Paul LePaul (August 2, 1900
- June 8, 1958) was born Paul Shields Braden in Olney, Illinois.
He grew up
in St. Louis,
He started his professional career around 1920, doing a
manipulative act entirely with playing
. He adopted the name LePaul around 1927. LePaul made his
York vaudeville appearance in
July of 1928 at the Fifth Avenue Theater.
He worked in
vaudeville and later appeared in the top night clubs and hotels.
played on Broadway in Earl Carrolls' Vanities.
He was a technical adviser for movies, including "Eternally Yours
" starring David Niven
(1939). In a brief cameo he is seen
doing card flourishes. In that same year, Paul LePaul was also
credited for being part of the miscellaneous crew on the film
Miracles for Sale
During World War II
, he performed tours
with the USO
"LePaul is one of the greatest manipulative magicians ever to
practice the art of pleasant deception." - John Mulholland
LePaul was one of the first to use to the split-fan production in a
professional act. At one time he also used the glass vanish under
the newspaper, and may have been the first man to use this as a
stage trick. He appears to have started the Card to Wallet fad
which was based on the
routine he published as "Cards in Sealed Envelope" in the late
did not become a common item
until after the 1950s).
- The Card Magic of LePaul (1949)
- The Card Magic of Brother John Hamman (written and edited by