Soapy Smith's Annual Wake and Party
Soapy Smith was the king of the frontier con men and the
first american gangster. His exploits were so outrageous
that wakes are held every year around the country on the
anniversary of the night he was shot to death by an angry
vigilante mob in 1898.
One of these wakes is held at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood CA. It
has grown to become the party event of the year, attracting magicians and gambling
presenters from around the country. Proceeds from this event benefit the Dai Vernon
fund for magicians in financial distress.
This is one of The Grifter's favorite events every year. In 2008, he won the Silver
Shells Award for being the most successful gambling presenter and raising the most
money for the fund. Below are pictures and video from the wake at the Magic
Castle. In the video you can see him about one minute in.
The Grifter with his good friend actress Holly Beavon.
Try your luck at a game of Chuck-A-Luck?
The grifter with two of Soapy's actual grave markers.
Picture with Jeff Smith (Great Grandson of Soapy Smith) and Jefferson Randolph
Smith (Great, Great Grandson of Soapy).