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Howard Huntington

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Howard Huntington

The Sphinx (August 1940)
BornHoward William Huntington
September 7, 1905
Omaha, Nebraska
DiedApril 5, 1991 (age 85)

Howard Huntington (1905-1991), son of magician Will Huntington, was a professional magician performing for school assemblies, county fairs and farm implement dealer entertainments in the Midwest.

Biography

A charter member of the Omaha Magical Society, Huntington billed himself as The Great Huntington.

His father, William Huntington was a professional magician, who performed at the old Egyptian Hall, in London, for Maskelyne before moving to the United States.

Huntington began to perform professionally in high school, and continued doing shows during while attending the University of Nebraska for accounting. After college he started performing magic full-time. He worked the Lyceum circuits in 1928. At the peak of his career, just before and after World War II, Huntington and two assistants toured the country by car. His specialty was escapes from straitjackets while dangling upside down from a rope. He stopped travelling with the show in the 1950's, and went into accounting, but continued to take bookings all over the midwest. Huntington stopped performing professionally in 1961, after suffering a heart attack.[1]

His presentation of the Hydrostatic Glass was mentioned by John Booth in Forging Ahead in Magic (1939).[2][3]

References

  1. Broken Wan, MUM, July 1991
  2. Magician of the Month, MUM, NOVEMBER, 1973
  3. Cover, The Sphinx, August 1940