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Dr. Cecil E. Nixon

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For the magic inventor, builder, writer, and performer who started out in vaudeville in the 1890s, see Doc Nixon (1884-1945).
Dr. Cecil E. Nixon
BornCecil Evelyn Nixon
September 18, 1874
St. Thomas Island in the West Indies
DiedFebruary 27, 1962 (age 87)

Dr. Cecil E. Nixon (1874-1962), a dentist by profession, was a builder of automatons in San Fransisco.


Nixon came to United States as a child and his father died when he was 19. He went to work as an apprentice in the drafting room of the Pacific Rolling Mills and Shipyards. At an early age showed ability of mechanical construction.

Automaton he created include "Isis", "Galatea," and "Pythophone."[1]

He filled his San Francisco mansion, "The House of a Thousand Mysteries," with collectibles and shut out the outside world. During the heyday of his life in the 1920s dignitaries including Harry Houdini, would visit to see his mechanical wonders.


  • Isis & Beyond: The Biography of Cecil E. Nixon by Doran Wittelsbach


  1. By Thompson, Jr., J.G.. "My Best", 1945, p. 371