Virgil the Magician

Virgil the Magician

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A rare original vintage circa 1950s autograph book page, clearly signed & dedicated in ink with lovely messages by both Virgil the Magician and his wife ' assistant Julie. "To Gaye. Thanks for one of the most pleasant weeks we have had on the entire five year world tour. We shall always remember you kindly" Virgil the Magician. The reverse of the page is also signed "To Gaye. One of the most charming persons we have ever met. Thanks for everything" Julie Virgil


One of an extensive vintage 1950s collection of prominent entertainers of the decade obtained by Gaye Watters who was the manageress of the Belfast Opera House at this time. Many are dedicated to her with messages of appreciation. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA



14x9cm Sized Autograph Book Page


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About Virgil the Magician

Virgil the Magician

VIRGIL THE MAGICIAN (Virgil Harris Mulkey) d1989. Magician & illusionist who toured the United States many times during the 1930-40's ; appearing in hundreds of theatres and school auditoriums. In 1929, he became part-owner of a motion picture theatre in Port Townsend Washington. One evening, he accidentally injured an young girl named Julie Capriotti who came up to help him on stage. He felt so bad about the accident that he started visiting her resulting in them falling in love and marrying in 1931. That year they hit the road with 10 tonnes of equipment for their touring show. Highlights of the show were his original Canary In Lightbulb effect, his original version of P T Selbit's "Sawing" illusion and their performance of The Spirit Cabinet. In 1952, they began a five year World Tour with their 33-ton show consisting of 20 illusions, 120 costumes and 19 full sets of scenery ; visiting Australia, Tasmania, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Pakistan, India, England and Ireland. Returning to America, the couple continued touring the US and Canada annually through to 1978. The couple retired to the home they had built in 1965 overlooking Boston Harbor in Olympia, Washington. Virgil died on October 12th 1989 aged 89 and Julie in 2000. 


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