Ruth Dore (?-?)


Born Ruth S. Levy, Ruth Dore, also known as Ruth Dore Ballard, was a female magician who flourished in the 1940's. She was the daughter of professional sleight-of-hand magician, Theo Dore.

Ruth started dabbling in magic at the age of 5. At 12 years old, she entered a city-wide contest for magicians. She performed the outdoor stage in New York City's Central Park and pulled rabbits out of a hat. She also performed tricks with a lit candle and handkerchief.

During her act, her lit candle was blown out by the wind. Luckily, someone came along and provided her with a box of matches; she relit the candle, and went on to win first prize.

Before the competition, she would perform occasionally for parties and clubs. However, after her win, her popularity grew garnering her multiple bookings for various events, including an audition for Broadway. She has also performed at the Normandie Roof of the Mount Royal Hotel in Montreal, Canada.

Known for her sleight-of-hand and conjuring skills, Ruth was the youngest magician to be admitted to the S.A.M. and the youngest U.S.O. performer back in World War II. She was also an accomplished concert pianist.


Information, courtesy of Magical Memoirs by Theo Dore, Genii 1967 October, The Sunday Morning Star - Nov 27, 1938, The Miami News - Jul 11, 1943, Billboard Nov 20, 1943.





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