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Clive Maskelyne

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Clive Maskelyne
Borncirca 1895
DiedSeptember 1928 (age 32)
at sea
Resting placeOff Cape Trafalgar

Captain Clive Maskelyne (c.1895-1928) was the son of Nevil Maskelyne who also had success as a magician touring South Africa.[1]


As a boy, he was often deputized on the stage of St. George's Hall for his father. He gradually built up an effective act of mechanical illusions. He serve during the First World War as an officer in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlander. He was awarded the Military Cross and left the army at the end of the war with the rank of captain.

On his father's death in 1924, he was appointed to the managing directorship of Maskelynes, Ltd as well as the presidency of The Magic Circle.

Later, he toured South Africa with considerable success.

He resigned his post to undertake an engagement with a film company to make "shots" of wild animal life in the tropics. While on voyage, he contracted a chill and died of pneumonia.


  1. Magician Monthly Vol. 24, September 1928