A Little More About
The Versatile Artist
American Larry Benner - The Versatile Artist Supreme
novelty performer Larry Benner (born Dec. 29, 1900, passed
away in the 1970's) of Miamisburg, Ohio, son of a musician.
Larry started out as a professional violinist in Chicago. He
later played the musical saw as well as a 27 note set of
Shaker chimes. His chimes are now showcased at the Circus
World Museum (426 Water St., Baraboo, WI 53913). He also had a
flea circus, did magic tricks and had a puppet show. One of
his amazing acts was: he tore newspapers while he told a
story, and when the story finished he would open the sheet of
paper and there would be a circle of elephants and other
figures that pertained to the story he just told.
years Larry clowned in clubs and parks and with the Barnett
Circus, Sparks Circus and Sells-Floto Circus (a combination of
the Floto Dog & Pony Show and the Sells Brothers Circus that
toured with sideshow acts).
also sang comedy songs and strummed a guitar, was a hit with
Punch & Judy shows and had a ventriloquist act where he
yodled with his dummy "Jerry". Larry had a studio
in the Lyon and Healey building where he gave lessons. His
students won prizes. Larry also had his own orchestra with
which he toured.
entertained at Riverview, White City (amusement park) and at
the World's Fair. He put on illusions and starred on medicine
shows, in black face and in Dutch comedies.
words of James Madison, Larry was "This artist versatile is
master at his art which is to charm the mind and to enrich the
Larry's nieces, Jane and Saron, for providing info about
uncle Larry Benner.
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