The Minneapolis of the 1950’s offered a thriving entertainment scene that lured men and women with money into dozens of theaters and burlesque clubs. Variety performers arrived from all over the country— contortionists, jugglers, ventriloquists, dancers—and a magician named Jack Pyle, aka the “Master of Deception.”
In 2020, the magician’s son, John-Ivan Palmer, wrote about his father 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.” Listen to our story by KFAI’s Britt Aamodt.
Support for MinneCulture on KFAI comes from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Photo of Jack Pyle courtesy of John Ivan-Palmer.