Magic Clips: Al De Lage on "To Tell the Truth" TV Program

Posted by Peter Monticup on 7/31/2020 to Magic Movies

AL DE LAGE on TO TELL THE TRUTH 1960

How sharp are your deduction skills?
The amazing Al De Lage was one of the challengers on the longrunning game show "To Tell the Truth" in 1960.
Here is the complete segment from that show with host Bud Collyer and panelists Tom Poston, Kitty Carlisle, Ralph Bellamy, and Polly Bergen.
Can you guess which man is the REAL Al De Lage??

Al De Lage (1914-1998) was one of the professional magicians who influenced me the most.
Billing himself as "America's Fastest Magician", his whirlwind show featured at least 20 magic effects, all presented to perfection in his highly entertaining and personality-filled show.
I saw him in person when I was just starting my career, around the age of 11 or 12.
His speedy but very precise style was breathtaking to me, and I tried to copy some of his routines to use in my show.
Needless to say, his routines were not very effective when performed by an inexperienced young magician!
So I learned a big lesson from Al De Lage: even the world's speediest show takes a long time to perfect!

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