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Clarke Crandall

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"Senator" Clarke Crandall (1907-1975) was an American comedy magician and magic dealer. He developed funny routines for such effects as the Card Duck and the Cups and Balls.

Clarke Crandall

Cover Genii 1969 March
BornClarke Caryl Randal
April 23, 1907
on a farm in Iowa
DiedJune 01, 1975 (age 68)
Veteran's Hospital in Los Angeles

In 1957, Al Sharpe sold his "Studio of Magic" shop to Crandall, who ran it for two years before closing it.

He was a host at the Magic Castle, introducing the acts and fended off people who were improperly attired (there is a strict dress code). He was the original grumpy old man and his wit and sarcasm were accepted and expected by all. He would do a weekly X-rated show on Saturday nights at midnight.[1]

He wrote a column for The New Tops called "It's A Mystery To Me."

The Abbott's Get-Together presents the "Senator Crandall Award" for comedy excellence each year.


  • Now You Can Get The Best of "Senator" Crandall (1969)
  • How To Stack Dice for Fun and No Profit (1974)
  • Crandall's Comments (1974)


  1. Cover Genii 1969 March
  • The New Tops, Vol. 1, No. 6, June 1961, Cover Portrait, page 22
  • Genii 1973 September, Vol. 37, No. 9, CLARKE “The Senator” Crandall, A Sketchy Autobiography, page 383
  • The New Tops, Vol. 15, No. 4, April 1975, page 43
  • Goodlife's Abracadabra, Vol. 60 No. 1536, Saturday, 5th JULY, 1975, obituary, page 23
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 55, No. 8, August 1975, Clarke, The Senator, Crandall Dies, page 92