Dell O'Dell
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Dell O'Dell

Original photograph of Dell O'Dell. The photograph is signed 'To Irene + Joe Every Good Wish Dell-ightfully, Dell O'Dell'. 7-30-41

Dell O'Dell was a popular magician in the 1940s and on. She is considered the pioneer of both female magic performers and TV magic. She was the host of the television program 'The Dell O'Dell Show'. Photographer credit is stamped on the reverse side of the photograph.

Photograph is inscribed to Irene + Joe. 7-30-41
Photograph measures 8x10 inches in size.
Product Details
Extras Autographed
Original Publication Year 1947
Personal Details
Read It No
Location Magic Library (Home)
Condition Very Fine
Owner Bryan-Keith Taylor
Dell O'Dell

Dell O'Dell was the stage name of Nell Newton (20 Oct 1902 - 5 Feb 1962) an American magician regarded in her profession as a pioneer who provided a role model for modern female performers and noted for being one of the first magicians to appear on television. At the height of her career she was billed as "The World's Leading Lady Magician" and "The Queen of Magic."

Nell Newton's father worked in carnivals and she began learning magic from him when she was young. She developed a style that featured snappy patter and cute rhymes, which became something of a trademark. She married Charles Carrer, a famous juggler, who managed her show and constructed props for her.

She became a pioneer of television magic when The Dell O'Dell Show began transmission on a local station in the Los Angeles area in California on 14 September 1951. She thus pre-dated several other noted pioneers of television magic, such as Mark Wilson, whose first television show began in 1955, and Richiardi Jr who made the first of his record run of appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1956.

O'Dell wrote extensively on the subject of magic. She contributed a column titled "Dell-lightfully" for the magicians' magazine The Linking Ring. She also produced a number of books of tricks and performance routines, including Presenting Magical Moments (1939) and On Both Sides of the Footlights (1946). Her "Stamp Album" presentation was published in volume 4 of the Tarbell Course in Magic.