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Theatrical and circus life; (1893) (14743133726)


Theatrical and circus life; (1893) (14743133726)



Identifier: theatricalcircus00je (find matches)
Title: Theatrical and circus life;
Year: 1893 (1890s)
Authors: Jennings, John Joseph, 1853-1909. (from old catalog)
Subjects: Theater Circus
Publisher: Chicago, Laird & Lee
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
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and John shares thatbelief in common with even the humblest Roman ofthem all who parades his scraggy shanks nightly inridiculous contrast with the heroic legs of the trage-dian. John T. Raymond, while believing faithfully in allthe regular signs and omens of the stage, has his ownspecial claims to hog em, using the stage vernacu-lar. He has only one suit of clothes for ColonelSellers, and would not have any other under any cir-cumstances. It would change his luck from good tobad. Remark, he says, there never was a successcontinued where a play was entirely re-costumed.The public interest began to flag always in some mys-terious way from the time the new dresses came on.It is the old story of old wine in new bottles. Thewine will burst the bottles. Theres going to be noburst with my wine. I stick to my old clothes as longas they will stick to me, -; r! ; 128 STAGE CHARMS AND OMENS. He has also a lucky $5 gold piece, which he alwayscarries in his vest pocket on the stage, whatever part
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CATHERINE LEWIS. he is playing, and when he is nervous and fearful oflack of appreciation he has only to rub his magic coin STAGJy CHARMS AND OMENS. 129 to make everything lovely. In getting but of bed hewill not slip out with the left foot first, lest he mayhave bad luck all the day. His dreams decide his ac-ceptance of a play, and when he is puzzled betweentwo methods of working up a point, he is perfectlysatisfied to settle it by the toss up of a cent. Joe Jefferson is also impressed with the magicalpotency of old clothes. He has never changed hisfirst Rip Van Winkle suit, but he has been forcedto have it patched and renovated. His hat, wig, beardand trick rifle —the one that falls to pieces afterhis long sleep — are the same that he used when he madehis great success in the part in London fifteen yearsago. He mislaid this gun last season, just before heplayed at the Fifth Avenue Theatre, and was forced toget another. That engagement was his first failure,and a bad one. He has





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