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Hal Haviland

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Hal Haviland


Hal Haviland (fl. 1930s-1980s), who also performed as Al Avalon, was known for an act done solely with paper called, "Capers with Papers."


Began as an assistant to Great Raymond and John Calvert. As a member of the Magician's Guild of America, he replaced Raymond (who was sick) in the Broadway show Mystery Time in 1945.

Haviland was also one of the many magicians that toured with the United Services Organization to support members of the American Armed Forces during World War II.

He appeared on the You Asked For It television show in the 1950s but by the end of the 1950s he had switched to working in the circus with an animal act and as a clown.[1][2][3]

In the late 1960s, he was reported in New York attending the New York Roundtable.[4]

In the 1970s there were Linking Ring (June 1972) ads from a Hal Haviland living in Capital Heights, Maryland selling Punch Figures.

He appeared on the cover of "The Circus Report" for October 26, 1981 and lectured at the The San Antonio Texas Ring No 18, which was reported in then October 1983 issue of the Linking Ring.


  1. MUM, October 1959
  4. MUM,January 1969