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Marshall Brodien

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Marshall Brodien
BornJuly 10, 1934
DiedMarch 8, 2019 (age 84)

Marshall Brodien (b.1934), known for his role as Wizzo the Wizard, played a wizard clown that performed on WGN-TV's Bozo's Circus and The Bozo Show from 1968-1994. Brodien, who had been making semi-regular guest appearances, later appeared as a wizard character in an Arabian Nights-inspired costume which evolved into Wizzo the Wizard by the early 1970s. He was billed as being from Arobia and possessed the Stone of Zanzabar. He founded TV Mystery Products, Inc. in 1972 to distribute his magic sets.[1]


Oliver O. Oliver (Ray Rayner) left Bozo's Circus in 1971 and was briefly replaced by Pat Tobin as Oliver's cousin Elrod T. Potter, and then by magician John Thompson (an acquaintance of Roy Brown's and Brodien's) as Clod Hopper. By 1973, WGN gave up on Thompson and increased Brodien's appearances as Wizzo.

Brodien was the spokesperson for a trick magic card deck known as TV Magic Cards. The deck resembled a regular playing card deck, except that the cards could be shown as all the same card. Many other card tricks could be performed with the deck. Over 17 million decks of the cards were sold[1]

He currently designs magic trick sets for children through a company called Cadaco Toys. He occasionally makes public appearances in the Chicago area and his autobiography, "The Magical Life Of Marshall Brodien," was recently published.[2] [3]


  1. The Magical Life of Marshall Brodien by John Moehring (2007)
  2. ephemera: Marshall Brodien TV Magic Cards
  3. Cover Genii 1994 April
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