The Great Maurice
|The Great Maurice|
|Born||C. S. Maurice|
|Died||April 17, 1958 (age 70) |
Billed as a "French Card Magician", The Great Maurice used a heavy French accented broken English for full comedic style ("Take zee card." "Eet ese zee ass of diamonds, yes?") he was sometimes called the "Fun-Making-Magician."
In 1913, Maurice played coast to coast from New York to San Francisco both in vaudeville and at society dates.
In 1920, the Great Maurice made a tour of London, then ended up in South Africa where he played for two years before making his way back to the United States.  When he arrived in New York in 1922. A member of The Magicians' Club of London, England, he performed at the NCA Twelfth Annual Convention in 1922.
His publicity stories indicated that his hands were insured for $100,000.
His act from 1936 in New York was described in Holden's Programmes of Famous Magicians. The last noted appearance in the United States was on Broadway's nightlife circuit appearing at the Hotel Warwick in 1940.
Other magicians that performed as "The Great Maurice":
- Maurice Kaynen from Pittsburgh and then Miami, Florida in the 1940s.
- Murray Kesh who performed in the 1960s.
- Maurice Mackall who also performed in the 1960s.