Paul Le Paul
|Paul Le Paul|
|Born||Paul Shields Braden|
August 2, 1900
|Died||June 8, 1958 (age 57) |
St. Louis, Missouri
|Resting place||New Saint Marcus Cemetery and Mausoleum, St. Louis, Missouri|
Paul Le Paul (August 2, 1900 - June 8, 1958), born Paul Shields Braden, performed in Vaudeville and later appeared in the top night clubs and hotels.
Le Paul grew up in St. Louis where he was a boyhood pal of Bill Baird. He started his professional career around 1920, doing a manipulative act entirely with playing cards. He adopted the name Le Paul around 1927 and made his first New York vaudeville appearance in July of 1928 at the Fifth Avenue Theatre.
After vaudeville, he appeared in the top night clubs and hotels. He also played on Broadway in Earl Carrolls' Varities.
In 1939 he was a technical adviser for movies, including "Eternally Yours" starring David Niven. He also held a small role as the Butler. In that same year, Paul LePaul was also credited for being part of the miscellaneous crew on the film Miracles for Sale.
During World War II, he performed tours with the USO.
Le Paul was one of the first to use to the split-fan production in a professional act. At one time he also used the glass vanish under the newspaper, and may have been the first man to use this as a stage trick.
He also may have started the Card to Wallet fad among magicians which was based on the routine he published as Cards in Sealed Envelope in 1949. (Wallets did not become a common item until after the 1950s).
- "LePaul is one of the greatest manipulative magicians ever to practice the art of pleasant deception." - John Mulholland in The Card Magic of Le Paul
- The Card Magic of Le Paul (1949)
- The Card Magic of Bro. John Hamman S.M. (written and edited by Le Paul) (1958)
- Who's Who in Magic, Sphinx, August, 1932
- The Linking Ring, Vol. 26, No. 10, December 1946, Paul LePaul, Card Manipulator, By Jack Lippincott, page 28
- The Linking Ring, Vol. 29, No. 10, December 1949, Cover, LePaul - McDermott .... A Collaboration, By Robert Parrish, page 15
- Photo Genii 1952 June
- The New Phoenix, No. 332, November 1955, Interview in St. Louis with Card Star Paul le Paul, page 136
- The Linking Ring, Vol. 38, No. 3, May 1958, Sick and convalescent, by Harry E. Cecil, PAUL LE PAUL (Paul Braden), p. 102
- Hugards’s Magic Monthly, Vol. 16, No. 1, June 1958, Paul LePaul (Braden) died June 8 of cancer…, page 3, Out of My Profonde, By Arthur Leroy, page 4
- The Linking Ring, Vol. 38, No. 5, July 1958, Broken Wand, Paul (LePaul) Braden, page 83
- M-U-M, Vol. 48, No. 3, August 1958, Cover, PAUL LePAUL magician-of-the-month by Leslie P. Guest, page 85
- The New Tops, Vol. 4, No. 12, December 1964, The Collector’s Page, Picture LePaul, page 22
- Bio-bibliographisches Lexikon der Zauberkünstler Edition Volker Huber, April 2002, Braden, Paul Shields = Paul LePaul, USA Zauberkünstler (*02.08.1901 Olney, Illinois, USA; † 09.06.1958 St. Louis, USA), page 51
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