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S. S. Henry
BornSheldon Spahr Henry
September 13, 1891
Jamestown, Ohio
DiedAugust 18, 1947 (age 55)
Houston, Texas

S. S. Henry (1891-1947) was an artist and magician.


Born in Jamestown, Ohio, Henry attended art schools. He made rag and smoke pictures, sand paintings and chalk cartoons and also became a magician. By 1907 Henry was performing professionally on the Chautauqua and Lyceum circuits with his art and magic.

In the 1930s he, his wife Lucille and several assistants toured with a two-hour evening show. His "Vanishing Goat" illusion was a favorite of his. A goat was hustled into a slatted cage, the cage was hoisted into the air, and in a burst of smoke, it fell apart to show that the goat was gone. Henry's act was describe in Holden's Programmes of Famous Magicians.

Henry and his wife moved to Houston, Texas and lived there until his death.[1],[2][3][4]


  1. The Sphinx, Vol. 31, No. 10, December 1932, Who's Who in Magic, page 407
  2. Tops Magazine, Vol. 12, No. 9, September 1947, S. S. Henry Passes, page 25
  3. Magicol No. 92 (August 1989)
  4. Magicol No. 152 (August 2004), page 6
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 9, No. 10, December 1929, A Review of the S. S. Henry Show, by “Dom”, page 1046
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 11, No. 2, April 1931, Maker of Magic for Magicians, page 18
  • Cover, The Linking Ring, Vol. 12, No. 2, April 1932, Sheldon S. Henry, by W. W. Durbin, page 104
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 27, No. 7, September 1947, Sheldon S. Henry Dies, page 48
  • The Sphinx, Vol. 46, No. 7, September 1947, S. S. Henry Dies, page 222
  • The Bat, No. 46, October 1947, Sheldon S. Henry Dies, page 316
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 86, No. 1, January 2006, Rebo’s Vanishing Car or S.S. Henry’s Vanishing Goat, by Bev Bergeron, page 64
  • Bio-bibliographisches Lexikon der Zauberkünstler Edition Volker Huber, April 2002, Henry, Sheldon Spahr USA Zauberkünstler (13.09.1891 Jamestown, Ohio; †18.08.1947), page 154