Willard the Wizard
The Last of the Big Tent Show Magicians
By Bev Bergeron
"One of the 12 all-time books written on the subject of magic"
Bev Bergeron first saw the Willard Shows in 1940, eight years later he joined the show and began an adventure that has brought him through every facet of showbusiness.
This is a classic view of the times, seen through the affectionate eyes of a young man whose life was forever changed by the Willards.
| Beginning in Ireland about 1840 with James Willard, Elder, a magic tradition began in the Willard family. At one time there were as many as five Willard the Wizards, each performing with his own large touring show. Harry Willard was the last touring Wizard. He startled the world with his thumb tie and Spirit Cabinet. Three different 2-hour shows were performed each week. Seventeen trucks carried the mysteries. It was a period when magic theatre was enjoyed by all.|
Bev Bergeron's story of the Willard the Wizard Shows is a history of theatre, America, magic, and family. Told with reverence, awe and warmth, filled with photographs, handbills and anecdotes from others, Bev gives us a wonderful, nostalgic and amazing look at early 20th century magic theatre. This book was used by The Smithsonian Institution for research in their tribute to American Tent Theatre
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