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Bally Hoo and Hullabaloo
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Hugard's MAGIC Monthly for January 1950 had an oddly backhanded description of Lake's act. He doesn't call him by name, referring to him as "little man strangely resembling a rabbet. Lakes routine consisted of his dialog with the victim, the tallest showgirl who's bare leg was in chopper. No adult would be worried about the girl, the chopper was an oversize finger chopper, though it worked differently.
Although I was at an audience of grade schoolers brought to real tears by the similar Abbott prop. The magician said it was all in good fun, but there were some children really upset. The principal said he would never have another magic show; good clean fun.
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Thank you for sharing this, I'm an instant Lester Lake fan now!
That link was incredible, I must learn more about him.
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There's a big all about him called, Buried Alive Every Afternoon Burned Alive Every Evening: The Life of Lester Lake – By Julie A. Schlesselman.

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Thank you Gerry! I'll track down a copy of that.
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