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David J. Lustig

(USA: 4th September 1893 - 30th September 1977) Aka "La Vellma". Pro vaude magus and vent since 1910. Later switched to mind-reading. Wrote and directed silent movies for Stellar Productions in NY City 1923-25. Theater manager there 1925-27. Began some ghost-writing for Dunninger in late 1920s.

Wrote several booklets since 1920, including Magic and Mind Reading Tricks You Can Do (1920, 51pp), Vaudeville Magic (1920, 30pp), Vaudeville Ventriloquism (1920, 29pp, with Robert W. Doidge), La Vellma's Vaudeville Budget (1921, 85pp), Vaudeville Mind Reading and Kindred Phenomena (1929, 64pp); Vaudeville Hypnotism (1930, 35pp); The Art of Thought Reading (1956).

On Dunninger's payroll designing many of his "Brainbuster" tests 1943-47. Ended career as movie publicity agent for Columbia. SAM Hall of Fame.

Coauthors: Robert W. Doidge

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David J. Lustig
Vaudeville Hypnotism by David J. Lustig

You, too, can be a stage hypnotist!

A monumental work devoted to the performance of stage hypnotism, written by a close confidant of Dunninger. Contains not only individual tests, but a complete two-hour show, as well. Written by an experienced operator (and owner of a stage hypnotic show), this course provides authentic instructions for performing a complete evening's entertainment.

The libraries of many seasoned professionals are incomplete, as they do not have this book in their collection. With this new revised edition, it's priced so reasonably that now virtually any interested magician, mentalist...

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David J. Lustig & Robert W. Doidge
Vaudeville Ventriloquism (used) by David J. Lustig & Robert W. Doidge

Booklet stapled in excellent condition, protected by a clear acetate sheet that has been neatly bound with a string to the booklet. For details on the content see the digital edition.

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David J. Lustig
La Vellma's Vaudeville Budget (used) by David J. Lustig

First edition softcover with cover starting to come loose. Published by Robert W. Doidge. For details on content see the digital edition.

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David J. Lustig
Fortune Telling with Playing Cards by David J. Lustig

Be the life of the party. Delve into the past, present and future for fun or profit with this ebook and a deck of playing cards. David J. Lustig, Dunninger's friend and confidante, reveals his "La Vellma" fortune telling with cards method. With this method and a few nights of practice you, too, can amaze your friends with entertaining "readings" of the past, present and future — all revealed by the cards.


  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Instructions
  • The Circle of 17
  • The Three Piles
  • Past, Present and Future
  • The Wish
  • Significance of the Cards
  • Clubs
  • Hearts
  • Spades
  • Diamonds
  • Hints
  • The La...
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David J. Lustig
La Vellma's Vaudeville Budget by David J. Lustig

For magicians, mind readers and ventriloquists

  • Thank You!
  • Practical Hints And Tips For Crystal Gazing Acts
  • A Card Wrinkle
  • Mind Reading Act Routine
  • Introductory Lecture For A Vaudeville Crystal Gazing Act
  • The Book Test
  • An Impromptu Stunt
  • And - That's Not All ...!
  • Everybody's Choice
  • The Story Of The King And Queen
  • A Mind Reading Wrinkle
  • Wineology
  • Wrinkle For Crystal Gazing Act
  • Publicity Test
  • Blackstone's Penny And Dime Trick
  • The Egg Bag
  • The Enigma Card Effect
  • A One Man Crystal Gazing Act
  • Another Card From The Rocket
  • Patter For The Mysterious Enchanted Clock
  • The Hindoo Rope...
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David J. Lustig
Stage Hypnotism by David J. Lustig

Daring! Sensational! That's what audiences say who witness the act of a stage hypnotist. Now you can learn the inside secrets of the professional stage hypnotist, in this fascinating book by Dunninger's "behind the scenes man," David J. Lustig.

Learn the secrets behind:

  • Needle Test
  • Murder Test
  • Cataleptic Trance
  • Human Anvil
  • Fire Test
  • Window Sleeping Test
  • Pseudo-Hypnotic Stunts
  • Hypnotism Tests from the Orient
  • The Blood-Stopping Test
  • and other valuable and instructive chapters, plus
  • Lecture for a stage hypnotic act
Not a clinical book full of theory, Lustig's light, breezy style lays bare...
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David J. Lustig
Magic and Mindreading Tricks You Can Do by David J. Lustig

Here's a terrific book for those who wish to entertain their friends or business associates with clever magic that leaves a lasting impression.

Until now, this hard to find, limited edition book has been available only to collectors, selling for up to 150 times its original price. Now introduced as a convenient, digital ebook, Lustig's work will baffle a new generation of audiences with feats of magic and mindreading.

Over 50 excellent, impromptu effects to show friends, family and others. While most of the effects require practice, the instructions are clear enough that even younger magicians...

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David J. Lustig
Vaudeville Mind Reading by David J. Lustig

Dunninger's "behind the scenes man," David J. Lustig, describes a whopping twenty mind reading systems, second sight acts and entertaining psychic experiments in this ebook - each one carefully described in detail. Learn to be an effective psychic entertainer! The collection includes:

  • Methods of so-called Crystal Gazing
  • A Musical Silent Thought Act
  • A Crystal Gazing Act for Club Entertainers
  • Electrical, Phonetic and Silent Codes
  • The Blindfold Drive
  • The Chess Knight Tour
  • Publicity Stunts
  • Voice Culture
  • Answering Catch Questions
  • and other valuable and instructive chapters.
Includes a supplement...
★★★★★ $6
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David J. Lustig & Robert W. Doidge
Vaudeville Ventriloquism by David J. Lustig & Robert W. Doidge

From the Preface:

This book was written with an object in view. Namely to set right the many folks who have voiced a desire to become ventriloquists but after reading books on the subject have been at a loss just how to go about studying this fascinating art. The lessons arranged in this work are framed so that anyone possessing good vocal chords and who are willing to devote the necessary time and patience to studying the art can become ventriloquial entertainers. The authors know that everything found in this work is practical and trust those interested will profit by the contents of the...

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