life displayed in book!
years as a magician with circuses and carnivals
throughout the United States, there aren't many magic
tricks Howard Bone doesn't know.
doesn't mean he's about to destroy the mystery other
often mention a feat they've seen a magician do on
television and ask, "Did you see it?"
a fan as well as a retired performer, will answer yes
and wait for the inevitable next question: "How did he
do that?" He has two stock answers: "Very well" and
"With lots of practice."
But if you
want to know how Bone did his magic tricks-when he was
known as Kard-O the magician - dip into the pages of
"Hurry ... Hurry ... Hurry!"
account of life as a sideshow magician. Robert Lund,
curator of the American Museum of Magic in Marshall,
Mich., says it's "the best book of its kind ever
published by Dragon Fire & Magic and printed by Behagg &
Reeb Printers at 113 Harrriet St., gets its title from
the sideshow Talker's spiel - "hurry, hurry, hurry" to
includes escape tricks, rope tricks, sward tricks.
includes the patter that goes along with the stunts he
perfected over the years, "cleaned up," Bone explained
for family consumption.
The book also includes tips for dealing with hecklers.
performing, Bone also would drive circus and carnival
trucks, "except for the elephant truck.
keep moving around and it's too hard to keep control."
But he was
grateful to elephants once when he was driving in a
circus and stopped in a Missouri town. It had been
raining earlier, the baseball diamond where the big top
was going up was wet and Bone - following instructions
to "swing around toward the fence" - got stuck. It took
the elephants to push his truck out.
68, said a circus-carnival life "is a hard life. You're
out in all kinds of weather. You don't make much money.
It's an easy life to quit . . . . I know, I've quit 100
time, about 14 years ago, was for good because of
declining health. He returned to Evansville, his home
town, where he now lives at Buckner Tower.
Evansville Press Metro Monday, August 8, 1994