"Senator" Clarke Crandall (1907-1975) was an American comedy magician and magic dealer. He developed funny routines for such effects as the Card Duck and the Cups and Balls.
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|Born||Clarke Caryl Randal|
April 23, 1907
on a farm in Iowa
|Died||June 01, 1975 (age 68) |
Veteran's Hospital in Los Angeles
In 1957, Al Sharpe sold his "Studio of Magic" shop to Crandall, who ran it for two years before closing it.
He was a host at the Magic Castle, introducing the acts and fended off people who were improperly attired (there is a strict dress code). He was the original grumpy old man and his wit and sarcasm were accepted and expected by all. He would do a weekly X-rated show on Saturday nights at midnight.
He wrote a column for The New Tops called "It's A Mystery To Me."
The Abbott's Get-Together presents the "Senator Crandall Award" for comedy excellence each year.
- Now You Can Get The Best of "Senator" Crandall (1969)
- How To Stack Dice for Fun and No Profit (1974)
- Crandall's Comments (1974)
- The New Tops, Vol. 1, No. 6, June 1961, Cover Portrait, page 22
- Genii 1973 September, Vol. 37, No. 9, CLARKE “The Senator” Crandall, A Sketchy Autobiography, page 383
- The New Tops, Vol. 15, No. 4, April 1975, page 43
- Goodlife's Abracadabra, Vol. 60 No. 1536, Saturday, 5th JULY, 1975, obituary, page 23
- The Linking Ring, Vol. 55, No. 8, August 1975, Clarke, The Senator, Crandall Dies, page 92