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David Lustig

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David Lustig
BornSeptember 04, 1893
DiedSeptember 30, 1977 (age 84)
CategoriesBooks by David Lustig

David J. Lustig (September 4, 1893- September 30, 1977) was a vaudeville magic act theater manager, show producer and adviser. He also wrote a number of books under the name La Vellma.


Lustig launched his vaudeville career in 1910 at the age of 17, as a magician using the stage name of La Vellma. He was a technical adviser to Dunninger, devising many of the "tests" that Dunninger used on radio and TV shows.

Later in his life he worked as a publicity specialist for Columbia Pictures, setting up tours and interviews for their movie stars.

He was elected by the S.A.M. National Council to the S.A.M. Hall of Fame.[1][2]


  • Vaudeville Mind Reading (1920)
  • Vaudeville Ventriloquism (1920)
  • Vaudeville Magic (1920)
  • Magic and Mind Reading Tricks You Can Do (1920)
  • La Vellma's Vaudeville Budget (1921)
  • Vaudeville Mind Reading (expanded 2nd edition) (1929)
  • Vaudeville Hypnotism (1930)


  1. David Lustig, Man of the Theatre by Barry H. Wiley in Linking Ring - August 1997
  2. Obit Genii 1977 December