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The Secret’s Out: Authors’ Deception Undoes New Magic History Book

!!! A Vaudevisuals Magic Exclusive Expose !!!  Exclusive Expose By Frank Joglar, Jr. When does the history of sleight-of-hand begin? “If you read a standard history of magic you learn that it began in ancient Egypt with the resurrection of a goose in front of the Pharaoh… the history of magic is full of such stories which turn out not to be true,” state authors Peter Lamont and Jim Steinmeyer in their recently published The Secret History of Magic: The True Story of the Deceptive Art. This, Continue reading...
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Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “My Brain on Fire” – Leonard Pitt

While visiting San Francisco I met up with Leonard Pitt. A former student of Etienne Decroux, prolific writer, performer, teacher and collector of all things 'Paris'. He gave me a copy of one of his books  'My Brain on Fire' and I can't recommend it enough. Wonderful reading! This is Leonard Pitt’s story of growing up the misfit in Detroit in the 1940s and 50s. In a later age he would have been put on Ritalin and paraded before psychiatrists because he couldn’t pay attention in school. Continue reading...
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SPURS – a short story by Tod Robbins

SPURS - by Tod Robbins The short story that inspired the most notorious movie ever made! - Tod Brownings 'FREAKS' # # # # # Continue reading...
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Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “Fred Allen – His Life and Wit” by Robert Taylor

A portrait of the great radio comic follows his rise to popularity from vaudeville--where he appeared as "World's Worst Juggler"--to the Broadway stage, and on to "Town Hall Tonight"--his wildly popular radio show. For two decades Fred Allen, "the man with the flat voice," was America's most brilliant radio humorist, and for a time his program was the most popular in the country. This appreciative biography, enlivened by hundreds of quotations from Allen's books, journals, letters, scrapbooks, Continue reading...
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Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – ‘Commedia dell’ Arte – An Actor’s Handbook’

Commedia dell' Arte - An Actor's Handbook by John Rudlin There has been an enormous revival of interest in Commedia dell'arte. And it remains a central part of many drama school courses. In Commedia dell'arte in the Twentieth Century John Rublin first examines the origins of this vital theatrical form and charts its recent revival through the work of companies like Tag, Theatre de Complicite and the influential methods of Jacques Lecoq. The second part of the book provides a unique practical Continue reading...
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Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “Inseparable” by Yunte Huang

With wry humor, Shakespearean profundity, and trenchant insight, Yunte Huang brings to life the story of America’s most famous nineteenth-century Siamese twins. Nearly a decade after his triumphant Charlie Chan biography, Yunte Huang returns with this long-awaited portrait of Chang and Eng Bunker (1811–1874), twins conjoined at the sternum by a band of cartilage and a fused liver, who were “discovered” in Siam by a British merchant in 1824. Bringing an Asian American perspective to this Continue reading...
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Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “The Electric Woman” by Tessa Fontaine

"The Electric Woman" by Tessa Fontaine Tessa Fontaine’s astonishing memoir of pushing past fear, The Electric Woman, follows the author on a life-affirming journey of loss and self-discovery―through her time on the road with the last traveling American sideshow and her relationship with an adventurous, spirited mother. Turns out, one lesson applies to living through illness, keeping the show on the road, letting go of the person you love most, and eating fire: The trick is there is Continue reading...
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Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “Why Only Art Can Save Us” by Santiago Zabala

Why Only Art Can Save Us: Aesthetics and the Absence of Emergency by Santiago Zabala The state of emergency, according to thinkers such as Carl Schmidt, Walter Benjamin, and Giorgio Agamben, is at the heart of any theory of politics. But today the problem is not the crises that we do confront, which are often used by governments to legitimize themselves, but the ones that political realism stops us from recognizing as emergencies, from widespread surveillance to climate change to the systemic Continue reading...
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Vaudevisuals interview with Steve Massa – ‘Slapstick Divas’

"Slapstick Divas" SLAPSTICK DIVAS by Steve Massa Click on Image for Kickstarter Campaign for Alice Howell DVD ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Other Books by Steve Massa Marcel Perez - The International Mirth-Maker by Steve Massa Lame Brains & Lunaticks/The Good, Bad and The Forgotten by Steve Massa For anyone interested in silent films and their stars these books are invaluable! # # # # # You Can Get the Book Here! Continue reading...
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Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “Richard Potter”

Richard Potter: America's First Black Celebrity Apart from a handful of exotic--and almost completely unreliable--tales surrounding his life, Richard Potter is almost unknown today. Two hundred years ago, however, he was the most popular entertainer in America--the first showman, in fact, to win truly nationwide fame. Working as a magician and ventriloquist, he personified for an entire generation what a popular performer was and made an invaluable contribution to establishing popular entertainment Continue reading...