|Born||Patrick Henry Cannon|
December 16, 1837
|Died||December 24, 1922 (age 85) |
Henry Hatton (1837-1922), born in New York as Patrick Henry Cannon, was inspired after seeing magicians such as John Henry Anderson. He took the stage name in 1867 and wrote the "Lessons in Magic" series (as Cannon) which ran from 1865 to 1867 in "Our Young Folks".
In 1873, Hatton introduced the Indian Box Mystery in New York about the same time that Dr. Lynn sold it to P. T. Barnum for an alleged $25,000 (whom billed it for several years as the $25,000 Box Trick).
Hatton was one of the founding member of SAM (No. 21), Vice President in 1902 and later President of the organization from 1912 - 1914.
He drew the wrath of many fellow magicians for exposure by permitting sections of Magicians' Tricks to be reprinted in magazine for boys, "St. Nicholas".
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- Magic: A Pictorial History of Conjurers in the Theater By David Price (1985)
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