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Harry E. Cecil

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Harry E. Cecil
BornJanuary 12, 1889
Hamillon, Ohio
DiedJuly 13, 1964 (age 75)

Harry E. Cecil (1889 - 1964) billed himself as the "World's Worst Magician".[1]


Cecil worked as a salesman for the American Tobacco Company. In 1917, he joined the U. S. Army and served overseas. While in France, he was assigned to a YMCA Unit to entertain the troops and did so throughout Europe. After the war he joined his sister in Detroit in opening a candy factory, where "Cecil's Chocolates" became one of the most popular candies in the Detroit area.[2]

He was one of the early members of the IBM and served in many capacities. He was secretary, Vice President,, a member of the Executive Committee and for many years Chairman of the Sick and Welfare Committee.

In the first issue of Tops (January 1936), he wrote a column titled "Tops and Bottoms in Magic". For the Linking Ring he wrote columns including "Off the Cuff of Harry Cecil" and "Mussing Up Magic".

Cecil invented the Zipper Banana effect (1932).

IBM Ring No. 22 was named in his honor.

Note: Not related, but was a good friend, to Coke Cecil.



  1. Obit, Linking Ring, August 1964
  2. Harry Cecil - - Pride of Detroit By Ed Wolff, Linking Ring, January 1951