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Jay Palmer

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Jay Palmer

Cover of Genii (1951)
BornWilliam J. Burns
November 01, 1899
Nashville, Tennessee
DiedAugust 13, 1970 (age 70)

Jay Palmer (November 1, 1899 - August 13, 1970) was born William J “Willie” Burns in Nashville, Tennessee.


He started out as an assistant to The Great Leon and then for Houdini before striking out on his own with his English wife Doreen as "Lady 'Awkins" or "Miss Scrapiron" in the 1950s. Doreen would provide comedy by disregarding the feelings of her magician husband while she was assisting.

They toured the world featuring his Magic Kettle (a version of the Inexhaustible Bottle).

During WW2, Jay and Doreen worked for the U.S.O.

In 1950 and 1951 they won the Comedy Prize at FISM.