The Master of Deception: John Ivan-Palmer Remembers His Magician Father in New Memoir
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The Master of Deception: John Ivan-Palmer Remembers His Magician Father in New Memoir


The Minneapolis of the 1950’s offered a thriving entertainment scene that lured men and women with money to spend into dozens of theaters and burlesque clubs. Variety performers arrived from all over the country, contortionists, jugglers, ventriloquists, dancers–and a magician with a Clark Gable mustache known as the Master of Deception. In 2020, the magician’s son, John-Ivan Palmer, wrote about his father Jack Pyle and the era of variety floor show entertainments in his memoir “The Master of Deception: A Son Searches for His Father in the House of Illusion.” Britt Aamodt produced the story.