Horace Marshall, the son of vaudeville performers, began his career in magic in 1923 as a performing partner of John Frye—a local Akron magician working the Chataguaga Circuit. Using many of his own creations in the act, Horace soon discovered that other magicians wanted to purchase his effects . The demand for his magical creations became so great that it interfered with his performance of magic. In 1926, Horace decided to devote full-time to the creation and manufacture of magical apparatus—thus H. Marshall and Company was born.
With his marriage to Marie Jones in 1931, a line of feather flowers was created. Additional apparatus was made available through German importation. However, with the advent of World War II, European imports were no longer obtainable. To fill this void, Marshall’s expanded its woodworking, metal fabrication and silk production. Further expansion of the Marshall line occurred when Horace bought the rights to the effects of Rudy Schlosser, a renowned manufacturer of floral effects.
When Harry Blackstone commissioned Marshall’s to create the entire opening of the “Great Blackstone show”, “The Floral Garden”, Marshall’s supplied the complete flower act, including all of the silks used in this dazzling “Show of Shows!” As magicians saw the Blackstone show, orders began to flood in for floral, silk and many other effects. Orders continue to be placed by Marshall customers, both new and old, despite the fact that little, it any, advertising is ever seen for Marshall’s. The reason—the exclusive Marshall line has never been mass produced and it never will be. The Marshall line of magic is often imitated, but never equaled. Each effect is painstakingly hand-crafted from the best materials money can buy to insure that “MARSHALL STANDS FOR QUALITY”— quality has never sacrificed for quantity and never will.
After Horace Marshall passed away on February 24, 1976, Marie Marshall decided to continue the business. The arduous task of recreating the effects of Horace Marshall began. Relying upon memory and a few working drawings, Horace Marshall’s effects were slowly reconstructed—many of which had been unavailable to magicians for many years. On May 6, 1988, Marie Marshall passed away. Today, Dr. Charles L. Bronstrup II carries on the world famous name and tradition of quality of Marshall’s.