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Frederick Eugene Powell

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Frederick Eugene Powell
BornMarch 1, 1856
Chester, Pennsylvania
DiedFebruary 27, 1938 (age 81)
New Haven, Connecticut
Resting placeChester Rural Cemetery, Pennsylvania

Frederick Eugene Powell (1856 - 1938) started performing in 1874 after first obtaining a degree in civil engineering.


He performed with Imro Fox and Servais LeRoy as part of the billing called the "Triple Alliance". He went on to create his own illusion show touring the United States, South America, and the West Indies.

Powell's entire stage show was destroyed twice, once 1915 by a fire and again in 1921 by a flood in San Antonio. Powell continued to perform. His last public performance was in November, 1934. Powell retired to New Haven, Connecticut.

In 1922, Powell headed one of the four touring companies for "The Houdini Wonder Show of 1922", which was presented in connection with Houdini's film "The Man From Beyond".[1]

He was Deans of The Society of American Magicians from 1922 to 1938.

Powell lived with the John Petrie during his last years who filmed some 16mm movies including studies Powell (a copy of the film is now part of the S.A.M. Film Library.)[2][3][4][5]


  1. Houdini!!! The Career of Ehrich Weiss by Kenneth Silverman (1996)
  2. Cover, The Linking Ring, Vol. 3, No. 6, December 1925, F. E. POWELL, page 86
  3. Obit Genii 1938 March
  4. Photo Genii 1951 March
  5. Frederick Eugene Powell - The Man and his Magic written by Thomas A. Ewing (1987)