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George Staples

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George Staples
BornGeorge Chipman Staples
December 24, 1889
DiedOctober 2, 1951 (age 61)
Manhattan, Kansas
Resting placeSt. Joseph Memorial Park, Mo.

George Staples (c.1890-1951) was a magician and entertainer in the Kansas, Missouri,Iowa, and Illinois area.


A graduate of the Chicago Art Institute[1], Staples started in Lyceum about 1915 and did Chalk Talk, Rag Pictures, Ventriloquist, Illusions, and a Monkey Act. He even trained one monkey just to open the curtains[2] He set a record when he toured 13 consecutive summers on the Chautauqua Circuits of Topeka, Kansas.

In his later years he worked in the school assembly field. [3]

Staples collapsed and died while doing a show at the Manhattan (Kansas) Junior High School. He had gone through about 15 minutes of his act when he was stricken with a heart attack.[4]

His publicity photo can be seen at the Conjuring Arts exhibit "The Many Faces of Magic."[5]


  1. Tops, May 1945, page 11
  2. Tops, September 1936, page 4
  3. Tops, November 1951, page 27
  4. Broken Wand, Linking Ring, November 1951