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Leon Mandrake

Genii 1948

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There has been a real life Canadian born stage magician who use the name Mandrake the Magician. From 1939 until 1946 his wife and female assistant's stage name was "Narda" and his main male assistant's name was "Lothar". He toured extensively in the U.S. with his full evening show, with great success.

In Chicago 1947 he met and married Velvet. Under the stage name "Leon Mandrake and Company", they did theater shows and performed in the lavish night clubs of the 1940s and 1950s. While on tour, Leon met Phil Davis in St. Louis, they became fast friends and corresponded for years.

It is clear that Lee Falk first use the name "Mandrake the Magician" because in the late 30s Leon Mandrake was known under the stage name "Leon the Ventriloquist".

Lee Falk first use "Narda" in 1934 ("The Hawk" md_341126-350223) and then in three other dailies ("Saki, The Clay Camel" md_350617-351102, "The Slave Traders of Tygandi" md_360720-361128 and "Mandrake in Love" md_380912-381203) before the name turn up as a stage name.

Leon Mandrake - 1940s

It seems that Leon Mandrake had read the Mandrake daily strip "Mandrake in Love" from 12.09.38-03.12.38 and got inspired to make a stage show with Mandrake the Magician, Narda and Lothar.

They perform this show from 1939 until 1946, when Leon start to use the stage name "Leon Mandrake and Company", and while on this tour he met and become a friend of Phil Davis.

It is hard to find any panels with Mandrake the Magician that show that Phil Davis use any photos of Leon Mandrake as reference when he draw the strip.

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