John Van Camp
|John Van Camp|
|Born||January 15, 1877|
Van Camp was famous for working with pigs and was known as "The Barnyard Magician" 
In 1913, he performed in Australia and New Zealand. His show included a torn and restored paper routine, canaries making an invisible flight to their cage, the production of a little pig from a hat. The show ended with a boxing bout between two little pigs.
In later years, he invented the 'Pig Slide,' seen at seaside resorts and fairs. Three baseballs for a dime were paid by spectators to throw. If they hit the right spot a door opens and pig came out. They would slide down and run back in.