Showmen have always been an inventive breed.
They even invented words like "Transperillusion" which we see used on
the bannerline of this small magic show in 1910. One or two Wagon
shows like this one provided occasional entertainment to the residents
of small farm towns all across rural America at the turn of the
century. Here amid the dust and residual horse dung, people gather
round on Dayton Iowa's main street for the 'bally' during "Carnival
Day's". (You can just see the top of a Conderman Ferris Wheel over the
right hand banner.) This may well be the only public entertainment the
good folks of Dayton got to see for months.
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