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Arthur "Harpo" Marx is born

Today in Masonic history Arthur "Harpo" Marx was born in 1888.

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

Harpo Marx as he was most commonly known as 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 during World War I or World War II due to anti-German sentiment in the United States at the time. 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 would never speak in any of the films. Instead he would use his skill with props and pantomime to communicate with the other characters on screen. Most notably he would use a horn or a cane that was actually a lead pipe and a horn squeeze ball on one end.

Harpo also became famous for his signature trench coat which seemed to contain everything in the universe. He would pull from his coat just the right things to add to the scene. For example, once in a scene with his brother Groucho, Harpo was informed that you can't burn the candle at both ends. Harpo's reply was to pull a candle form his coat with a flame at both ends.

Harpo was also an accomplished musician and would play the harp in every one of his movies.