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Ade Duval

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Ade Duval
BornAdolph Amrein
December 31, 1898
DiedAugust 13, 1965 (age 66)
Ade Duval (1898-965) was a professional magician remembered for his Silk Blowing trick, the vanish of the Cocktail Shaker full of milk, and the "Smoking of the Thumb."

He was listed as having one of the most beautiful magic acts on stage. the magic stage act lasted 11 minutes and consisted of Twentieth Century silk, Silk blowing routine (the original duval Method) Parasol and silks and a final silk Production.

He started performing with Andrew Blaeser as the "Duval Brothers" in the early 1920s, then went out on his own when his partner retired. He became a star of vaudeville with his signature "Rhapsody In Silk" routine which he performed with his wife, True, as assistant and musical director and published in 1962.

After True's died of cancer in 1955, Ade lost interest and began developing a nervous disease which sapped his strength. An operation was performed which enabled him to present his manipulative act at the Buffalo IBM Convention. His renewed strength didn't last and he spent most of his later years in the hospital.

He began to write a series of books, but only the climax of his Rhapsody in Silk routine saw publication.


  • A Rhapsody in Silk - Ade Duval (1962)
  • Ade Duval - Silken Sorcerer by David Charvet (2009)