Cover of Genii (1959)
|Born||John Joseph Platt|
October 5, 1903
|Died||June 6, 1990 (age 86) |
Began working semi-professionally in 1919 as "La Platt" in Chicago.
Platt was one of the early members of the IBM (number 109).
He was working in the printing business by day and a magician in the evenings, when a theatrical agent called to book him to replace their oriental magician for the World's Fair of 1933 in Chicago. He performed under the name "Hadji Baba". He also did a Chinese Act as "Ki Ming" during the last days of vaudeville.
During World War II he join the USO and performed all over the world. He then worked at the Chicago's LaSalle Hotel in the "Gay Nineties Bar" as an MC and magician for fifteen years. He appeared on Don Alan's "Magic Ranch" TV series.