Bert Easley

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Bert Easley
BornHerbert Cecil Easley
December 16, 1904
Shawnee, Oklahoma
DiedNovember 12, 1987 (age 82)

Bert Easley (1904-1987), born Herbert Cecil Easley in Shawnee, Oklahoma, was a comedy magician, acrobat and magic dealer.

Biography

He was known for his drunken comedy act and billed himself as the "Tipsy Trickster" with a routine called "Leaning Shoes". It included "The Lean" effect in which the feet remain flat on the floor while the body leans forward, defying the laws of gravity. He worked night clubs with Jerry Lewis and Harry Blackstone.

When he retired, he opened the Bert Easley's Fun Shop in Phoenix, Arizona in 1947.

In 1948 Bert's act was awarded the Carl Fleming Trophy for "the most outstanding comedy act" at the annual convention of the Pacific Coast Association of Magicians.

From 1951 through 1955, Bert served as Territorial Vice President of the I.B.M. and Bert was an honorary life member of the Academy of Magical Arts.

In September 1981, Genii Magazine honored Bert by dedicating an issue to him.

He died from complications following surgery for the amputation of one of his legs.

He is the namesake of the I.B.M. Ring 55, which he was one of the founders.[1] [2][3]

Books

References

  1. Cover Genii 1981 August
  2. Obit Genii 1987 October
  3. http://www.easleys.com/
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