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Harry Kahne

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Harry Kahne
BornMay 4, 1894
Rhode Island
DiedFebruary 24, 1955 (age 60)
Los Angeles, California

Harry Kahne (1894-1955), The Incomparable Mentalist, was known for being able to write upside down and backwards while reciting poetry, among other activities all at the same time.


One of the highest paid mental wizards of his day, he got as high as $1,000 a week at the two-aday Palace Theatre.[1] He also performed in Australia and Great Britain. In the 1950s, he appeared with the Jack Benny show at the London Palladium. [2]

Kahne was compared to Royal V. Heath[3]

Ricky Jay, who described Kahne in his Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women book, paid homage to him in his show performing four distinct mental acts simultaneously with two volunteers on stage. [4] [5] [6]


  1. Hugard's Magic Monthly, March 1955
  2. Wizard, April 1958
  3. Harry Kahne Shepherds Bush Empire, London, Abra, September 1950
  4. Many Faces of Magic