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Keith Clark

Keith Clark

(Alsace-Lorraine, Germany: 26th April 1908 - 20th April 1979)

Stage name since 1926 of Pierre Feyss, of French parentage. Moved to Nice, France, after WW I. Pro since 1926. Aka "Pierre Cartier" (in 1938 and 1972), "Pier Cartier", and "Kepi Clarque" (after 1930s).

Pet effects: cigarette manipulation and the Inertia Trick (eggs in glasses). Played London, USA (1932-35), Australia (1935), and USA (1936-1950s). Returned to France in the 1950s.

Authored the classic Encyclopedia of Cigarette Tricks (1937, 308pp, ghosted by J. Hugard; 2nd ed rev 1952, 318pp) with French translation by Sardina (1958, 381pp); Keith Clark's Rope Royale (1942, 14pp, by John Braun); Celebrated Cigarettes (1943, 21pp); and Silks Supreme (1943, 18pp).

Charter member of the Club Magique de Paris (IBM Ring 191) 1969. Played Portugal in 1972 (as "Pierre Cartier"). A suicide. NOTE: He sometimes falsely claimed for patriotic reasons to have been born in Nancy, France.

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Rope Royale by Keith Clark

Keith Clark's Rope Royale is a beautiful bit of magic performed with the simplest of properties - a piece of soft rope and a pair of scissors. These props can be carried in the pocket, yet when the feat is performed by a true magician, it ranks in entertainment value with a stage illusion.

Paul Fleming wrote:

This is one of three pamphlets which explain, with painstaking care, the silk handkerchief, cigarette, and rope "routines" for which Keith Clark is so well and favorably known in the vaudeville and night-club fields. We have already reviewed with enthusiasm (in Reviews Nos.9 and 31, respectively)...

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Silks Supreme by Keith Clark

The routine was met with favor all around the world (England, France, Norway, Sweden, and the United States) before all types of audiences and under all conditions. Mr. Clark presented it with great success during his engagements at New York City's famous Rainbow Room and Loew's State Theater on Times Square.

Paul Fleming wrote:

Forty years ago, in 1902, Hamley Brothers of London published Stillwell's Handkerchief Manipulation Act, which purported to explain a vaudeville act with which George Stillwell was then creating something of a sensation in English music halls. Silks Supreme, which is the subject...

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Celebrated Cigarettes by Keith Clark

This is a detailed description of Keith Clark's 'Phoenix plot' routine, where a cigarette gets destroyed but somehow is recreated - as it were it rises like Phoenix from its ashes.

Paul Fleming wrote:

Celebrated Cigarettes, by Keith Clark, is similar to Silks Supreme and Rope Royale (which were the work of the same author and the same publisher) in that it is edited by John Braun, illustrated by Nelson Hahne, and neatly printed by the offset process and bound in a decorative cover of soft boards. It is an eighteen-page booklet, with twelve pages of text and six of excellent drawings.

Like Mr. Clark's books on silk handkerchief...

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Keith Clark
Encyclopedia of Cigarette Tricks by Keith Clark

This is truly an encyclopedic work including sleight of hand manipulation with cigarettes as well as all gimmicks, all explained with more than 300 photos. Pretty much everything that is to know about this subject is included in this ebook. Produce lit cigarettes endlessly, crush a burning cigarette in your hand and have it vanish and a lot more.

Paul Fleming wrote:

This comprehensive work on the technique of cigarette manipulation first made its appearance in 1937, and fairly promptly went out of print. Despite this indication of a good demand for the book, it was not reprinted until 1952, and then...

2016 / 2 / 14
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