Dell O'Dell No.1: Night Club Act
In this silent clip, Dell O’Dell works her magic in a night club in the Forties, with an orchestra behind her.
Assisted by her husband Charlie Carrer, she tears and restores a newspaper, produces a tray full of rabbits, and pretends to pass a guillotine blade through the head of a male assistant (while spreading a newspaper on the floor that reads, “Dell's Guillotine Fails—Victim Low, Hospital Reports”).
She also performs a Penetration Frame, the P&L Blooming Rosebush, and her raucous and noisy Linking Ring routine. Finally, the video captures her original umbrella trick, a rabbit vanish, and part of her Duck Pan production.
Even without sound, Dell's personality shines loud and clear, as her face beams and her dress sparkles.