Jack Kodell

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Jack Kodell

Cover of Genii 1957 March
BornJohn Edward Koudelka
November 4, 1927
Mankato, Minnesota
DiedMay 17, 2012 (age 84)
Orlando, Florida

Jack Kodell (1927-2012), born John Edward Koudelka at Mankato, Minnesota, was a professional magician since the age of thirteen. He was originator of the parakeet act and played the top clubs and stages until he retired in 1960.

Biography

At the age of nine, he learned to fly an airplane. After moving to Chicago in 1941, he met George Boston, who was to become his mentor and adviser in magic. With Cantu and Boston they developed "A Fantasy in Birds" act in which he manipulates birds (parakeets) as other handle cards and billiard balls. His initial performance was given at the Masonic Temple in Aurora in June 1945.


Kodell performed on the television shows Ed Sullivan Show (January 1, 1956) and You Asked For It.

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