|Born||Harold Martin Jones|
June 1, 1879
|Died||February 9, 1905 (age 25) |
Martin Chapender (1879-1905) was a polished magician known for his billiard ball manipulations.
In 1902, he was managing an insurance office in Liverpool, when he showed Charles Morritt some of his manipulations with billiard balls and cards. Mr. Morritt was so impressed with his skill and assured of his eventual success that he advised him to take it up magic professionally. T. Nelson Downs wrote in Mahatma, "I consider Mr. Martin Chapender one of the cleverest as well as one of the most original sleight of hand artists now before the public."
Near the end of 1904, when Maskelyne left the Egyptian Hall to take over his "New Home of Mystery" at "St. George's Hall." Mr. Martin Chapender took over the entire management of the Egyptian Hall for the remaining weeks of it's run.
He performed at the Egyptian Hall for the last Christmas season before the building was torn down. Just two weeks after performing at the Hall and before he was to have been married, he died at an early age from menigitis after an operation for abscess of the brain.
After Chapender's death the Magic Circle's chief founder Neil Weaver originally was going to call it the Martin Chapender Society in his friend's honor, but, this was not supported. Louis Nikola suggested the name Magic Circle pointing out that it had the same initials as Martin Chapender.
Contributions to Magic
- ↑ Cover, Mahatma, Vol. 6, No. 1, July 1902, Martin Chapender, by T. Nelson Downs
- ↑ The Sphinx, Vol. 4, No. 1, March 1905, Obituary, page 2
- ↑ The Magic Circular, Vol. 36, No. 405, February 1942, Picture, page 85, Great Magicians I Have Known - (3) Martin Chapender, by Neil Weaver, page 86
- ↑ Stanyon's Magic, Vol. 5, No. 6, March 1905, Obituary, page 42
- ↑ Cover, Mahatma, Vol. 8, No. 9, March 19, Martin Chapender died, page 100
- The Magic Circular, Vol. 77, No. 841, December 1983, A Rich Cabinet, by Edwin A. Dawes, 99. Martin Chapender – The Phenomenal Prestidigitateur, page 288
- The Magic Circular, Vol. 78, No. 842, January 1984, A Rich Cabinet, by Edwin A. Dawes, 100. Martin Chapender – A Bright Star Extinguished and The Magic Circle Born, page 4
- The Linking Ring, Vol. 92, No. 2, February 2012, Pictures from the Past, page 20, Answer to Pictures from the Past – from page 20, page 108