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I am researching the process of performing in the Golden Age. For example, a tour of the country, or of the Continent, was typically arranged through a circuit of theaters owned or operated by a conglomerate. That would be vaudeville. In his book "Twenty years of Spoof and Bluff" the magician Carlton simply describes getting booked at a theater as more a matter of individual circumstances, rather than arranged tours. He went to Italy, performed and got a contract, then had arrangements at other theaters. His agent called to other countries, etc.

Specifically, in researching Dante, I read that Thurston hired him to put together a "2nd" show. Thurston had 2 shows...

I am writing to ask if anyone on the Café has some insight on how this worked. In a large city, did Thurston simply perform double the amount of shows, in order to cater to audience members who wanted to see something new?

The time period I am looking at would be around the time of Blackstone and Thurston. 1910-1935 or therabouts.
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I'm guessing that the 2nd unit shows played smaller markets
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I think Ken Griffins book "Illusion Show know how"-has some information on booking tours - we have a photo in it( in the 60's) and toured with Ken and Bert for a season - booked mosly by Clubs---Chamber of Commerce-Kawainis- Lions- etc etc. Helps??-- Ralph & Anna Rousseau (russo)
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