Louis Michael Caldwell
May 18, 1926
Kansas City, Missouri
August 17, 1995 (age 69)
Palm Springs, California
Mike Caldwell (1926-1995) was a professional comedy magician and MC.
He was famous for his "Caldwell Flip" in which he would land flat on his back with a great thump.
He was known for a comedy routine in which he borrowed a young boy's handkerchief, cut a large hole in it and, after some comic by-play and several failed attempts, restored the handkerchief.
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The New Tops, Vol. 7, No. 7, July 1967, Cover Portrait . . . MIKE CALDWELL by Frances Ireland Marshall, page 4
M-U-M, Vol.64, No. 4, September 1974, Mike Caldwell magician-of-the-month by John Zweers, page 7
The Linking Ring, Vol. 63. No. 2, February 1983, OUR COVER Mike Caldwell by Frances Marshall, page 53
Genii Magazine, Vol. 58, No. 11, September 1995, Obituaries, Mike Caldwell by Max Maven, page 858
The Linking Ring, Vol. 75, No. 10, October 1995, Broken Wand, Louis Michael Caldwell, page 139
The Magic Circular, Vol. 89, No. 960, November 1995, Death of Mike Caldwell, page 203
Magie (Magischer Zirkel v. Deutschland), Vol. 76, No. 2, Februar 1996, Mike Caldwell, page 86
Mike Caldwell (magician)
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Mike Caldwell (deceased August 17, 1995) was an accomplished comedy magician.
Much of Caldwell's comedy stemmed from his large size. At more than 400 pounds, Caldwell became famous for being able to do a complete backflip from a standing position, and he featured this stunt in a series of television commercials for many advertisers throughout the 1960s and 1970s.
Caldwell was a contemporary of Harry Blackstone Jr., Jay Marshall, Karrell Fox, Howard Flint, Lance Burton, David Copperfield, Doug Henning, and David Mark. Caldwell was a staple at the famous Abbott's Magic Get-Togethers, usually in the company of Blackstone, Flint, Fox, and Mark. He was known for a comedy routine in which he borrowed a young boy's handkerchief, cut a large hole in it and, after some comic by-play and several failed attempts, restored the handkerchief.
One afternoon at home with visiting magician and friend David Mark, during the course of a conversation about effects associated with specific performers, Caldwell realized for the first time he had done the flip for well over 50 years with a long pair of sharp scissors for the handkerchief routine in his inside pocket! After realizing he could have speared himself many times over the years, Caldwell never again performed the flip.