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Eli Hackman

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Eli Hackman
BornRalph Elias Hackman
June 27, 1872
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
DiedNovember 25, 1962 (age 90)
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

Eli Hackman (1872-1962) was a semi-professional magician specializing in children's parties, ventriloquism, and Punch and Judy shows.


Hackman was a past of President S. A. M. Assembly No. 4 in Philadelphia.[1]

On April 11, 1923 in Philadelphia, Hackman was one of the first performers to do Punch and Judy on radio.[2]

He made and sold some of the vent figures and in 1920 he created the Sure Shot Dice Box.[3]


  1. Who's Who in Magic, Sphinx
  2. PUNCH AND JUDY SHOW (Broadcasted from Philadelphia, Pa.) By Eli Hackman, Sphinx, July, 1923
  3. Obit, Linking Ring, January 1963