Vaudeville

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Vaudeville was a genre of variety entertainment prevalent on the stage in the United States and Canada, from the early 1880s until the early 1930s. Vaudeville became one of the most popular types of entertainment in North America defining an entertainment era. Each evening's bill of performance was made up of a series of separate, unrelated acts. Types of acts included (among others) musicians (both classical and popular), dancers, comedians, trained animals, magicians, female and male impersonators, acrobats, one-act plays or scenes from plays, athletes, lecturing celebrities, minstrels, and short movies.[1]

More the four thousand magicians performed on vaudeville bills around the world including: Long Tack Sam, Howard Thurston, Joe Besser, Bert Kalmar, Cardini, Ching Ling Foo, Chung Ling Soo, Thomas Nelson Downs, Imro Fox, Jack Gwynne, Ade Duval, Emil Jarrow, Harry Blackstone, Sr., Al Baker, Carl Rosini, Horace Goldin, Harry Houdini, Theodore Hardeen, Alexander Herrmann, Frank Van Hoven, Harry Kellar, Leon Mandrake, Vasco, and The Great LaFollette.


References

  1. Article Genii 1990 February, page 489.
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