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Frank Clinton

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Frank Clinton

Cover of Genii (1947)
BornFrancis Wright Clinton
May 15, 1899
Brooklyn, New York
DiedNovember 15, 1988 (age 89)
Norfolk, Virginia

Frank W. Clinton (1899-1988), who also performed as "Frank Howe", was a semi-professional magician who specialized in general magic and lectures.[1]


Clinton learned magic as child, debuting at the age of ten doing charity shows.

Later became a real estate examiner in Brooklyn and did USO shows during World War II. Frank became a top magician in New York for some 25 years and was a friend of Harry Houdini. His credits include a command performance for Prince Peter of Greece and appearances on TV in New York City.[2]

His two trademarks effects were a cascade of butterflies from a glass of water and bouquets of roses that were handed out to the audience.

He founded the Kings County Capital Corp. and retired as its president in 1971.

In 1977, he moved to Norfolk, Virginia, where he taught magic.

Clinton joined the Society of American Magicians in 1927 and was a president of the Society of American Magicians Parent Assembly, the Professional Entertainers of New York and Magicians Guild of America.[3] He was also a 50-year member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, an associate member of the Inner Magic Circle of London, a fellow of the Academy of Magical Arts, a member of the Lambs, and the Supreme Order of Houdini.[4][5]

His daughter, Janet C. Goldbach, carried on the magic tradition performing as "Pixie".


  1. Obit Genii 1988 September
  2. Obit, Linking Ring, February 1989
  3. Cover, Genii 1947 September
  4. Cover - Linking Ring (Vol. 28 No. 4)
  5. Obit, MUM, March, 1989