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Tommy Martin

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Tommy Martin
BornThomas Bradley Martin
April 20, 1910
Nashville, Tennessee
DiedFebruary 11, 1991 (age 80)
Houston, Texas

Tommy Martin (April 20, 1910 - February 11, 1991) was a noted professional in the 1930's and 40's known for his Egg on Fan routine and Cards To Pocket.


After a few years as a newspaper reporter in Nashville, Knoxville and New Orleans, he became an assistant to Cliff Jones (aka "Lesta"), eventually doing some shows himself. T. Bradley Martin, as Tommy was sometimes billed, met Max Malini and started improving under the old master's tutelage.

Martin popularized Max Sterling's Egg on Fan routine and it became closely associated with him in the 1930's. In 1936 with his relatively small prop act, he played the mammoth Radio City Music Hall in New York; one of a handful of magicians to perform in the 6,000 seat theater.

Martin retired in the 1950's to become a booking agent.

He passed away of complications from Alzheimer's Disease in Houston.[1]


  1. Obit. Genii 1991 June