Monsieur Brunard (1901-1971) was Richard “Dick” Bruno, a well-known ventriloquist working with his vent figure, Joe Flip.
His father and grandfather had been harpists with symphony orchestras. Bruno took up the alto saxophone and led a small dance band. As a boy of twelve he purchased his first trick from Prof. Otto Hornmann of the Hornmann Magic Company. Years later his interest was renewed when he met Will Parks, one time assistant to Adelaide Hermann. In 1931 he became friends with Frank Ducrot.
In 1936, he played with vaudeville ventriloquist John W. Cooper and decided to change his career to ventriloquism. He starting studying while continuing to work with music, some magic, and frequently serving as emcee on variety show bookings. On one occasion he met The Great Lester who agreed to teach him his methods.
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Joan Brandon (1914-1979) was musician and professional magicienne, as “The Blond Deceiver”, in New York City.
Her father was Al Brandon who performed under the name “The Great Brandoni.”
A member of Parent Assembly No. 1, Society of American Magicians, she first became interested in magic at an early age. As a child, she was featured in motion pictures and at the age of fourteen headlined a theater tour across the United States.
She was a leader of a ten-piece orchestra, appearing in fourteen foreign countries.
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E. Leslie Briant was a part-time professional magician who billed himself as “Lafayette, The Argentine Wizard”.
He went to South America as a young man, employed in the Bank of London and South America. Living first in Montevideo before moving to Argentina, where he spent the rest of his working life.
Briant began magic professionally in 1920 and developed a full evening show.
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