Thursday, February 27, 2020
The first comedy magician, by all accounts, was Imro Fox. He performed with Servais LeRoy and Frederick Eugene Powell in the Triple Alliance. He was likely the template for Servais LeRoy's character of BOSCO in the Monarchs of Magic. In fact, Fox used to do a trick with a duck and a chicken and he'd remove their heads and switch them on the two animals. Later, Servais LeRoy added this effect to his show.
Isadore IMRO Fox is buried in the Oheb Shalom Cemetery in 1321 North Broad St. Hillside NJ. He is buried in Lot 1001, Block 59, Grave #3. His wife Pauline is also buried there in Grave #2
You can learn more about Imro Fox on my podcast http://magicdetectivepodcast.com/e/ep-43-imro-fox-the-comic-genuis/
Special Note: On FindAGrave.com he is listed in both Oheb Shalom Cemetery and then in another listing being in Evergreen Cemetery. These two cemeteries are right next to each other, but they are separate. He is NOT in Evergreen. I'm going to try and get that listing removed.
Sunday, December 22, 2019
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.
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.