Monday, October 28, 2019

Hotel Oregon History Pub

Carter the Great: His World-Renowned Magic Career & Accidental Revival

Hotel Oregon - Mattie's Room

5:30 pm doors, 6:30 pm program

Free. First come, first served. Arrive early!

All ages welcome

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Qualifies for “Attend a McMenamins History-Sponsored Event” Experience Stamp.

Why not stay the night? Receive 15% off your hotel room that evening using the code HISTORY2019 or mention it when you call the hotel.

About Carter the Great: His World-Renowned Magic Career & Accidental Revival

Carter the Great: His World-Renowned Magic Career & Accidental Revival

Presented by Cedric Clute

Ever been curious about the huge, awe-inspiring Carter the Great poster that hangs in the Hotel Oregon Paragon Room? What’s the story there? Well, it’s one of tricks and mystery, smoke and mirrors, illusion and disillusion, because Carter was a world-renown magician. Join us for the legendary tale of one of vaudeville’s greatest talents, as told by the delightful, longtime curator of Carter the Great’s magical menagerie.

About the Speaker:

Cedric Clute was born in 1931, and raised in Marin County, California. He spent the first half of his life in San Francisco, where he worked with the Turk Murphy Jazz Band and managed the night club, ‘Earthquake Mc’Goons’.

In 1964, Cedric and his brother Peter, along with Turk Murphy, embarked on a venture to make some money importing vintage cars. Things didn’t work out as expected. The cars that were stored in an old San Francisco warehouse had to be moved, and one of the cars slipped off a rack and went through a wall. Behind the wall they discovered the entire collection of the magician, Carter the Great---thirty tons of magic, which they immediately purchased and turned into San Francisco’s first club devoted to magicians and magic.

Cedric spent 15 years managing and expanding the Magic Cellar. Then in 1979, he and his wife Jan moved to Volcano, California (pop. 100) in the Sierra foothills, and with the help of many friends, and the passing of many years, they managed to build their house.

He is the retired curator of the Amador County Museum, and for the past 35 years has written and narrated more than 500 “Tales of the Mother Lode” as well as “Tales of Magic and Magicians” on both KUOP Radio, Stockton and KVGC Radio, Jackson.

About Hotel Oregon History Pub

Hotel Oregon History Pub

These monthly, free events are open to everyone interested in Oregon and Pacific Northwest history. Co-sponsored by like-minded historical and civic organizations, we bring you experts, scholars, first-person experiencers and historians who expound on topics from Lewis and Clark to shipwrecks, hop growing to women pioneers and far, far beyond. It's like being back in the classroom - except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.

This event is eligible for a History Pub Stamp