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Ralph Emerson Powell

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Ralph Emerson Powell
BornNovember 12, 1903
Cleveland, Ohio
Diedcirca 1952 (age 49)

Ralph Emerson Powell (1903-c.1952) was a professional magician in Cleveland who started in vaudeville in 1921.


Powell was doing a full evening show by 1925.[1]

He published the trick "Experiment in Psychology-Stung", also known as "Stung and Stung Again trick" (with a note in the directions that it was barred from public use by anyone but himself).

He was a member of IBM, local ring 22 and attended the first I.B.M. conventions

Powell was one of the prime suspects in Cleveland's infamous "Torso Murders," which occurred between 1935 and 1938. Powell's connection with this grisly affair was never determined.

He ended his last years in Cleveland's Newbury Insane Asylum, where he died in solitary confinement.[2]


  1. Who's Who in Magic, Sphinx, October, 1931
  2. Magicol, November 1992