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Frank Herrmann Keller

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Frank Herrmann Keller

Cover of Sphinx (December 1904)
BornOctober 7, 1883
Pullman, Illinois

Frank Herrmann Keller(1883-?) was a successful semi-professional magician in the Detroit area in the early 1900s.


He took up the practice of magic in 1902, and by the the spring of 1903 he was on the road with his own magical show, playing through the state of Michigan, and the provinces of Ontario and Quebec in Canada. In 1904 in performed for eight consecutive weeks in Cuba.

Keller was the inventor of the "Mystic Fountain" in which trick a glass tumbler is filled with water and stood on a plate then a stream of water rises from the glass almost fifteen feet into the air. He also originated of a silent thought-transmission act and an illusion called "Ila" where he would vanish while standing on a bare stage enveloped in a flag.

He served as secretary and treasurer of the Society of Detroit Magicians and a member of the S. A. M.[1]

He married the actress May Haviland in Detroit on June 15, 1904, after a courtship of 48 hour, and they developed a second sight act. She was also featured in his Substitution Trunk illusion.[2]

In 1913 he was engaged in commercial work in Cokedale, Colorado.[3][4]


  1. Cover, Sphinx, December, 1904
  2. Mahatman, July 1905
  3. Cover, Sphinx, May, 1906
  4. Cover, Sphinx, May 1913