|Died||May 5, 1951 (age 56) |
California, United States
Larry Grey (c.1894-1951), born Lawrence Grey in England, was a comedy magician known as the "Dizzy Wizard".
Grey moved to the Canada in the early 1900s and then the United States. Early in his career he did a manipulative act with Jumbo Cards and by 1925 was doing a card act while wearing gloves.
Around 1918, Grey met Dai Vernon at Coney Island. Dai taught him how to cut silhouettes and they both worked together cutting silhouettes at the Toronto Exhibition in 1919 and at a booth in New York City in the 1920s.
While in New York City in 1926, Grey and Vernon formed the Sleight-of-Hand Artists Club and had meetings at their Silhouette Studio on Broadway.
Grey did about fifteen minutes of magic with jumbo cards in the film, "Oldtimers Night", a movie about vaudeville performers performing in a boarding house.
Near the end of his life, Grey had his own Magic theater on the boardwalk at Santa Cruz, California and did a comedy Magic act with his wife known as Larry Grey and Carlotta.
Dai Vernon considered Grey one of the greatest card performer who ever lived.
- Spelling Card in in Elliott's Last Legacy (1923)
- Another Larry Grey Trick and Larry Grey's Cards Across in Dai Vernon's Further Inner Secrets of Card Magic by Lewis Ganson (1961).
- Larry Grey's CUT TO PERFECTION in Further Lost Inner Secrets by Stephen Minch (1989)
- ↑ The Magical Bulletin, Vol. 10, No. 4, November 1922, Cover, LARRY GRAY—"THE DIZZY WIZARD", page 52
- ↑ Billboard, July 24, 1926, page 40
- ↑ 41.—THE WORLD'S FAIR, SATURDAY, MAY 9th, 1936, LARRY GRAY, THE DIZZY WIZARD
- ↑ Tops, Vol. 16, No. 6, June 1951, Magical West Wind by George L. Boston, page 23
- ↑ The Sphinx, Vol. 50, No. 4, June 1951, Obituaries, Larry Gray, page 145
- ↑ Vernon Touch, Genii 1970 March
- ↑ Vernon Touch, Genii, Vol. 34, No. 9, May 1970, Basic Moves, Larry Grey, page 397
- ↑ Vernon Touch, Genii 1981 August (photo page 493)
- ↑ LARRY GREY, THE DIZZY WIZARD in "He Fooled Houdini Dai Vernon A Magical Life The Vernon Chronicles Volume IV" by Bruce Cervon and Keith Burns (1992)
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