Will H. Chandlee

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Will H. Chandlee
BornWilliam Henry Chandlee
January of 1865
DiedMay 10, 1954 (age 89)
Washington, D. C.

Will H. Chandlee (1865-1954) was an amateur magician who invented "The Vanishing Ray" and "The Yoge's Mirror".[1]


Chandlee was an artist and chief illustrator for the Natural Museum and Smithsonian Institution.[2] He drew the first illustrated news story to appear in The Washington Star in 1887. He held many honors in art and founded the art magazine Student Illustrator and then the Washington School of Art in 1912.[3]

He served as Vice-President of the IBM National Capital Ring in Washington, D.C..


  1. History of Conjuring and Magic by Henry Ridgely Evans (1928)
  2. http://www.askart.com/askart/c/will_h_chandlee/will_h_chandlee.aspx
  3. Obit, Linking Ring, June 1954
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