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[quote] On 2010-08-07 01:04, Mr. Pitts wrote: I found some stuff on Tommy Windsor's pitch act. Inexpensive too, I'm going to order some of these. https://midwestmagic.net/shop/category.asp?catid=349 Tom Jorgenson's book is good too http://www.elmwoodmagic.com/full/books-medicine-show-manual-tom-jorgenson__1908.htm I've done some research on medicine shows, including some interviews with older folks who actually remember seeing them. They were an important kind of entertainment not that long ago, as late as the 1930's and 40's, in the rural south especially. Most of the time when we think of a medicine show nowdays though, we picture a kind of caricatured version of teh real thing. The documentary I think you refer to.. "Medicine Show Tonight" gives you a more accurate picture of what they were really like, especially in the later era shows. Strict adherance to the original isn't necessary of course, but I think being informed by the actual history can give you a better foundation for building an interesting and entertaining take on the medicine show. Plus it's just interesting. My medicine show is mostly a ventriloquist act. I call it "The Laughter is the Best Medicine Show" I chose a 1930's era look to the costuming and I work it like a suitcase pitch act. I'm developing some pitchbooks and other items to actually sell in the show. I've booked it a few times now, once as a strolling act at a folk festival, and it went over well. It's still in development but it's coming along and I'm enjoying the process. [/quote]
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