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Rolland Hamblen

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Rolland Hamblen

Flourished1930s - 1950s

Rolland Hamblen performed in vaudeville and later was a demonstrator for the Thayer Magic Company.

Although he did a vaudeville act, he had a greater success performing in Moose Lodges and Elks Clubs in the small towns of California, Oregon and Washington State.

A friend of Charlie Miller, he was considered a top sleight of hand experts. Hamblen performed in many movies in the 1930's where they needed close-ups of hands in gambling or magic scenes. He also taught magic to many Hollywood actors including Orson Welles, Chester Morris and Charlie Chaplin.

He eventually married and settled into a secluded home on the McKenzie River in Southern Oregon. He worked the rest of his life in private clubs. [1]



  1. Life and Magic of Billy Bishop by Billy Bishop (2000)