City. Also known as "Hal", he worked for a time as a sideshow act in places like Coney Island. In the early part of his career, he worked in Chinese costume as "Ah Foon" a title given to him by the original "Ah Foon", George Little.

By 1927 The Ushers had become vaudeville headliners doing magic and second sight act called "Fifty Years from Now".

He retired in 1935 to go into the horoscope business in Venice, California. The Ushers produced (2) different series of magic tokens with horoscope signs on them and are listed in Kuethe magic token booklet.[1][2][3][4]

References

  1. Programmes of Famous Magicians (1937)
  2. Cover, Genii Magazine, Vol. 5. No. 4, April 1940, The Ushers, page 105
  3. Obit Genii 1950 November
  4. Magic: A Pictorial History of Conjurers in the Theater by David Price (1985)
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 9, No. 2, April 1929, The Ushers, page 108
  • The Bat, No. 84, December 1950, Harry Usher, Vaudeville Star, Succumbs at 59, page 755
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 30, No. 10, December 1950, Broken Wand, Harry Usher, page 109
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 80, No. 3, March 2000, Vaudeville Magicians, by Bill J. Weldon - Frances and Harry Uscher, page 54
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 88, No. 2, February 2008, WOMEN IN MAGIC U, by Michael Claxton - Frances Usher, page 77