Author Archives: jamesdmacdonald

Vermont Ren Faire

Be there, or be square! The 2019 Vermont Renaissance Faire will be held in Stowe, VT, on June 22nd and 23rd. I’ll be doing magic on the Merchant’s Stage at 3:00 pm each day, plus walking around the fair grounds … Continue reading

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The Board Having Maturely Considered These Facts….

We left the site of  Major André’s hanging and temporary grave, to journey … to lunch! We went to the Old ’76 House (110 Main St, Tappan, NY 10983 (41°01’18.3″N 73°56’52.6″W (41.021752, -73.947940)), a half-mile away, which was the place … Continue reading

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More Unfortunate Than Criminal…

Now Arnold to New York has gone, A-fighting for his King, And left poor Major André On the gallows for to swing. From the place where Major André came ashore to the place where he was hanged is just 22 … Continue reading

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Meanwhile, in Chicago ….

Event:Music Institute Chorale Concert Come Rain or Come Shine A Celebration of the Joys of Nature Featuring special guest Raúl Fernández, percussion Date:  Sunday June 9 2019, 3:00 PM Location:  Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston Contact:  847.905.1500 or www.musicinst.org/chorale Ticket Cost:  $15 adults; $10 … Continue reading

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“An Accomplished Man and a Gallant Officer….”

Although I grew up in the area I had never paid much attention to this part of American history.  I therefore determined that, since I was once again in southern New York for a science fiction convention that I would … Continue reading

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Want a Tip? Stay Out of Show Business.

BREAKING INTO THE VAUDEVILLE GAME by David J. Lustig (Knowledge and  Inside Dope Which Will Aid the Amateur To Become  a Vaudeville Artiste.) I have received numerous letters from people in all walks of life asking me how one goes … Continue reading

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Where I’ll Be This Weekend

We’re talking the 18th and 19th of May. I’ll be in Fremont, NH, at the New Hampshire Renaissance Faire, doing magic. Come find me, say “Amaze me!” and I’ll do my best.  Remember the magic words: Hey, Kids, Don’t Try … Continue reading

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A Complete Silk Act

One of the perennial topics in these parts goes something like this: “I’ve signed up for a talent show. What should I do?” Let me make a suggestion, under the rubric “everything old is new again.” In Jean Hugard‘s Silken Sorcery (1937), … Continue reading

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Nowhere Near Fun

Originally posted on Madeleine Robins:
I remember the Big Three of Childhood Diseases because I had all of them. I am of that vintage where I was young enough to be vaccinated against smallpox and polio (for which I am…

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That’s Entertainment!

From Miscellaneous Handkerchief Tricks That You Can Do : Including a fifteen minute act “The Silky Slicker” by George De Lawrence, published by Gerald Heaney, Berlin, Wisconsin, 1921.  Pages 32-33. You absolutely cannot succeed in these modern days of “jazz” … Continue reading

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