Sunday, December 22, 2019

Eugene Laurant's Grave

Eugene Laurant, who was born Eugene Lawrence Greenleaf, has his ashes in  a crypt in the mausoleum  at Rosehill Cemetery, in Chicago. He was interred May 1st, 1944, though he passed away in Feb 19th, 1944. His service was conducted by magician turned clergyman John Booth.

He was born August 19, 1875 and died Feb 19th, 1944.

Carnegie The Magic Detective On The Radio

A couple weeks ago John Michael Marty of WSMI Radio out of Illinois interviewed me for his radio show. John and I were introduced through our mutual friend Steve Baker, known professionally as Mr. Escape. John contacted me about doing an interview where we would talk about Steve, and magic history, Houdini and my own professional performing career. We were supposed to do a 20 minute spot, but I think we ran around 45 minutes (including commercials). It was a fun interview and I thought you might like to listen to it.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Minerva Queen of Handcuffs

Minerva Queen of Handcuffs, also Queen of Mystery, was born Margaretha Snelling on Dec 18 1878 in Germany. Her career as an escape artist ran from 1904-1913. The retired from the stage after marrying illusion builder Guy Jarrett.

She is buried in Mission City Memorial Park, Santa Clara, CA, Plot Section K-3, No 26. She is buried with her fourth husband, George Backus. Sadly, though there is a spot on the grave marker for her name, Minerva's name does not appear on the gravestone at all.

For more information on Minerva, check out my podcast #26 on