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Malcom Lippincott

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Malcom Lippincott
BornMalcom B. Lippincott
December 5, 1895
Henrietta, Texas

Mal Lippincott (1895-?) was a vaudeville magician who started performing professionally in 1915.


He started as a Side Show magician for a circus.

Later in 1916, he had a fling with the movies playing lead parts in slapstick comedies and sometimes lead parts in dramatic films.

During World War I, Lippincott served as a Sergeant, and near the end of hostilities he was transferred into the Army Entertaining Circuit.[1]

He began touring his own magic act in 1919.[2]

In 1922, he added mind-reading act with assistant (wife) Maxine. Lippincott mainly did private society shows from 1923 until the Great Depression years of the 1930s when he then started to play mainly schools, theaters, and fairs.[3]

The April 1953 Tops reported that "Lippincott, veteran tent show and free act worker, also down in the "chittlin' and grits" circuit."

He was an early member of the I. B. M. as number 855.

Lippincott Box

In the 1940s, his utility device for vanishing small objects was marketed by the Max Holden Magic Shop as "Quarter Go". It is now more commonly known as the Lippincott Box.[4]


Name also spelled "Malcolm" in reports from various magazines.


  1. Cover + "Malcom Lippincott - Magical Entertainer" By Francine Bailey and Bill Dodson in Linking Ring, September 1949
  2. Who's Who in Magic Bart Whaley
  4. Malcom Lippincott - Magical Entertainer By Francine Bailey and Bill Dodson, Linking Ring, September 1949