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Frank Eliason

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Frank Eliason
BornFranklin Eliason
January 9, 1875
Salt Lake, Utah
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Frank Eliason (1875-?) was the brother of "Dante, The Mormon Wizard", Oscar Eliason (1869-1899), for whom he worked as his main assistant in the 1890s.

Biography

Frank Eliason took over his brother's touring show when Oscar died and adopted the name "Dante" in 1899.[1] He left Australia in late 1904.

Eugene Laurant recollects, in the "The Sphinx" magazine March 1942, meeting Frank some years after 1899, when Frank was "performing the Spirit Seance in vaudeville."[2]

He married around 1906 and performed with his wife as "The Dantes" until she had to return to Australia through ill-health about 1912, and Frank stayed in the United States with the stage name Frank Frazee which he used when performing his solo Shadowgraphy act.

In May of 1921, he suffered a fractured skull when he struck his head against the floor of his apartment while ill. He was taking from his home at 322 West Forty-second street to Bellevue Hospital and was in serious condition.[3][4]

He may have also been performing in the United States under the name "Cunning", although this may be incorrect as there were other magicians using the name at the time.

Mormon genealogy site says he died "before 1940".

References

  1. Mahatma, July 1899
  2. Magical Nights at the Theatre : A Chronicle by Waller, Charles (1980)
  3. Billboard 5/14/1921 p. 10
  4. http://forums.geniimagazine.com/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=47668&p=321812#p321812