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:



The Circus of the Fantastic:



More Circus of the Fantastic:



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!


Amazing Vanteen's Pocket Magic Shop
Catalina, AZ


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