Don't Fool Yourself: The Magical Life of Dell O'Dell

Michael Claxton

Published by Squash Publishing, 2014
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New in new dust jacket. Unread copy. Biography of the popular female magician who flourished from the 1930s to the 1950s performing in a variety of venues often booked with her husband, juggler Charles Carrer. Illustrated with some b&w photos of disappointing quality reproduction. Otherwise the book is excellent. Suitable for gift-giving. Value added feature: clear archival dust jacket protector free with every copy purchased. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: In a field dominated by men, one of the most successful and busiest magicians of a generation was also a woman. Dell O'Dell grew up in Kansas, and learned to love show business amidst the sawdust and spangles of her father's circus. She began to entertain as a teenager, teaching herself to juggle, perform acrobatics, and work with animals. Eventually, she would go on to own her own circus, perform as a comedy magician in vaudeville, and finally find certified stardom as a headlining night club performer and television star. Half a world away, in Switzerland, Charles Carrer was learning many of the same feats of digital dexterity. He developed a polished, dapper, and amazing juggling act that took him on tours throughout the European continent, South America, and eventually landed him in America. It was there, in New York, that the two troupers met, married, and embarked on a partnership - on and off stage - that has to be read to be believed. In the pages of Don't Fool Yourself, author Michael Claxton draws on first-person accounts, revealing research, and rich historical archives to paint humanizing and captivating portraits of Dell O'Dell and Charlie Career - remarkable entertainers whose lives were intertwined - as well as fascinating bygone eras of American show business. A quality 6 x 9" hardcover, 332 pages, illustrated with dozens of unpublished images. As a bonus, each book includes a Dell O'Dell Dancing Doll novelty.

About the Author: Michael Claxton is an Associate Professor of English at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. His articles and book reviews have appeared in MAGIC, The Linking Ring, Genii, and Magicol: A Journal of Magic and Collecting. He also writes a regular column for The Bison,the campus newspaper of Harding.

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Publication Date: 2014
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