Beating a Dead Horse: The Life and Times of Jay Marshall – by Alexander Marshall


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Beating a Dead Horse – The Life and Times of Jay Marshall
by Alexander “Sandy” Marshall

This is probably one of the most enjoyable books we have read this year. It is about the life of Jay Marshall as told from his son’s point of view. The author, Alexander “Sandy” Marshall weaves a marvelous story. It is honest, touching and captures the essence of a comedic genius – both on and off stage. These pages reveal how wit and tenacity propelled Jay Marshall into becoming one of the most respected men in show business, and a world-renowned expert in the art of magic.

Beating a Dead Horse chronicles Jay’s journey from his staid middle class upbringing in Abington, Massachusetts, to his memorable performances on Broadway, television (14 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show), New York’s Palace Theatre, Radio City Music Hall, the London Palladium, opening for Frank Sinatra in Las Vegas, traveling the world, and becoming the Dean of the Society of American Magicians.

This is a must read for anyone with an interest in magic, vaudeville, puppetry, ventriloquism, early television, American popular culture, the business of show business or living life to the fullest. It is highly recommended!

Hardbound with dust jacket
540 pages / 700 illustrations

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