Moi-Yo Miller

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Moi-Yo Miller
Moi-Yo Miller.jpg
Miller in 1948
Born
Mona Loretta Miller

(1914-04-24)April 24, 1914
Died18 September 2018(2018-09-18) (aged 104)
NationalityAustralian
OccupationIllusionist, magic assistant
EmployerDante the Magician

Moi-Yo Miller was the stage name of Mona Loretta Miller (24 April 1914 – 7 October 2018),[1][2] an Australian entertainer who toured the world as a magician's assistant and illusionist of the stage magician Dante (a.k.a. Harry Jansen), during the Golden Age of Magic of the 1930s and 1940s[3]

Biography[edit]

Miller was born in Geelong[3] She first met Dante (aka Harry Jansen) while still in her late teens when she was appearing in a musical revue in Melbourne. Dante had decided to recruit an Australian girl as an assistant after, in his words, "he saw in Melbourne more beautiful women per square block than he had seen in any other part of the World".[4]

Miller dated Dante's son, Bill, and went on to work with Dante, staying with him for the rest of his performing career. She very quickly became his main assistant and an integral part of his show Sim Sala Bim. She was often billed as "Australia's Most Beautiful Woman".[4] She once estimated that she had been sawed in half around 11,800 times during her career.[5]

Miller became highly regarded among professional magic performers and is widely cited as one of the all-time great magic assistants.[6] She features in the 2008 documentary movie, Women in Boxes, which explores the vital role of assistants in magic.[7][8] In 1993 she received the Dragon Award presented by the J. Marberger Stuart Foundation.[9] She celebrated her 100th birthday in 2014.[10] A public art mural of Miller’s face was created by artist Michael Cassar in June 2016 on the corner of James St and Minns Lane, Geelong.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sim Sala Bim: It's Moi-Yo magic". Retrieved 2 October 2010. She was born Mona Loretta Miller in 1914, the start of World War 1.
  2. ^ Ryan, Jemma. "Geelong-born illusionist Moi-Yo Miller dies aged 104". www.geelongadvertiser.com.au. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  3. ^ a b "Dante on stage with Moi-Yo Miller". National Picture Library of Australia. Archived from the original on 18 September 2008. Retrieved 9 April 2009.
  4. ^ a b "Australia's Most Beautiful Woman With Dante: Miss Moi-yo Miller". kingofmagicians. Retrieved 9 April 2009.
  5. ^ "Reviews...Women in Boxes". MasterMath. Retrieved 9 April 2009.
  6. ^ "Women In Magic". magictricks.com. Retrieved 9 April 2009.
  7. ^ "Women in Boxes". WIB LLC. Retrieved 9 April 2009.
  8. ^ Women in Boxes on IMDb
  9. ^ "1993 Dragon Award - Moi Yo Miller and Arturo Montes". J. Marberger Stuart Foundation. Retrieved 9 April 2009.
  10. ^ Happy 100th Birthday Moi Yo Miller

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