Frances Ireland Marshall

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Frances Ireland Marshall

Cover of Genii (1960)
BornFrances Marie Ahrens Vandevier
March 25, 1910
Chicago
DiedMay 26, 2002 (age 92)
Alshore House in Chicago

Frances Ireland Marshall (March 25, 1910 - May 26, 2002) was an accomplished magicienne, specializing in children's shows.[1][2]

Biography

Around 1931 she started working at L.L. Ireland Magic Co. in Chicago and eventually married the owner Laurie Ireland in August 21, 1940.

In 1938 she founded Magigals with Bess Houdini, an organization for female magicians. She was the first editor of its magazine and also wrote regularly for several other magic magazines including the long running "Around Chicago" column in the Linking Ring.

Frances continued to run the company after the death of Laurie in 1954. In 1955, she married magician, Jay Marshall.

In 1963, the L.L. Ireland Magic Co. was incorporated. The Marshall's renamed the company Magic, Inc..[3]

Books

  • You Don't Have To Be Crazy (1946)
  • With Frances In Magicland (1952)
  • Kid Stuff, Vol. 1 (1954)
  • How to Sell by Magic (1958)
  • Kid Stuff, Vol. 2 (1959)
  • The Sponge Book (1960)
  • Kid Stuff, Vol. 3 (1962)
  • Kid Stuff, Vol. 4 (1968)
  • Newspaper Magic (with Gene Anderson - 1968)
  • The Success Book (four volumes/1973-84)
  • Kid Stuff, Vol. 5 (1974)
  • Kid Stuff, Vol. 6 (1975)
  • The Happy Birthday Business (1978)
  • My First 50 Years (1981)
  • Those Beautiful Dames (1984)[4]

References

  1. M-U-M, Vol. 69, No. 1, June 1979, WITH FRANCES IN MAGICLAND (A POSTSCRIPT) by Joe Palen, page 17
  2. M-U-M, Vol. 70, No.11, April 1981, S.A.M. Magic Hall Of Fame by John U. Zweers, President, page 14
  3. The Linking Ring, Vol. 82, No. 4, April 2002, "Chicago's Magic, Inc. Celebrates Its 75th Year, by Robert K. Miller", page 43
  4. Frances Ireland Marshall books at Brown University
  • The Linking Ring, No. 29, No. 2, April 1949, Chicago Parade, by John Braun, Frances Ireland, page 60
  • The Conjurers’ Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 4, June 1949, Speaking of Pictures..., page 7
  • The Linking Ring Vol. 32, No. 1, March 1952, Frances Ireland, by Jack Lippincott, page 15
  • Cover Genii 1960 January
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 40, No. 9, November 1960, Magic Dealers Association Parade, by Frances Ireland Marshall, page 67, ANNIVERSARY SHOW, page 76
  • M-U-M, Vol. 69, No. 1, June 1979, Chapters about, FRANCES AND JAY MARSHALL, magician-of-the-month by A Few Of Their Many Friends, pp. 14-24, WITH FRANCES IN MAGICLAND (A POSTSCRIPT) by Joe Palen, page 17
  • M-U-M, Vol. 70, No.11, April 1981, S.A.M. Magic Hall Of Fame, by John U. Zweers, President, page 14
  • The New Tops, Vol. 21, No. 5, May 1981, The First Fifty Years, A brief record of my life in Magic, Frances Marshall 1951-1955, page 31
  • MUM, Vol. 92, No. 3, AUGUST 2002, Francis Ireland Marshall, by David Goodsell, page 51
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 82, No. 8, August 2002, OUR COVER, Frances Ireland Marshall 1910-2002, by Phil Willmarth, page 41, OBITUARIES, FRANCES IRELAND MARSHALL, 92, Longtime magician a pioneer for women, by Shia Kapos, Tribune staff reporter, page 44, FAREWELL TO FRAN, by David Meyer, page 45, BROKEN WAND, FRANCES IRELAND MARSHALL, page 116
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