We went out to dinner after the movie last week and ran into our good friend Corrie at Peking Wok. I have always been fascinated with magic and sleight of hand and Corrie's grandfather Clarke "The Senator" Crandall, was one of the legendary magicians at the Magic Castle. He was a comedian, authored a couple books and magazines and made a tremendous contribution to the craft.
“Senator” Clarke Crandall (1906-1975) was an American comedy magician and magic dealer. He developed funny routines for such effects as the Card Duck and the Cups and Balls. He wrote a column for The New Tops called “It’s A Mystery To Me.” Abbott’s Get-Together presents the “Senator Crandall Award” for Comedy excellence each year. He appeared in Abbott’s Get-Together in 1955, 1956, 1957, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, and 1972.And a good story here.