- R. Douglas Whitman
Thurston, Howard (20 July 1869–13 April 1936), magician, was born Howard Franklin Thurston in Columbus, Ohio, the son of William H. Thurston, a carriage maker, and Margaret Claude. He was first enthralled at the age of seven by Herrmann the Great when he saw him perform in Columbus. Shortly thereafter, as a result of the depression of 1873, Thurston dropped out of school to earn money in a variety of jobs to help support his family. At the age of thirteen he hopped a freight car, became a hobo, and spent several years working concession sales at race tracks. He returned home at the age of sixteen. A year later he was arrested when he tried to steal a nickel from a train conductor because he did not have the fare. He was interviewed by relatives of a prison reformer, ...