Karrell Fox at 16

Karrell Fox at age 16



From a 1944 issue of TOPS magazine. KARRELL FOX SERVES MAGIC

Here is a feature story which made fine pub­licity for a young Magician who, when not conjuring, helps his dad run a restaurant in Hillsdale, Mich.; the story was headed, “Young Hillsdale Waiter Bakes Biscuit in Customer’s Pocket”:

“The waiter cracks an egg in a patron’s pocket. He adds some milk and flour, then stirs the mixture with a wand. A moment later he reaches in and pulls out a biscuit.

“Another customer insists on having sugar, although the waiter explains about rationing. The waiter pours some granulated sugar from one of the containers into a bag, waves his wand and tells the customer he ‘can lump it’. Out of the bag roll lumps of sugar.

“Karrell Fox, 16-year-old son of R. I. Fox, Penny Lunch proprietor, may not be a strictly orthodox waiter, but he is one of Hillsdale’s most popular because of his mastery of legerdemain.. A veteran Magician, although just out of high school, Fox can and does stage a 45-minute show that is definitely above the amateur class.

His stepmother, pretty Mrs. Pauline Fox, has her arm cut off and glued back together at every show. She is there to take the bouquets young Karrell pulls out of the air. Then she passes through the audience with a deck of cards from which spectators draw five. A minute later Karrell pro­duces the identical cards on the tips of the fingers of a cardboard hand, as he is shown doing in the accompanying picture.

“From Percy Abbott’s laboratory in Colon, young Fox has purchased a wide variety of Magic, including some of the latest patriotic tricks. For example, he will take paper swastika and rising sun. flags, tear them up, fold the pieces and throws, them in the air. When they come down, they have been transformed into a war bond poster.

“Rubber tires are hard for most people to get these days, but not for Karrell. He mixes up a strange concoction in his Magic bowl and out comes a tire.

“In the year since he moved to Hillsdale from Washington, Fox has presented shows, before the local Kiwanis club and other organizations. One evening he had them’, standing in the sidewalk on Howell street while he entertained a capacity crowd at an informal performance in the Penny Lunch. In Washington, he once gave a performance be­fore 600 soldiers and sailors under USO sponsorship.”