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Howard Thurston

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Howard Thurston

1869 - 1936

Often called “The World’s Greatest Magician,” Howard Thurston fooled kings and commons and became their friend.

Born in Columbus in 1869, Thurston’s interest in magic was stirred while attending a performance by Hermann the Great at the Ohio Theatre. Reportedly the famed magician walked through the audience and produced a large brass button from under Thurston’s chin. From that moment on, Thurston was enchanted by the ancient art.

He traveled the world performing great magical feats to the delight of thousands. But be never forgot the people in his native city, returning annually for twenty-nine years to entertain his friends in Columbus.