Help us get to over 4,000 biographies in 2018.

If you know of a past magician not listed in MagicPedia, start a New Biography for them or Email us your suggestion.

Frank Nightingale

From Magicpedia, the free online encyclopedia for magicians by magicians.
Jump to: navigation, search
Frank Nightingale

From Conjurers' Monthly Magazine
(Sept. 1907)
BornFrank B. Nightingale
December 25, 1885
DiedMarch 29, 1964 (age 78)

Frank Nightingale (1885-1964), The Mystifier, was a professional vaudeville magician.


Nightingale, from upstate New York, first teamed up with Jack Merlin as "Nightingale and Merlin". It was Nightingale who suggested that his friend (then Jimmy Meyers) use the stage name of "Jack Merlin".

Nightingale went on to played in vaudeville and later the Palace Theatre in New York City, which at that time was considered the acme of success.

In 1913, he decided there was no future in vaudeville and went to California after having worked for the General Electric Company in Schenectady, New York. He started the Kim Lighting Company on the West Coast, having success with lighting estates and gardens of movie stars. He designed and installed the original chandelier and lighting in Floyd Thayer's magic studio, Brookledge in 1933.

Nightingale died of a malignancy of the central nervous system on Easter Sunday.[1]


He also wrote two non-magic books on garden lighting.


  1. Ask the Doctor, MUM, JANUARY, 1985