|Born||William Wallace Lee|
August 07, 1892
Lone Oak, Georgia
|Died||May 12, 1969 (age 76) |
Durham, North Carolina
|Categories||Books 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.
- 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)
- ↑ The Sphinx, Vol. 30, No. 2, May 1931, Who's Who in Magic, WALLACE, THE MAGICIAN, page 114
- ↑ 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