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GEORGE JASON figure The Platform's Most Versatile Entertainer ... Star of Stage, Screen and Radio, a Noted Broadway Comedian, who Uses Magic as a Vehicle for His Humor ... An Amazing Concert Pianist ... A One-Man Vaudeville Show Presenting A PROGRAM OF MIRTH, MUSIC AND MAGIC... THE REDPATH BUREAU KIMBALL BUILDING Chicago 4, Ill. Phone: Harrison 7-8723 24 W. 45th St., Suite 5-N New York 19, N. Y. Phone: MUrray Hill 7-7073 GEORGE JASON GEORGE JASON'S program is a refreshing change from the conventional. Skillful magic, hillarious humor and fine music are blended with intelligence and a most fascinating personality. The result is a delightful, diversified and thoroughly entertaining performance. Whether he plays a Nocturne by Chopin or demonstrates his mystifying magic or tells his inimitable stories, George Jason displays the same flawless technique and good taste, and infuses the whole performance with his infectious high spirits. As an actor, he has appeared is such plays as Caviar for the General with Sydney Blackmer, A Gift for the Birde with Luise Rainer, and Without Rhyme or Reason with Bert Wheeler. As a concert pianist, he has been acclaimed by the most critical audiences. As a humorist, he is original and devastatingly funny. With his mirth, music and magic he's called a one-man vaudeville show, which never fails to delight any audience. George Jason was born in Tiflis, capital of the Republic of Georgia in the Caucasus of Russia, just 50 miles from where Joseph Stalin first saw the light of day. Young Jason came from a well-to-do family and was given every educational opportunity. He began the study of piano for the concert stage at an early age. While attending high school he came in contact with some magicians of the Orient, who taught him the secrets of magic. But above all, he wanted to get away to America, for he felt that Georgia was not large enough for both him and Stalin. In 1921 he left Tiflis and finally reached Canada. However, on arrival, he discovered to his dismay that his funds were insufficient and that he had no sponsor. He was about to be deported, when a plumber, working in the room where Jason was practicing on an old rickety piano, learned his story and saved him by getting a wealthy motion picture owner to hire Jason and stand sponsor to him. When he had saved a little money, he entered Queens University, working his way with his piano playing and his magic. For three years he was the Canadian intercollegiate heavyweight wrestling champion. Upon graduation he received a BS degree in engineering. Later he was given a degree in pedagogy from the University of Toronto. Following his university career, he held teaching positions in two colleges. George Jason began his career in New York as a successful actor. Then came the war. He and his wife headed up a USO Unit that covered war camps all around the world. They were extremely popular. At the war's close it was his pleasure to give performances for President and Mrs. Roosevelt both at Hyde Park and the White House. As a television star, George Jason makes frequent appearances on NBC, CBS and GE at Schenectady. Active in the Professional Magicians Guild of America, he has served as president for two years. He is a member of the Musicians Union and a prominent member of the Lambs Club. THEY ALL RAVE ABOUT GEORGE JASON Rechester, N. Y., Kodak Foremen's Club His versatility as a comedian, concert pianist, and magician was most astounding. Rockford, Ill., Rotary Club, Stanton E. Hyer The one-man vaudeville show he put forth was as funny and as entertaining a program as the Club has ever had. Angola, Ind., Talk of the Hour Club. Florence Parsell His program was one of delight and amazement. We laughed with him, were sincerely sympathetic when his feats of legerdemain were apparently unsuccessful and were jubiliant when their results were even more spectacular than we had been led to forsee. His performance at the piano was superb. Bloomsburg, Pa., State Teachers College His program was just what you said it would be. It was excellent. Ft. Wayne, Ind., Indiana Technical College, Robert C. Ruhl His whole program was entertaining and was appreciated by the audience. Carmi, Ill., Talk of the Hour Club, Dr. Ray McAllister A very good entertaining program. You have a good man here, and we recommend him to any class of people. Fred Waring, Waring's Pennsylvanians Once a week for five years I watched George Jason entertain the service men at our canteen parties. HE'S WONDERFUL … WHETHER HE'S DOING MAGIC OR PLAYING THE PIANO. The Balsams, New Hampshire, District Lions Convention Such versatility has not been seen. His audience is at times brought to its feet with applause, only to roll back in their seats with laughter. Manchester, N. H., Lions Club (Ladies Night) His fast moving comedy, high class magicians art, and excellent work at the piano, left us all wanting more. Alfred, N. Y., Alfred University Excellent. A most pleasant surprise. Kendallville, Ind., News-Sun A one-man vaudeville team—George Jason—had a near hysterical crowd on his talented hands last night as he gave them 90 minutes of about everything from Milton Berle to Houdini. Larchmont, N. Y., University Club, D. A. Embury I know of no program that elicited more enthusiastic comment from our group than did George Jason's. New York, N. Y., Calvary Episcopal Church, The Rev. S. M. Shoemaker, Rector His professional performance is of the highest order, and the way he can turn from side-splitting humor to exquisite piano playing, and back again, is startling. I never heard an audience laugh more heartily, nor have I ever heard a cleaner lot of healthy fun. New York Rotary (From the Spokes ) The east ballroom of The Commodore was packed to capacity last Thursday, to laugh and applaud at the fine performance of George Jason. His program was distinctly different. New York City, The Lotos Club, William Ottman, President In my many years of membership in our Club, I never more enjoyed an evening, nor have I had better entertainment. Jay Jostyn (Mr. District Attorney) I've worked on many shows with him, and I've heard the resounding laughter and applause, and I've seen the delighted reaction of his audiences, every time.
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