Category Archives: history

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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“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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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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