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S. S. Henry

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Sheldon Spar Henry (September 13, 1891 - August 18, 1947) was an artist and magician.

Born in Jamestown, Ohio, Henry attended art schools. He made rag and smoke pictures, sand paintings and chalk cartoons and became a magician. By 1907 Henry was performing professionally in and later toured on Chautauqua and Lyceum circuits with his art and magic.

In the 1930s he, his wife Lucille and several assistants toured with a two-hour evening show. His "Vanishing Goat" illusion was a favorite of his. A goat was hustled into a slatted cage, the cage was hoisted into the air, and in a burst of smoke, it fell apart to show that the goat was gone. Henry's act was describe in Holden's Programmes of Famous Magicians.

Henry and his wife moved to Houston, Texas and lived there until his death.


  • Obit Tops September, 1947
  • Magicol No. 92 (August 1989)
  • Magicol No. 152 (August 2004), page 6