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1929 Crazy Stunts for Comedy Occasions by Harlan Tarbell

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"Crazy Stunts for Comedy Occasions" by Harlan Tarbell. Copyright 1929 by T.S. Denison & Company. Unstated first printing? The author has been referred to as "Magic's Greatest Teacher". The book includes 40 illustrations by the author, quite a few of them are in black face. A synopsis of the book, from the Introduction:

"There is a constant demand for comedy in the entertainment field, and stunts of a humorous nature are readily welcomed. To get the right sort of stunt for the proper moment is not an easy matter unless one is familiar with the professional show world. There is a species of comedy acts commonly known among show people as hokum stunts. While they appear on the surface to be of a crazy or senseless nature, yet deep analysis shows them to be carefully constructed so as to evoke laughter. Whether a stunt plays one minute or ten minutes, it should contain enough plot to stand out by itself and gain the interest of the audience...Many of the hokum stunts in this collection have been handed down for years from one generation to another...Very little has been written about them...The purpose of 'Crazy Stunts' is to present a good collection of comedy stunts that may be used in almost any kind of entertainment from a house party to a minstrel show or revue..."

Stunts include:

EATING THE GOLDFISH
A POWERFUL BLOW
BUTTONING UP THE VEST
THE HUMAN FIRE DEPARTMENT
THE MISSING FINGER
AN UP-TO-DATE SHELL GAME
ONE AMONG THE MANY
AT BOTH ENDS OF A ROPE
A UNIQUE PLANK CARRIER
THE BOLOGNA PHONE
THE ONION DETECTOR
HI-KI, THE WONDER HORSE
SAFETY FIRST
MIND READING DE LUXE
THE LIE DETECTOR
KEEP BACK THE SQUIRRELS
A COMEDY CHALK TALK
A PROVED SALARY
THE CHAMELEON SOCKS
THE BUSY WAITER
SUCH IS LIFE
THE CHINESE PADDLES
THE TRAVELING COINS
A HYPNOTIC VANISHING
AN UNEXPECTED VANISHING
A COMEDY LEVITATION

This hardcover book is in pretty good condition for it's age, but does have a couple of issues. The binding is in good shape, but the paper covering the spine is missing. Front and back covers look good, but have edgewear. The pages inside have light age tanning, some foxing present, and a few soiled areas. No spill stains or odors. The book measures and has 102 pages.

A word about shipping: U.S. shipping rate included in this listing is via media mail, slow but economical. If you need this book in a hurry, I can ship via Priority mail for a few dollars more. Please convo me for details.

1929 Crazy Stunts for Comedy Occasions by Harlan Tarbell


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