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David Lustig

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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.

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


  • 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)


  1. David Lustig, Man of the Theatre by Barry H. Wiley in Linking Ring - August 1997