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Today in Masonic history Arthur “Harpo” Marx passes away in 1964.

Arthur “Harpo” Marx was an American comedian, film star, mime artist and musician.

Marx was born on November 23rd, 1888 in New York City, New York.

Harpo Marx as he was most commonly known was born Adolph Marx. Sometime around 1911 he changed his name to Arthur for no other reason then he disliked the name Adolph. There were theories that he changed his name during World War I or World War II due to anti-German sentiment in the United States. These theories have been proven false.

Harpo appeared in many films with his brothers who billed themselves as the Marx Brothers. The comedy team made several movies whose plots included situation and physical comedy. Harpo himself never spoke in any of the films. Instead he used his skill with props and pantomime to communicate with the other characters on screen. Most notably he used a horn or a cane that was actually a lead pipe and a horn squeeze ball on one end.

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