Imro Fox

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Imro Fox
BornMay 21, 1862
Bromberg, Germany
DiedMarch 4, 1910 (age 47)
Utica, New York

Imro Fox (May 21, 1862 - March 4, 1910), born Isidore Fuchs in Bromberg, Germany, was a highly-skilled sleight of hand artist. He was a staple of the turn of the century American tradition known as Chatauqua.

Fox introduced the single performer 'comedy magic' act in vaudeville which eventually spawned, among others, Carl Ballantine. One of his stock lines was "I have no hair to deceive you with."

From 1898 to 1900 he toured with Servais Le Roy and Frederick Eugene Powell as "The Great Triple Alliance".

Fox was one of the "Saturday Nighters" that met at Martinka's and would showed up whenever he was working in New York.

His member number in the Society of American Magicians was 66 and would have been numbered as one of the founders had he been in New York City at the time of the first meeting.

Imro Fox passed away on in his hotel in Utica, New York. He had completed his performance and retired to his room for the night. Shortly after, he arose and asked for a doctor, but he passed before medical aid could arrive at 2 a.m. The cause of death was give as acute indigestion. He was buried near his home in Newark, New Jersey, and a dozen members of the Society of American Magicians attended his funeral.

Imro Fox was captured on film back in 1896 performing his Rabbit Trick and Human Hen Trick.[1]

References

  • "Imro Fox, the First Great Comedy Magician" by By Elmer P. Ransom, Sphinx, Vol. 35 1936.
  • Photo Genii 1951 March
  1. IMDB
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