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Wallace Lee

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Wallace Lee
BornAugust 07, 1892
Lone Oak, Georgia
DiedMay 12, 1969 (age 76)
CategoriesBooks by Wallace Lee

Wallace Lee (August 7, 1892 - May 12, 1969), born in Lone Oak, Georgia, toured the United States doing school shows as Wallace the Magician.


Lee moved to Durham. North Carolina in 1903 and became a professional magician at a young age. He enlisted in the Navy and became a member of the Navy Band as a trumpet player where he also spent much time entertaining as a magician. After World War I, he put together a complete magic show and traveled the states doing school shows using trains and wagons to haul his equipment.

One of the high spots of the show was Lee's "double-talk", speaking gibberish in a way that made it seem like he was saying something you should be understanding. He was also a chalk-talker, ventriloquist and mathematician.

Lee invented numerous effects and put on the market many manuscripts. He ran a magic mail-order business, specializing in small magic, books and manuscripts. He was also known for a fine collection of memorabilia.

He made the "button-from-the vest" trick popular. The pictures of the trick explained in The Tarbell Course, Volume 3 were made from Lee's hands performing the trick in Chicago in 1929.

Lee was a charter member of the Coke Cecil IBM Ring 144 and after he passed away the IBM Ring NO. 199, Raleigh, North Carolina, is dedicated in his name.[1][2]


  • X-Jargon (1937)
  • The Calendar on the Tip of Your Tongue (1943)
  • Magic, Doubletalk and Monkey Business (1944)
  • Math Miracles (1950)
  • X-Jargon New Version (1953)
  • Magic Shorts Cuts in Arithmetic (1958)
  • Primer of Double-Talk ?????


  1. WALLACE LEE, ENTERTAINER by J. B. Bobo, SEPTEMBER 1947, Linking Ring
  2. Who's Who in Magic, Sphinx, May 1931