Russell Swann (1901-1980) was a successful comedy magician that performed in every major nightclub in the United States during the 1930s and 1940s.
October 31, 1901
Washington D. C.
|Died||March 16, 1980 (age 78) |
He studied under Thurston and became the first magician to play the Waldorf Astoria in New York. He became one of the highest paid nightclub performers of his day. He did command performances at the White House for both President Roosevelt and Truman. One of Russell's most famous routines was the Head Chopper.
He also appeared on TV and film, including two appearances on the Jackie Gleason Show.
- "Magician of the Year" by The Society of American Magicians at Hunter College in New York in 1975.
- Performing Fellowship from the Academy Of Magical Arts in 1979.