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Lefty Ventriloquest Hand Puppet

Lefty Ventriloquest Hand Puppet

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Description (Brief)
.Known as Lefty, this glove or hand puppet is a replica of a white rabbit created by magician and ventriloquist Jay Marshall while touring with the USO during World War II.. Originally made from a khaki glove, the glove was a creation of necessity as Marshall could not carry a full size dummy in a duffle bag. In 1946 he created his new rabbit using a white glove, button eyes, attached cardboard ears and a black inked mouth. Using his left thumb and index figure to manipulate the rabbit, Marshall used the figure as a dummy rather than a puppet and threw his voice into Lefty's mouth.
This duo appeared regularly in Las Vegas and on the Ed Sullivan television show, as well as on stages in England and Australia. Marshall retired Lefty in 1975 and donated him to the Museum in 1980.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Date made
Marshall, Jay
Marshall, Jay
Steinway and Sons
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Physical Description
cotton (body material)
plastic (eyes material)
black (eyes color)
inked (mouth production method/technique)
black (mouth color)
cardboard (ears material)
cotton (ears material)
overall: 8 1/2 in x 8 1/2 in; 21.59 cm x 21.59 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Jay Marshall
Television broadcasts
Magic shows
World War II
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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