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Larry Crane

American Vaudeville Magician

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Larry Crane

Larry Crane's Diamond Pin

  • 1878-1950
  • Real Name: Lawrence Crane
  • Birthday: ?
  • Birthplace: Ireland
  • Buried: ?

Larry Crane was an American vaudville headlining magician. Usually billed as "The Irish Wizard", Crane's specialty was sleight-of-hand manipulations.

Crane's father, the magician known as "The Great Crane", brought the family from Ireland to the United States in 1885. Joining his father's act at age six, Larry learned from him the magical skills needed to launch a vaudeville career. Larry learned the business side of magic while working for Alexander Herrmann in 1892, and for the Maskelynes in England in 1893.

In 1895, with the contacts he had made, he launched his own show business career, playing the London's Palace Theatre for five weeks, billed as "The Boy Magician".

Starting in the mid-1890's, Crane worked the vaudeville circuits in the United States and Europe, becoming a headliner by 1900. A few early programs show his bill as "The Irish Adonis".

Larry Crane had a long and successful vaudeville and nightclub career, finally retiring during the WWII era.

He was married to female magician Grace Andrews.

The horsehoe-shaped stickpin seen in the photo is now in the Monticup collection.


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