The Life and Times of Augustus Rapp: The Small Town Showman

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Gus Rapp was a magician, mentalist, juggler, ventriloquist, puppeteer and actor -- a roving entertainer in search of an audience. He spent nearly 60 years as a wandering showman in the villages of the Midwest and rural South during the 1890s and early decades of the 20th century. At the grand old age of 89 Rapp began his amusing and curiously readable autobiography about life on the road by writing, "I was born dead." Illustrated with photographs and playbills.

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"A wealth of anecdotes and a selection of old portraits and playbills help to make this a uniquely interesting book." --Vincent Starrett, Chicago Tribune, November 2, 1959

"Rapp contributed a great deal to his world... if only for the brief time between curtain up and curtain down." --Robert Lund, American Museum of Magic newsletter, 1987

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