Considered The Dean of Magicians, he performed extensively on five different continents.
At age ten, an experiment with chemicals at his work resulted in an explosion that ripped open the floor, causing him to beat a fast retreat.
One of his most famous and most replicated tricks was called The Levitation of Princess Karnac.
He met his future wife, Eva Lydia Medley, when she came backstage to request an autograph.
He was the inspiration of Harry Houdini.