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Earl Lockman

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Earl Lockman
BornEarl Albert Lockman
June 12, 1893
Chicago, Illinois
DiedApril 18, 1967 (age 73)
Los Angeles, California

Earl Lockman (1893-1967), a member of the pioneer Essanay film company in Chicago, became a magician and escape artist ("Locks Don't Lock Lockman").[1]


Lockman was a charter member of Chicago chapter of Society of American Magicians.

He invented many effects, including a Production Cabinet and the Hindoo Torture Chest.

Lockman provided the props and routines for Paramount's "Houdini" movie starring Tony Curtis.

He performed in night clubs and theaters for many years, and in Las Vegas later in life. [2]


  1. Cover, The Sphinx, Vol. 24, No. 4, June 1925, EARL A. LOCKMAN, page 111
  2. Genii Magazine, Vol. 31, No. 9, May 1967, Obituaries, EARL LOCKMAN, page 397