Message from Max Howard

Frank Everhart passed away

Yesterday, Saturday, July 31, 2004, at 6:30 PM CDT, the inimitable Frank Everhart passed away.

Frank 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."

Born 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.

Frank was profiled in the September, 2001, issue of MAGIC Magazine, a surprise for his 80th birthday.

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