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Born Oct 02, 1897 Lemonweir, Juneau, Wisconsin- Died Feb 5, 1962, Santa Monica, California
Although Dell claimed to be born Oct. 20, 1902, in Kansas, USA, our research at DellODell.com and the Houdini Museum into the file of the Wisconsin Births and Christenings, 1826-1926 for Newton finds that...
in Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C00315-7 System Origin: Wisconsin-EASy Source Film Number: 1302882 Reference Number: item 2-3 p 96 2188
she was born to Father's Name: William Newton, and Mother's Name: Weston Forand on 02 Oct 1897 in Lemonweir, Juneau, Wisconsin.
Not surprising as what woman would have wanted to list their birth date as before the turn of the century!!! Our apologies to Dell.
Dell O'Dell was the stage name of Nell Odella Newton, an American magician who is regarded as one of the few pioneers who provided a role model for modern female performers. She was one of the most successful female magicians of the first half of the 20th Century. She specialized in snappy and cute rhyming patter, a quick wit and lots of promotional material.
Dell O'Dell is noted for being one of the first magicians, male or female, to appear on television. For a time she called herself "The Funsation Femagician." At the height of her career she was billed as "The Queen of Magic." 
Nell Newton was known to her family as Odelia or Della. O'Dell grew up in Kansas and early on learned performance skills from her father and other entertainers.
Nell Newton's father worked in and ran large circuses, one of thee first to truck them around the mid west. Dell probably, early on, worked in the "girlie shows".
O'Dell grew up in this surrounding for a while, before moving on to juggling and magic. Her father was well known in the fielld. William "Lucky Bill" Newton operated the as "Lucky Bill" Show from 1880 to 1917, his son, Dell O'Dell's half brother, William Newton, Jr. used the "Honest Bill" Show title 1903-17, in 1918, 1920 and 1922. Bill Newton, Jr. also called his show "Honest Bill-Lucky Bill".
She learned to do juggling and acrobatics at an early age, becoming an advocate of womens health and physical fitness later. As a young woman, she combined educational heath-related lectures with demonstrations using originally designed exercise gadgets. As a teenager, O'Dell became fanatical about exercise. She developed a sort of "strong-woman act" and claimed the title Miss Physical Culture. In her shows at the time, her finish was balancing a 6 foot divan on her chin.