Over the course of eight decades Powell trod the world's stages performing magic before delighted audiences. He was a powerful image in theater history and a major attraction in P.T. Barnum's circus. Audiences were thrilled throughout South and Central America with his conjuring. Powell Assisted Houdini in the promotion of his movie The Man From Beyond. He survived fires, floods, earthquakes, and even the Mexican Revolution. In his later years he was conferred with the conjuring profession's highest honor-Dean of American Magicians-by both the National Conjurors' Association and the esteemed Society of American Magicians. He was a supreme performer, a true gentleman, and one of the most respected and beloved magicians in the world.