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Cover of Genii (1938)
BornClayton Meryl Hines
October 10, 1904
Elburn, Illinois
DiedFebruary 27, 1987 (age 82)
Huntington Park, Los Angeles County, California

Mardoni (1904-1987), born Clayton M. Hines, performed a two person mentalism act with his wife Louise as "Mardoni And Louise."


He started out as a teacher in Elburn, Illinois then began his performing career in the Chautauqua and Lyceum circuit. He developed a two person mentalism act with his wife Louise and performed as "Mardoni And Louise". They also featured magic and escapes. They toured with the USO during World War II.

Mardoni was an experienced aviator and used his own planes to fly to engagements. His planes were decorated with a magic rabbit and hat specially painted by Harlan Tarbell. Genii did a cover story in June, 1938 and in the July, 1984 issue of the Linking Ring, John Booth devoted five pages of his memoirs to "Mardoni and Louise: The Best Kept Secret in Magic".

Mardoni and Louise never retired and were playing professional dates until late 1986.

They were elected into the SAM Hall of Fame and received the Performing Fellowship from the Academy of Magical Arts.[1][2]


  1. Cover, Genii Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 10, June 1938, Mardoni, page 349
  2. Genii Magazine, Vol. 50, No. 8, February 1987, Obituaries, Mardoni [Clayton M. Hines], page 587
  • Cover, The Sphinx, Vol. 45, No. 4, June 1946, Cover – Mardoni and Louise, page 104
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 64, No. 7, July 1984, Memoirs Of A Magician's Ghost, by John Booth, CHAPTER 185 - Mardoni and Louise: The Best Kept Secret in Magic, page 52
  • Cover, M-U-M, Vol. 76, No. 3, August 1986, Meet Mardoni and Louise, Magician of the Month, by John U. Zweers, page 7
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 67, No. 5, May 1987, Mardoni Dies Suddenly, by John Zachry, page 104