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Paul LePaul

Born: Aug 2, 1900

Death: Jun 8, 1958

Birthplace: Olney

Nationality: United States

Paul LePaul

Date of Birth : Aug 2, 1900
Date of Death : Jun 8, 1958
Birth Place : Olney

Paul LePaul was born Paul Shields Braden in Olney, Illinois. He grew up in St. Louis, Mo. He started his professional career around 1920, doing a manipulative act entirely with playing cards. He adopted the name LePaul around 1927. LePaul made his New York vaudeville appearance in July 1928 at the Fifth Avenue Theater. He worked in vaudeville and later appeared in the top night clubs and hotels. He also played on Broadway in Earl Carrolls' Vanities. He was a technical adviser for movies, including "Eternally Yours" starring David Niven. In a brief cameo he is seen doing card flourishes. In that same year, Paul LePaul was also credited for being part of the miscellaneous crew on the film Miracles for Sale. During World War II, he performed tours with the USO. "LePaul is one of the greatest manipulative magicians ever to practice the art of pleasant deception." - John Mulholland LePaul was one of the first to use to the split-fan production in a professional act. At one time he also used the glass vanish under the newspaper, and may have been the first magician to use this as a stage trick.

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