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Eddie Clever

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Eddie Clever
BornWilliam Edward David Rupp
July 03 1904
Mechanicsburg, Pa., USA
DiedMarch 15, 1975 (age 70)
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
CategoriesBooks by Eddie Clever

Eddie Clever (July 3, 1904 - March 15, 1975) was an editor of the Hocus Pocus Parade column in the Linking Ring from 1944 until 1968.


Brought up in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, Clever left high school in 1924 for show business and in the 15 years that followed, played medicine shows and other engagements. It was during this time he met Ted Annemann who was also playing the medicine show circuit.

In the early 30s, with show business fading, Clever took a civil service job with the New Cumberland Army Depot.

Clever was on the cover of Linking Ring for June 1944 where he was an editor of the "Parade". Clever, along with Bob Weill and Joe Ovette, started the Hocus Pocus Parade column in the magazine, the first column to place all effects under one heading. Clever remained as editor until 1968.

In 1947 he contracted multiple sclerosis and was forced to retire. In spite of his illness that forced the use a wheel chair, Clever continued to work, devoting most of his efforts to mentalism.

Clever also wrote one of the first hardbound books on performing for children called "Entertaining Children with Magic"

In 1967, IBM Ring No. 20 of Harrisburg, PA, honored Clever by naming it the Eddie Clever Keystone Ring

Eddie often used the expression, "Magicians are the grandest people on earth.[1]



  1. "EDDIE CLEVER By Bob Weill, Linking Ring, June 1944.
  • The Sphinx, Vol. 31. No. 2, April 1932, Who’s Who in Magic, page 72
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 38, No. 1, March 1958, Here’s Eddie Clever, by Doris and Joe Duke, page 34
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 47, No. 3, March 1967, EDDIE CLEVER CHATS, page 70, Ring 20 To Honor Eddie Clever, page 90
  • The New Tops, Vol. 15, No. 6, June 1975, Final Curtain, Eddie Clever, page 43
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 64, No. 8, August 1984, EDDIE CLEVER MEMORIAL, by Phil Willmarth, page 52