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Vaudevisuals interview with Karen McCarty – “Gladys Farkas”

Interview with 'Healthy Humor' co-founder Karen McCarty. Talking about her grandmother Gladys Farkas who performed with Rose's Royal Midgets. Continue reading...
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“A Clown in Our Town” – A Tribute to Rob Torres

A Clown in Our Town -  A Tribute to Rob Torres
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Rob Torres was one of the funniest and most professional clowns in the world. Having performed in over 80 countries throughout his life, he brought laughter to thousands if not millions of people creating a fan base that was truly world-wide.
Tragically in late June, Rob suddenly passed away of a heart attack while flying to his engagement in Boston, Massachusetts.
Rob and I were working on a book project tentatively titled “A 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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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: ‘Dawn of the New Everything’ – Jaron Lanier

Dawn of the New Everything: Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality
by Jaron Lanier

“Essential reading, not just for VR-watchers but for anyone interested in how society came to be how it is, and what it might yet become.”  ―The Economist
Named one of the best books of 2017 by The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, & Vox
The father of virtual reality explains its dazzling possibilities by reflecting on his own lifelong relationship with technology
Bridging the gap between Continue reading...

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Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – ‘Fantasyland’ by Kurt Andersen

“This is an important book—the indispensable book—for understanding America in the age of Trump. It’s an eye-opening history filled with brilliant insights, a saga of how we were always susceptible to fantasy, from the Puritan fanatics to the talk-radio and Internet wackos who mix show business, hucksterism, and conspiracy theories.”
Walter Isaacson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Leonardo da Vinci

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER •
“The single most important explanation, and Continue reading...

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Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “The Magician and the Cinema”

Inside of book jacket flap.
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Erik Barnouw (Tube of Plenty et al.) tells an engaging story to introduce this scholarly lark: in high school, Barnouw catalogued magician John Mulholland's books on magic and, meeting him decades later, mentioned "how often, in exploring film history, I had come across names I had first met in his books. Had magicians had a larger role in the evolution of motion pictures than was generally recognized?".  A rhetorical question, it quickly seems, as Barnouw Continue reading...

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The Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “Gimme a Thrill” by Noah Diamond

I usually post 'The Vaudevisuals Bookshelf' once a week but this week is 'Special'.
The publication of Noah Diamond's new book "Gimme A Thrill".
I will let you read the text on Amazon since I am a photographer mostly!
A BROADWAY LEGEND OF 1924 Includes more than eighty rare photographs, some published here for the first time. Before they made the films which are their principal legacy, the Marx Brothers were the stars of three Broadway musicals in the 1920s. Two of these, The Cocoanuts and Animal Continue reading...

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P. T. Barnum: America’s Greatest Showman

"In 1842, [P.T. Barnum had a chance encounter with] that miniature concoction, who was to make him rich beyond belief and famous beyond his wildest dreams. Four-year-old Charles S. Stratton was no bigger than a doll. All at once, at seven months, measuring 25 inches and weighing 15 pounds, the child had simply stopped growing. ... Sherwood Stratton, the boy's carpenter father, was only too happy to rent his little son out for a trial month at $3.00 a week plus room and board. ... Barnum whisked Continue reading...