Howard Thurston

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Full NameHoward Thurston
Date of BirthJuly 20, 1869
Place of BirthColumbus, Ohio, United States
Date of DeathApril 13, 1936
Place of DeathMiami, Florida, United States
Early Life– Born in Columbus, Ohio
– Attended Mount Hermon School for Boys in Northfield, Massachusetts
– Ran away to join the circus as a child, where he met his future partner Harry Kellar
Career– Inspired by Alexander Hermann’s magic show to pursue a career in magic
– Known as “The King of Cards” for his work with playing cards
– Famous for performing the “Levitation of Princess Karnac” illusion
– Continued presenting the Thurston–Kellar Show for about thirty-five years
– Quoted as a subject matter expert in Dale Carnegie’s book “How to Win Friends and Influence People”
Legacy– Entombed at Green Lawn Abbey in Columbus, Ohio
– Thurston’s poster is featured in the TV show “The Magicians”

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