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Horace Marshall

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Horace Marshall
BornHorace Marshall III
June 12, 1902
Cleveland, Ohio
DiedFebruary 24, 1976 (age 73)
Akron, Ohio
Resting placeWoodlawn Cemetery, 200 College Street, Wadsworth, Ohio

Horace Marshall (1902-1976), son of Vaudeville magician Marshall, the Mystic, began his own career in magic working the Chautauqua Circuit in 1923 with partner John Frye, using many of his own creations.[1]


In 1926, Marshall decided to devote full-time to the creation, manufacture and sales of magical apparatus and started H. Marshall and Company, making all items by hand.[2][3]

Marshall was a prop builder known for his Feather Flower bouquets built for Harry Blackstone. Horace purchased the business of Rudolph S. Schlosser who built Blackstone's "Light Bulbs Thru a Girl" and Houdini's "Flight of Time".[4]

He was an avid collector of old and rare books on the magic and in 1940 the Akron Magic Club was designated, "The Horace Marshall Ring No. 161", of the I.B.M.

His grandfather was also a magician.


  • Historical and Modern Magic (co-author with Edward Seguin Marshall) (1964)


  1. Genii Magazine, Vol. 40, No. 4, April 1976, Obituaries, Horace Marshall, page 241
  2. The Linking Ring, Vol. 56, No. 4, April 1976, BROKEN WAND - Horace Marshall, page 98
  3. The New Tops, Vol. 16, No. 5, May 1976, Horace Marshall, page 30
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 87, No. 7, July 2007, Letters from the Past, Horace Marshall 1902–1976, by Samuel Patrick Smith, page 54, Horace Marshall - The Bouquets of Success, by Richard Hughes, pp. 59-64