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Cleve Haubold

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Cleve Haubold
BornCleve Ernst Haubold
circa 1930
DiedJuly 6, 1996 (age 65)

Cleve Haubold (born 1930) was a playwright, actor, director, magician (as Van Cleve,), and earned a Ph.D in playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin.[1]


From 1972 until 1976, Dr. Haubold was the director of the theatre department at Eastfield College in Mesquite, Texas, during which time he produced student productions of some of his plays, including The Big Black Box and the unpublished The Failure/Success of Bodger Fern. His one act play, The Big Black Box has become well known and often performed in Interscholastic League theatre competitions.

In 1958-1959, during the 14th theatre season (When it became the Department of Theatre Arts) at the Texas Christian University, Dr. Haubold directed The Little Hut by Andre Roussin.

Cleve invented the Gag-Bag, wrote a number of booklets and articles in various magic magazines, and won five TAOM trophies.

His "Elwood Rabit Rites" column appeared monthly for over fifteen years in the Linking Ring.

He was the first magician to perform at the first Renaissance Festival in California. A magical lecturer, he played the Magic Castle, and Senator Crandall said of his that he was "...the best and least understood" act ever to have performed there.[2]


  1. Obit, Linking Ring, September 1992
  2. Linking Ring, January, 1996
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