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Broken Wand - Carl Ballantine

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I hate to say these words, but I have been informed the Carl Ballantine is gone. Waiting for details from his daughter.

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Ballantine, Carl "Jipper"
(Chicago, Illinois: 27 Sep 1917- ) Stage name of Meyer Kessler. Inspired at age 12 by his barber who would do the Thimbles while cutting Carl's hair. Originally a printer. Then in Chicago in the 1930s doing pro straight magic, first as "Count Marakoff" & "Carl Sharp", then, since the early 1940s switched to comedy magic as "Carl Ballantine" billed as "The Amazing Mr. Ballantine". Played the New York Capitol in 1950. The Ed Sullivan TV show in 1953, & the Las Vegas El Rancho Vegas in 1956. Also a TV comedian ("McHale's Navy", etc) since 1959 & movie actor since 1965. Won Tannen's "Louie". 1985 AMA Performing Fellowship.

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