Category Archives: history

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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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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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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In Which I Visit a Museum

And there see a submarine. Some years ago, for reasons that matter not to our story, I was driving around northern New Jersey when I saw something by the side of the road.  “By golly,” I said, “that looks like … Continue reading

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Martin Van of Kinderhook

Today is the first day of our ramble down to New York for Heliosphere.  So, en passant, we visited Lindenwald, Martin Van Buren’s home in Kinderhook, NY.  Van Buren had  been Jackson’s Vice President; he went on to a term … Continue reading

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It’s Vaudeville!

This coming Saturday, March 9th, I will have the honor of appearing in the Kearsarge Conservatory of the Performing Arts (KCPA) Scholarship Fundraiser — Vaudeville Performance Saturday, March 9th, 7:00-9:00 pm Warner Town Hall, 5 East Main St, Warner, NH 03278 … Continue reading

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PseudoScience

The Universityy of Chicago gives away free e-books.  Every month there’s a new one, and they’re all swell.  This month’s freebie, I think, is one that folks who follow my blog may really like: The Pseudoscience Wars: Immanuel Velikovsky and the Birth of … Continue reading

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The Hill Case — Part 5

What We Know And How We Know It, Part 5. What We Know:  Betty and Barney Misidentified the Jack O’Lantern Resort as a Flying Saucer How We Know It: The Jack O’Lantern Resort has been located on US 3 in … Continue reading

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The Hill Case — Part 3

What We Know and How We Know It, Part 3 What we know: Betty and Barney misidentified the aircraft warning light on the top of Cannon Mountain as a flying saucer, continued. How we know it: The first time Betty … Continue reading

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The Hill Case — Part 1

What We Know and How We Know It, Part 1: What We Know: Betty and Barney were sleep deprived on the night of 19/20 September 1961 How We Know It: They were on the back side of a twelve-hundred mile … Continue reading

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