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[[Howard Thurston]] (July 20, 1869 - April 13, 1936) was a world famous stage magician from Columbus, Ohio.. He had the largest traveling Vaudeville magic show for the time, requiring more than eight entire train cars to transport his props across the country.
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'''Howard Thurston''' (July 20, 1869 - April 13, 1936) was a world famous stage magician from Columbus, Ohio.
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He had the largest traveling [[Vaudeville]] magic show for the time, requiring more than eight entire train cars to transport his props across the country.
  
 
== Biography ==
 
== Biography ==
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Thurston was famous for his work with playing cards. He called himself the King of Cards. One of his most famous effects was the "Rising Card".
 
Thurston was famous for his work with playing cards. He called himself the King of Cards. One of his most famous effects was the "Rising Card".
  
In 1908 he took over the Thurston-Kellar Show, following the retirement of [[Harry Kellar]].  
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In 1908 he took over the Thurston-Kellar Show, following the retirement of [[Harry Kellar]].  His brother [[Harry Thurston]] also achieved some prominence as a performer.
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He toured with [[Beatrice Foster]] whom he eventually married, but it lasted for only four years.
  
 
On August 23, 1935 Thurston's farewell tour began at the Fox Theatre in Philadelphia. Though he did not perform the card manipulations he had excelled in for so many years, the other tricks and illusions were as swiftly placed and as entertaining as ever.
 
On August 23, 1935 Thurston's farewell tour began at the Fox Theatre in Philadelphia. Though he did not perform the card manipulations he had excelled in for so many years, the other tricks and illusions were as swiftly placed and as entertaining as ever.
  
 
Thurston died from a stroke. He is entombed at Green Lawn Abbey, a mausoleum in Columbus, Ohio.
 
Thurston died from a stroke. He is entombed at Green Lawn Abbey, a mausoleum in Columbus, Ohio.
 
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== Quotes ==
 
== Quotes ==
 
"My object is to mystify and entertain. I wouldn't deceive you for the world."
 
"My object is to mystify and entertain. I wouldn't deceive you for the world."
  
== References ==
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==Books==
* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=5194 Find a Grave, Howard Thurston.]
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*[[Howard Thurston's Card Tricks]](1901)
[[Category:Biographies|Thurston]]
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*[[ 50 New Card Tricks]] (1905)
[[Category:American magicians|Thurston]]
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*[[100 Tricks You Can Do]] (1912)
[[Category:Professional magicians |Thurston]]
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*[[200 Tricks You Can Do]] (1926)
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*[[200 More Tricks You Can Do]] (1927)
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*[[100 More Tricks You Can Do]] (1932)
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{{Wikipedia}}
 
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* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=5194 Find a Grave, Howard Thurston.]
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* Article  [[Genii 1951 February]]
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* [[The Last Greatest Magician in the World]] by [[Jim Steinmeyer]] (2011)
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Revision as of 13:26, 11 August 2012

Howard Thurston (July 20, 1869 - April 13, 1936) was a world famous stage magician from Columbus, Ohio.

Howard Thurston
BornJuly 20, 1869
Colombus, Ohio
DiedApril 13, 1936 (age 66)
Resting placeGreen Lawn Abbey, Columbus, Ohio.
CategoriesBooks by Howard Thurston

He had the largest traveling Vaudeville magic show for the time, requiring more than eight entire train cars to transport his props across the country.

Biography

Thurston had the largest traveling Vaudeville magic show for the time, requiring more than eight entire train cars to transport his props across the country.

Thurston was famous for his work with playing cards. He called himself the King of Cards. One of his most famous effects was the "Rising Card".

In 1908 he took over the Thurston-Kellar Show, following the retirement of Harry Kellar. His brother Harry Thurston also achieved some prominence as a performer.

He toured with Beatrice Foster whom he eventually married, but it lasted for only four years.

On August 23, 1935 Thurston's farewell tour began at the Fox Theatre in Philadelphia. Though he did not perform the card manipulations he had excelled in for so many years, the other tricks and illusions were as swiftly placed and as entertaining as ever.

Thurston died from a stroke. He is entombed at Green Lawn Abbey, a mausoleum in Columbus, Ohio.

Quotes

"My object is to mystify and entertain. I wouldn't deceive you for the world."

Books

References

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