Lefty hand puppet

19 January 2022

Tired of lugging his traditional ventriloquist’s dummy across the Pacific while entertaining U.S. troops in the Second World War, Jay Marshall (1919-2005) decided to use a left-handed khaki glove with two buttons for eyes as his rabbit dummy. It became the trademark of this magician, who also performed traditional magic tricks accompanied by droll patter. He travelled with Lefty all over the world, including the London Palladium, and on television. After his retirement from full-time performing, he and his wife Frances Ireland ran a magic business in Chicago; he was also a respected magic historian and collector.

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