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Jay Marshall

Jay Marshall

Brief Biography

Born 1919. One of the most revered magicians ever. A highly successful professional performer worked in every conceivable type of theatrical trend and venue during a long career. A lifelong collector of magic and Ephemera, and co-founder of Magic Inc in Chicago with his wife Francis Ireland. Without question one of the all time great’s acts and humorists.

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JAY MARSHALL INTERVIEWED BY PATRICK PAGE – PART 1 – 17.12.1977

Introduction – In a lighter vein – Bud Dietrich’s daughter – Inland Revenue – Mark Leddy – Spivey’s and Ade Duval – Irving Desfor – John Mulholland – Mickey MacDougal: SAM Convention – Troublewit – Camera gag – Venues – Jay the Gofer – Vaudeville act – Loews State – Russell Swan – Jay Marshall – an endeavour to be different – Love Life: Kurt Weill Alan Jay Lerner – Elia Kazan – Sawing in Half – vanishing bowl – Billy Rose’s Diamond Horseshoe – Act at that time – rings in bag – Die Box and shell – Electric pack – Linking Rings – Serpent Silk – Troublewit monocle – Lefty top hat – Cane – ten tricks – genesis of Lefty – Army – vent dummy – Douglas Craggs: ABC of Ventriloquism – there is a glove in the book – flesh coloured glove – mitten – no ears – Liberace – Spivey’s Roof – she was married to Fred Keating – Paul Garrets suggestion – white glove – Harvey – 1943 – 44 first glove – 1946 Lefty with ears – 1948 Naomi was on second show – Al Baker – routine baking a cake in a hat – a vent – Jay helped on his shows – as a gofer – Al Baker trick 1939/40 Vanishing Salt – Burling Hull – Al Baker’s unrealised potential – the Peony’s – Chautauqua – Lyceum – Vaudeville – Lambs – Players – Edgar Burgen – A.C. Gilbert – Mysto Magic sets – the offer – divorced 1953 – Francis Ireland – the warehouse 1954 – Laurie Ireland – 90 dirty shirts – Chicago – Magic Inc – Thurston programme quote – first interest in magic – Boston show – Houdini – Ziegfeld Follies – Jay’s Father did magic – C&R rope – rabbit production – grape production – a Puppet Show – Jean Walton – Jean Davenport – daughter Sarah

 

JAY MARSHALL INTERVIEWED BY PATRICK PAGE – PART 2 – 17.12.1977

What’s changed? – Vaudeville – Max Sterling – Will Goldston – Elcock – Roy Benson – magic is the worlds 3rd oldest profession – Sanbourne – theft – magic dealers – surprise in magic – vanishing TV – cigar box – Jap Box – props as natural objects – magicians clothing – future of magic and performance magic – Trade Shows – Siegfried and Roy – Tony Hancock – Billie Holliday – Johnny Thompson – goldfish bowls – Eddie Tulloch – understands the product – Bars – Magic Lounge – New York Lounge – Magic Bartenders – Princess Louise pub in High Holborn – Jack Murray – Nick Papas – Mr. Ash – Ken Mate – Heba Haba Al – The Pickle Barrow – house parties – Jack Miller – George Johnstone – Dunninger – wealth – Bob Lund – Darwin Ortiz – Frank Everhart – we left from Chicago – Fabian – Art Baker – Gerrie Larsen – Sydney – Les Levante – Ron Blaskett – 40 magicians – advice for a young magician – 3 stages in magic – method, learn how to do it – learning how to present it – Buster business – booed – Jay Marshall’s most embarrassing moment – Gene Anderson – analytical approach – Magicians Library – essential books – Horace Goldin – Frederick Eugene Powell – Laurel and hardy – the surprise element – anticipation – see, hear and read – lights – sound – backdrop – got to be seen – Mike Caldwell – new tricks – Joe Barnett – Fortune Telling (women) – women don’t like magic – Puppeteers – woman in magic.

 

CHARLIE MILLER INTERVIEWED BY JAY MARSHALL – PART 1 – 19.05.1977

Ready – Pat working in Spain – Charlie – Oreanna – from L.A – Cruise ships – Magicana – Intermission – birth – 100 other jobs – Kimbell pianos – ivory keys – octopus story – brother did magic – first magician – William Ravettes (English magician) – book Walto – Bert Cervas – Charles Maly – correspondence – shadow of Dai Vernon – Kennedy – Bert Cervas Indianapolis – gave Charlie lessons – 1959 – Alex Elmsley – Dave Sullivan second dealing story – Charlie early trade shows $200 a month – gambling sleight and moves – Casino Superviser in Vegas – Dunbury Delusion – Expert Card Technique – Fred Braue – 5% input – advised Braue – watchmaking – cabinet making – leather work – fabrics/sowing – Malini Egg Bag – Gerald Kosky – Ozzie Malini – mental polotomy – Malini played solitaire – Jess Mills? – Paul Linder of San Franscisco knew Malini – Malini stayed with Linder – and Edward Dearn in Singapore – payed Malini 10$ for one trick – Faucett Ross – 10 different cabaret acts on one cruise ship – Pat Page Davenports matchstick vanish – holding a pack – Hofzinser – patter for Cups and Balls – Houdin – board for shuffling – cuts – 2 to 3 at a time – entertaining magic – ‘across the street’ – Marlo incident – praise – duets – never imitate another – Ron Wilson – Henry Christ – Paul Fox advice on management – Jack McMillen – Bill Larsen – acrobatics – juggling – advice – money to live for 2 years whilst learning – Glen Hayward – glass through table – topping the glass – Hatton and Plate – 7 cornered hank – left handed handkerchief – General Card – kids like these tricks – Al Koran lecture in Chicago cites Charlie Miller – Edward Brown handkerchief knot – simple format for cruises – 6 tricks 17 – 20 – 25 minutes duration – beginning – middle – close – Carmen Damico – gambling anecdote

 

CHARLIE MILLER INTERVIEWED BY JAY MARSHALL – PART 2 – 19.05.1977

Intrigue tricks – Tommy Martin – illusions no climax – Zig Zag Harbin – write down tricks – list – effects you can actually perform – practising sleights – the secret – 3 car auto reflectors 4” in diameter – Fred Robinson – Darwin Ortiz – Herb Zarrow – Johnny Thompson – read everything – books seven times – most conventions are boring – speciality acts get more applause – Thurston – long shows – Jay disillusioned with Thurston – not in his prime – Blackstone better – Servais le Roy – happens to all of us – Willard superb in his milieu – Knoxville – San Antonio – Tent and school show – Willard Thumb Tie – sisal – Misers Dream – Flosso ahead of his time – Miller hanky and elastic band – Leipzig – Windecker – Sylvester Adams – Albert Adams – hotel bars – taught Leipzig – Jay another disillusionment, Moyo Miller – Duwip Louie – Vaudeville shows – sketches – compare modern Rock Stars – can’t describe their impact – ditto Las Vegas you have to go and see it – Producers have become more important than artistes – Buddy Hughes – Circus Vargas – tent construction – O’Henry tent plans – small Circus declined – Bertram Mills Olympia – Billy Smart ‘Circus of Horrors’ – Blackstone sponsorship – Victorian speech habits – speaking good English – Houdini line – Verbatim quarterly magazine – anti-pedantic – double genitive – Code of John’s – double apostrophe – Theodore Bernstein – NY Times – Edward Newman – editorial headline mistakes – youngsters – dancing – acting – good manner – Charles Carter Magic and Magicians – Illuminatus Roundhouse – double talk funny theatrical device – 2 foot tall girl – itinerary – get by with card tricks improve to annoy Vernon – Sun and Moon effect – cartel to many magicians – of teasers – Faucett Ross $5 – Hartz Devil of a Hat – Magical Titbits – ‘would’ gag – Professors T Chest – visit Ken Brooke – great experiences – liked each other – influenced to be a pro – the Depression – missed drawing – Chalk Talk – Chapeaugraphy – Sid Lorraine – film of Trewey – was a great mime – Emile Borieau – soften the fabric – was a Homburg until soft and flexible.

 

JAY MARSHALL 10-77

The last 30 minutes were taken from a tape that had deteriorated somewhat, and this has affected the audio. It has been included for completeness.

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