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Wallace Lee

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Wallace Lee
BornWilliam Wallace Lee
August 07, 1892
Lone Oak, Georgia
DiedMay 12, 1969 (age 76)
Durham, North Carolina
CategoriesBooks by Wallace Lee

Wallace Lee (August 7, 1892 - May 12, 1969), born in Lone Oak, Georgia, toured the United States doing school shows as Wallace the Magician.


Lee moved to Durham. North Carolina in 1903 and became a professional magician at a young age. He enlisted in the Navy and became a member of the Navy Band as a trumpet player where he also spent much time entertaining as a magician. After World War I, he put together a complete magic show and traveled the states doing school shows using trains and wagons to haul his equipment.

One of the high spots of the show was Lee's "double-talk", speaking gibberish in a way that made it seem like he was saying something you should be understanding. He was also a chalk-talker, ventriloquist and mathematician.

Lee invented numerous effects and put on the market many manuscripts. He ran a magic mail-order business, specializing in small magic, books and manuscripts. He was also known for a fine collection of memorabilia.

He made the "button-from-the vest" trick popular. The pictures of the trick explained in The Tarbell Course, Volume 3 were made from Lee's hands performing the trick in Chicago in 1929.

Lee was a charter member of the Coke Cecil IBM Ring 144 and after he passed away the IBM Ring NO. 199, Raleigh, North Carolina, is dedicated in his name. [1] [2]


  • X-Jargon (1937)
  • The Calendar on the Tip of Your Tongue (1943)
  • Magic, Doubletalk and Monkey Business (1944)
  • Primer of Double-Talk (1946)
  • Math Miracles (1950)
  • X-Jargon New Version (1953)
  • Magic Shorts Cuts in Arithmetic (1958)


  1. The Sphinx, Vol. 30, No. 2, May 1931, Who's Who in Magic, WALLACE, THE MAGICIAN, page 114
  2. The Linking Ring, Vol. 27, No. 7, September 1947, WALLACE LEE, ENTERTAINER, By J. B. Bobo, page 19
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 11, N. 8, October 1931, WALLACE LEE WEDS, page 813
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 24, No. 2, April 1944, Have a Card, by T. J. Crawford, Wallace Lee, page 58
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 49, No. 8, August 1969, BROKEN WAND, William Wallace Lee, by Lawrence Rockman, page 103
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 66, No. 6, June 1986, RALEIGH, NC - Ring 199, William Wallace Lee, by William E. Spooner, page 61