Goodbye to Foxy Follies

Goodbye to Foxy-Follies


Oh, the memories! August 13, 1983, by Karrell Fox: “To All Attendees of the Abbott Magic Get-togethers: As many of you know … there will be no “Foxy-follies” to close the show this year. Since the “Follies” are being retired I think it only right that I voice my appreciation to the many people who have participated in the “Foxy-follies” over the last thirty years.

I was the chief … but there was one hell of a lot of Indians. The well-knowns … the little knowns … and the unknowns. I can close my eyes and see romping across this stage as part of the “Follies” … Monk Watson … Jack Gwynne … Howard Strickler … Recil … Percy … Crandall … Darney … and, of course, my old partner in fun … Duke Stern.

There have been over 400 people involved in the cast of the “Foxy-follies” over the years and that includes two generations of Blackstones … three or four generations of Gwynnes and even three generations of Foxes. I sincerely thank all of them and also, thanks to the high school staff who always closed their eyes and hoped there would be some stage left for next year.

Special thanks to all of the Abbott employees who would literally build all of the props for the Saturday night show … on Saturday morning. Thanks to the townspeople of Colon who open their homes and hearts to us each year. And, finally, to you magicians who come to Colon year after year.

So, to the over 400 good friends who dropped their dignity … rolled up their sleeves and their trouser legs … and stuffed balloons in their shirts and joined in the fun, and for all of that fun … all of the laughs … all of the applause and all of those standing ovations … my thanks … my gratitude … and most sincerely … all of my love.

A note from 1983, by Frances Ireland Marshall: “Jay Marshall thanks the many old friends and magicians who gathered at the American Museum of Magic in Marshall, Mi., on Sunday, August 14th to do him honor. The spokesman for the museum, Bob Lund, gave Jay credit for a lifetime of devotion to the betterment of magic and its allied arts, to fraternal magic, and for being a friend to magicians everywhere. Bob had erected a most interesting display of Marshallania, going back over Jay’s life through the Ed Sullivan days, the Ziegfield Follies, trade shows, the Smithsonian, his work in England, his long romance with magic collecting and his unflagging interest in keeping magic one of the lively arts … to say nothing of ventriloquism, juggling, hand shadows, and other forms of entertainment in which he is eternally interested.



Jay Marshall in 1992 with the persnickety Lefty, an Ed Sullivan regular.


The mayor of Marshall also paid him tribute and his many friends crowded around to wish him the best. Jay, in turn, admires and respects Bob and Elaine Lund immeasurably for their work with the museum, and was very touched by this tribute.”