|Born||Nell (or Dell) Newton|
October 20, 1902
|Died||February 5, 1962 (age 59) |
Dell O'Dell (1902-1962), born Nell (or Dell) Newton, was an American magician regarded in her profession as a pioneer who provided a role model for modern female performers and noted for being one of the first magicians to appear on television.
At the height of her career she was billed as "The World's Leading Lady Magician" and "The Queen of Magic."
Nell Newton's father worked in carnivals and she began learning magic from him when she was young. She developed a style that featured snappy patter and cute rhymes, which became something of a trademark. Dell was known to hire writers for her special rhyming patter, with some being printed in Genii magazine.
She married Charles Carrer, a famous juggler, who managed her show and constructed props for her. She and Charles established homes in New York, Florida and California.
She became a pioneer of television magic when The Dell O'Dell Show began transmission on a local station in the Los Angeles area in California on 14 September 1951. She thus pre-dated several other noted pioneers of television magic, such as Mark Wilson, whose first television show began in 1955, and Richiardi Jr who made the first of his record run of appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1956.
O'Dell wrote extensively on the subject of magic. She contributed a column titled "Dell-lightfully" for the magicians' magazine The Linking Ring. Her Stamp Album presentation was published in volume 4 of the Tarbell Course in Magic.
- Presenting Magical Moments (1939)
- On Both Sides of the Footlights (1946)
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