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Frank Chapman

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Frank Chapman

Cover of Genii (1937)
BornFranklin Montgomery Chapman
January 4, 1901
Baltimore, Maryland
DiedJuly 14, 1954 (age 53)
San Diego, CA
CategoriesBooks by Frank Chapman

Frank Chapman (January 4, 1901- July 14, 1954), born Franklin Montgomery Chapman in Baltimore, Maryland, wrote a column called "Chap's Corner" in Genii (1937-1944), and published a hand-typed, self-illustrated magazine called Chap's Scrapbook (1938-1940) which featured material by the likes of Charlie Miller and Nate Leipzig.


Chapman worked in sales and advertising. He created small magic booklets as promotional items like the Popsicle Magic Coin Book distributed by Popsicle Service Inc. in 1933.

In 1936, while working for Shell Oil, Chapman starred in one of the four touring Shell Oil Magic Shows headed by Jack Keyes. That same year started self-publishing a series of booklets called Six Bits.[1][2]



  1. Cover, Genii Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 4, December 1937, Frank Chapman, by WWL Sr., page 108
  2. Genii Magazine, Vol. 71, No. 7, July 2008, Frank Chapman, A Brief Biography, by Todd Karr, page 90
  • Broken Wand, Linking Ring, Aug 1954, page 121