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Street Show, Sideshow, Stage Show

October 7, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Novelty & Variety Entertainment and its Spread


Sunday, October 7th at 1:00 pm


Speaker: James Taylor


Tickets to this program include Museum admission – Buy Now


JMM Members – Reserve Your Seats




Throughout the ages, novelty & variety entertainment has been humanity’s mainstay, predating all our modern forms of organized amusement and entertainment. Magicians and other variety talent have filled that role as street performers, dime museum attractions, and as the stars of circus and carnival sideshows. Harry Houdini’s career straddled the golden age of such entertainment and helped define much…. but not all of it. James Taylor overviews that era and its attractions, putting the oldest form of human entertainment into its proper place in show biz history.


This program is presented in relation to theĀ Inescapable: The Life and Legacy of Harry HoudiniĀ exhibit, on display June 24, 2018 – January 21, 2019.


October 7, 2018
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm