VANTEEN 12-25-26  12-21-06
 

My Life As An Outdoor Showman
 

I graduated from Chavez School of Manual Dexterity and Prestidigitation in Los Angeles, CA. in April, 1948. I spent the next ten years working with various sideshows on carnivals and circuses. Beginning in 1959 I had my own 10-in-1 sideshow, touring with carnivals throughout the U.S. and Canada for over thirty years. I'll be using this site to tell some stories from my life during those times; my many varied adventures as an outdoor showman, illusionist, and prestidigator.
 

- Luna


DEAR FRIENDS PLEASE NOTE: On the evening of December 21, 2006, just 5 days short of his 80th birthday and surrounded by his family, Vanteen passed quietly of natural causes at the home of his daughter in Three Points, Arizona. I was not present as I was again in the hospital due to my ongoing battle with ovarian cancer. I wish to thank all those who have visited this site over the years and enjoyed it. Be assured that I will keep the site on the web as an archive, so that others who are interested in this now-vanished lifestyle can read about it from someone who lived it firsthand.

 

My sincere thanks to everyone who visits here!

 

 - Luna
 

Above, a photo of Van with "Billiard Balls" - one of his specialties - taken during his Chavez days, when he performed his act evenings at nite clubs in the LA area.
 


 

Tales of an Outdoor Showman

 

The Early Years:

My Start in Magic.
 

Touring Coast to Coast:

1950-58

 

The Circus of the Fantastic:

1959-1963

 

More Circus of the Fantastic:

1964-1970

 

Beyond the Circus of the Fantastic:

1970 to the Present

 

My Grind Show Days:

1971 thru 1987

 

Tidbits from along the Way:

and other stuff I just plain forgot!
 

 

Vanteen

amazingvanteen@yahoo.com
Amazing Vanteen's Pocket Magic Shop
Catalina, AZ

 


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