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Larry Weeks


His first great shining moment was on Broadway in Irving Berlin’s show, This Is the Army, when Larry Weeks, playing a GI on KP duty began juggling the potatoes he was supposed to peel. His moments became many as he was willingly pressed into all the production numbers and enjoyed several other scene stealing moments, twirling flags and executing a rifle drill with a mop. Throughout the Second World War, This Is the Army toured across the world, playing 1200 shows to 2,300,000 people in uniform and civilians, and it was made into a film in 1943.

After the war, Larry resumed his career in vaudeville, nightclubs, ice shows, television variety shows and Broadway musicals on tour like Carousel and Carnival—juggling clubs, balls and vegetables, twirling batons, tossing flags and whirling ribbons.  A long-time magic enthusiast, Larry produced a series of 49 quarterly Big Apple Conventions between 1966 and 1979. These events included magic seminars, film showings, dealers and collectors markets and concluded with a full length vaudeville show.