John Van Camp

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John Van Camp
BornJanuary 15, 1877
Rochester, Pennsylvania
Died?

John "Jack" Van Camp (1877-?) born at Rochester, Pennsylvania, began performing magic in 1901. He was also a ventriloquist and assisted by his wife.[1]

Biography

Van Camp was famous for working with pigs and was known as "The Barnyard Magician" [2]

In 1913, he performed in Australia[3] and New Zealand[4]. 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. [5]

References

  1. Mahatma Vol 8, No. 6 (December 1904).
  2. MAGICAL REMINISCENCES OF THE LOS ANGELES SOCIETY OF MAGICIANS By Frank Fewins Linking Ring December 1929
  3. Magical Nights at the Theatre By Charles Waller (1980) 297 pages
  4. New Pentagram Vol. 11 page 96.
  5. The Kid Glove By Silent Mora, Sphinx, Nov 1944
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