Francis Carlyle - "Carlyle"
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A dramatic, original photograph of Carlyle. The photograph is signed 'Cordially, / Carlyle 1939'. Carlyle was a popular magician in the late 1930s and 1940s. Photographer's credit is printed in the bottom-left corner and stamped on the reverse side of the photograph. Photograph is inscribed to Mike Kanter, founder and owner of Kanter’s Magic Shop. Kanter’s Magic Shop, which was located in Philadelphia, PA, was a major supplier of magical equipment and magic catalogs during the 1940s. Photograph measures 8x10 inches in size. Small water damage spot on lower right corner.
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Location Magic Library (Home)
Condition Fine
Owner Bryan-Keith Taylor
Francis Carlyle

Born Boston, Massachusetts 1912
Died 1975
Cause of death Alcoholism
Nationality American
Occupation magician
Known for sleight of Hand, card magic

Francis Carlyle (17 September 1912 - 27 December 1975) was a professional magician who was a regular and popular performer at Hollywood's Magic Castle.[1]

1 History
2 Featured in the following Books
3 See also
4 External links
5 References

HistoryFrancis Carlyle was born Francis Xavier Finneran. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts and lived most of his life in New York, living at one time in Greenwich Village. He was was well known and regarded by his peers, contributing his tricks to several books on magic. He was a regular and popular performer at Hollywood's Magic Castle in their close-up room, specializing in card and coin magic. [2] He also performed at notable clubs such as the Stork Club in New York. Later, at least from 1964 problems with alcohol made it difficult for him to continue professionally performing magic and to be barred from performing at the Magic Castle. [3]

Francis Carlyle was found unconscious in Hollywood and taken to a convalescence home where he later passed away on 27 December 1975.

Featured in the following BooksCard Manipulations N° 5 By Jean Hugard -- Hugard, Jean (1936). Card Manipulations N° 5. Max Holden.

Stars of Magic, Series 4 By George Starke -- Starke, George (1948). Stars of Magic, Series 4. Stars of Magic, Inc..

The Magic of Francis Carlyle By Roger Pierre -- Pierre, Roger (1975). The Magic of Francis Carlyle. Nightmare Alley Productions. ISBN 0686118693.

Card magic
sleight of hand
External linksSee more about Francis Carlyle at MagicPedia, the free online Magic encyclopedia.
References1.^ State of California. California Death Index, 1940-1997. Sacramento, CA, USA: State of California Department of Health Services, Center for Health Statistics.
2.^ "Francis Carlyle".
3.^ "Only Twice".