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 Harry August Jansen

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Harry August Jansen

  • Birth 3 Oct 1883 Copenhagen, Kobenhavns Kommune, Hovedstaden, Denmark
  • Death 16 Jun 1955 Northridge, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
  • Memorial ID 14262516

Magician, Entertainer. Born in Denmark, Jansen came to the United States to pursue a career as a magician. In 1922, Jansen was hired by Howard Thurston, who, at this time, was the premier magician. It would be Thurston who came up with Jansen's world famous stage name, Dante the Magician. After Thurston's death in 1936, Jansen would inherit the title as the world's premier magician, which he held until his death. Over the rest of his life, Jansen, as Dante, would make several world tours and make a couple movie appearances, which included Laurel and Hardy's "A-Haunting We Will Go" (1942) and "Bunco Squad" (1953), both times playing himself. After his death in 1955, his ashes were originally kept in Southern, California until 2004, when the Dante Memorial Fund raised enough money to have his and his wife's ashes moved and intered at the San Francisco Columbarium.

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  • Originally Created by: G.Photographer
  • Added: 11 May 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 14262516
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Harry August Jansen (3 Oct 1883–16 Jun 1955), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14262516, citing San Francisco Columbarium, San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .