Frank Van Hoven
|Frank Van Hoven|
|Born||Frank Raymond Van Hoven|
February 05, 1886
Sioux City, Iowa
|Died||January 11, 1929 (age 42) |
Frank Raymond Van Hoven (1886-1929) worked his way to top billing on the United States vaudeville circuit after developing a comedy routine, consisting mostly of gags.
Van Hoven first set out to become a juggler. On seeing him practice, Harry Jansen (later becoming Dante) advised him to take up magic instead. Not faring well at being a traditional serious performer, he transformed his magic act into a comedy routine where nothing went right.
Van Hoven was billed as the "Mad Magician" and "The Man Who Made Ice Famous", with a routine that would have a "volunteer" from the audience holding a large block of ice during his act while he kept trying to make a borrowed handkerchief appear inside it.
Van died of pneumonia on his second tour of England. Dell O'Dell did his act for a few years.