Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Ira Davenport

Ira Erastus Davenport was one half of the Davenport Brothers. His brother William Henry being the other brother. In the mid 1800s they presented a Spirit Cabinet effect to great acclaim during the rise of Spiritualism. They performed it in the States and in Europe and South America. 

William Henry died in Australia and his brother essentially gave up the act at that point. He returned to Mayville NY, not far from the Spiritualism capital of Lily Dale. 

In later life he befriended Houdini and shared with him his technique that was used to produce the various spirit phenomenon. The brothers never claimed to have supernatural powers, nor did they claim they were fakes. They left that up to the audience to decide.

He died in 1911. Ira is bored in the Mayville Cemetery, in Mayville NY. plot 0132 B2


Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Chevalier Ernest Thorn's Grave


Chevalier Ernest Thorn was one of the greatest illusion designer/creators of the 19/20th Century, but he is sadly mostly forgotten today. I have a blog article on his illusions that you can find here: as well as a podcast episode on his life, which you can find here:

He died May 21st, 1928 and is buried in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Leipzig Germany.

Friday, July 23, 2021

Tony Slydini's Grave


Tony Slydini hardly needs an introduction. He was one of the greatest close-up/sleight of hand men of the 20th Century. What made him stand out among all the others is that he invented all his own moves. And according to his only officially authorized protege, Bill Wisch, Tony truly loved magic. His real name was Quintino Marucci born Sept 1st 1900 in Italy, died January 15th, 1991. 

The Magic Detective Podcast Ep 45 covers Slydini.

The location of the grave was known to precious few. In fact, I've been trying to find out where it was for over a year. But thankfully, Bill Wisch has decided to reveal the location to all. We are forever grateful for revealing the location of Slydini's grave. Bill filmed a short video that you might enjoy...see below...

If you would like to pay your respects to Slydini in person, his final resting place is located at:

Hollywood Memorial Park and Cemetery
1500 Stuyvesant Ave. Union, NJ 07083
Mausoleum of the Good Shepherd
D Chapel-Unit B-Row 3