Charles Neil Smith
|Charles Neil Smith|
Cover of Sphinx (March 1915)
|Born||Charles Neil Smith|
January 7, 1887
San Diego, California
Charles "Charlie" Neil Smith began authoring the "Uncle Feelix Correspondence Column" starting with Sphinx issue of July, 1911. It ran until 1920 and he continued it again in the Pacific Coast Magic News in 1935. As "Uncle Feelix," he has brought readers of the Sphinx his witty, original and humorous quips, queries and replies.
He became interested in magic after receiving a copy of Professor Hoffman's Modern Magic in 1897. He moved to Detroit, and took up active club entertaining after Nate Leipzig left for vaudeville. Smith one of the pioneers in "rapid-fire" talking magic, with clean comedy patter. His program also included ventriloquism, readings and mimicry.
He later moved to Seattle where he served as Historian for the P. C. A. M. from 1939 into the 1950s and as President in 1941.
His daughter, Pauline Smith, performed at the 28th Annual Ladies Night of the Seattle Magic Ring in 1958.