from Max Howard
Everhart passed away
Saturday, July 31, 2004, at 6:30 PM CDT, the inimitable
Frank Everhart passed away.
Everhart was a funny man. He went to the famous Ivanhoe
Restaurant in Chicago in 1953 to work behind the bar
for one night and stayed for 21 years! A star performer
in a Golden Age of Chicago Magic, Frank's contemporaries
included Jay Marshall, John Shirley, Johnny Platt, Matt
Schulien, Johnny Paul, Heba Haba Al, Jack Pyle, Clarke
Crandall, Jimmy Ryan and Tom Palmer. Johnny Platt used
to say that you could teach Frank Everhart any trick
and pretty soon he had come back and teach you how to
make it funny. When asked to describe Everhart as a
performer, Jay Marshall simply said, "You wouldn't
want to follow him."
September 10, 1921, Frank had been in failing health
for a long while. He is survived by his wife, Lee, and
son, Frank, Jr. Lee Everhart can be reached at 428 Dry
Street, East Alton, Illinois 62024.
was profiled in the September, 2001, issue of MAGIC
Magazine, a surprise for his 80th birthday.
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