Cover of Genii (1948)
|Born||Harry Bernard Solomon|
January 19, 1905
New York City
|Died||February 15, 1970 (age 65) |
Harry Mendoza (1905 - 1970) was the stage name of Harry Bernard Solomon (also known as "Ata Sun Gai", "Mister Fi Ying Yu", "The Shanghai Jester" and "Bernard, The Devil's Friend".
Mendoza was a professional vaudeville and club show magician for decades. He was doing magic semi-professional by the age of 12 (doing camp shows during World War I) and then full-time starting in 1923.
In 1943, he was the first American magician to go to Australia with the U. S. O. Camp Shows. Later traveling and performing at more USO Camp Shows in Alaska, the Aleutian Islands, England and France.
He later appeared in several motion pictures as an actor and also worked as a technical director on others.
Mendoza retired to become a salesman in Hollywood. His final performance was on the stage at the Trouper's Club, on August 18, when he did "Mor Watah" (More Water) as taught him by Long Tack Sam. One of his feature effects was the Linking Rings.
- ↑ Obit, Linking Ring, May, 1970
- ↑ Who's Who in Magic, Sphinx, July, 1932
- ↑ Cover Genii 1948 May
- ↑ Linking Ring, August 1943, page 52
- ↑ Obit, Genii 1970 February
- ↑ Obit, MUM, May, 1970