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A snake charmer shares the stage with a magician who is about to saw his assistant in half. Ralph Chessé papers C0224, Box 1, Folder 19. Special Collections and Archives, George Mason University.

A snake charmer shares the stage with a magician who is about to saw his assistant in half. Ralph Chessé papers C0224, Box 1, Folder 19. Special Collections and Archives, George Mason University.

Milton Berle....doing a card trick. He loved magic. (1955)

Milton Berle....doing a card trick. He loved magic. (1955)

A Brief And Enchanting Visual History Of Los Angeles' Iconic Magic Castle

A Brief And Enchanting Visual History Of L.A.'s Iconic Magic Castle

A Brief And Enchanting Visual History Of Los Angeles' Iconic Magic Castle

Having fun....floating a lady. Magician, Dick Zimmerman  Harry Blackstone, Sr.?

Having fun....floating a lady. Magician, Dick Zimmerman Harry Blackstone, Sr.?

Rabbits...in a hat. Those embarrassing moments for a magician.

Rabbits...in a hat. Those embarrassing moments for a magician.

I met Little Johnny Jones in his later years during the Abbott's Get-Together. His stories and his personality were precious.  You will find his grave in the Colon, MI graveyard with all the other famous magicians who attended the Get-Together.

I met Little Johnny Jones in his later years during the Abbott's Get-Together. His stories and his personality were precious. You will find his grave in the Colon, MI graveyard with all the other famous magicians who attended the Get-Together.

Jack Marvin and Grace Leahy working on marionettes for the production “Crock of Gold”, March 1936. Ralph Chessé papers, Collection #C0224, Box 1, Folder 4, Special Collections and Archives, George Mason University.

Jack Marvin and Grace Leahy working on marionettes for the production “Crock of Gold”, March 1936. Ralph Chessé papers, Collection #C0224, Box 1, Folder 4, Special Collections and Archives, George Mason University.

Houdini's famous Needles on Thread Trick... I love the expressions upon all of the faces in this photo...including Houdini's.

Houdini's famous Needles on Thread Trick... I love the expressions upon all of the faces in this photo...including Houdini's.

George Bernard Shaw was the master of ceremonies at the Marionette Variety show and here he is sharing the stage with quintuplets. Ralph Chessé papers C0224, Box 1, Folder 19. Special Collections and Archives, George Mason University.

George Bernard Shaw was the master of ceremonies at the Marionette Variety show and here he is sharing the stage with quintuplets. Ralph Chessé papers C0224, Box 1, Folder 19. Special Collections and Archives, George Mason University.

Frank Marshall (1900-1969) credited for carving Charlie McCarthy, Jerry Mahoney, Danny O’Day, Farfel. He also made marionettes, hand puppets and Punch and Judy characters and thousands more

Frank Marshall (1900-1969) credited for carving Charlie McCarthy, Jerry Mahoney, Danny O’Day, Farfel. He also made marionettes, hand puppets and Punch and Judy characters and thousands more

Jack Gwynne The Temple of Angee #Magic #magician #Illusion

Jack Gwynne The Temple of Angee #Magic #magician #Illusion