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'''Charles E. Griffin''' was a magician, ventriloquist, fire eater, sword swallower, author, publisher, magic dealer, and sideshow manager.  He was an advance man for circuses and the Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.  He performed under the names Monsieur F. Le Costro, Professor Griffin, and the Yankee Yogi.
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'''Charles E. Griffin''' was a magician, ventriloquist, fire eater, sword swallower, author, publisher, magic dealer, and sideshow manager.  He was an advance man for circuses and the Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.<ref>Griffin, Magicol No. 8 (November 1961).  He performed under the names Monsieur F. Le Costro, Professor Griffin, and the Yankee Yogi.
  
 
While he was a child, his family moved to Albia, Iowa and by the age of 16 was touring school houses, town halls, and county fairs as a magician. Griffin then joined Hilliard & DeMott's Circus. In 1889  Griffin was performing as "Professor Griffin, the Yankee Yogi, Magician and Sword Swallower" on the Bob Hunting Circus which he worked for twelves years and eventually owned and operated the sideshow.  
 
While he was a child, his family moved to Albia, Iowa and by the age of 16 was touring school houses, town halls, and county fairs as a magician. Griffin then joined Hilliard & DeMott's Circus. In 1889  Griffin was performing as "Professor Griffin, the Yankee Yogi, Magician and Sword Swallower" on the Bob Hunting Circus which he worked for twelves years and eventually owned and operated the sideshow.  

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Charles Griffin

Front-piece of "Four Years in Europe with Buffalo Bill" (1908)
BornCharles Eldridge Griffin
June 16, 1859
St. Joseph, Missouri
DiedJanuary 3, 1914 (age 54)
Albia, Iowa

Charles E. Griffin was a magician, ventriloquist, fire eater, sword swallower, author, publisher, magic dealer, and sideshow manager. He was an advance man for circuses and the Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag

He was one of the first magicians to include devilish imps in his advertisements.[1]

Books

  • Four Years in Europe with Buffalo Bill
  • Showman's Guide
  • Showman's Book of Wonders
  • How To Be A Contortionist! Bending Made Easy: A Practical Self-Instructor by a Well-Known Professional (1896)

References

  1. Magic 1400s-1950s by Jim Steinmeyer (Author), Mike Caveney (Author), Ricky Jay (Author), Noel Daniel (Editor) (2009)