Abbotts Halloween Special

SPOOKSTERS OF MAGIC PAST AND PRESENT

Ray-Mond Voo Doo Show 1953

by Bill Pitts

The Ray-Mond Voodoo and Midnight Spook Show was in Fort Smith, Jan. 31. Ray-Mond presents a pretty nice show compared to many of the midnight thrillers. With four assistants Ray-Mond opened with the Cane to Silk, performed some cigarette manipulations with the usual tossing aways and reproductions interspersed throughout the first act. The Rice Bowls with confetti instead of the usual rice, Squared Circle, Gloves to Bouquet, flower production from foulard, rabbit production and vanish, Cut and Restored Rope, and series of very nice card manipulations were among the many magical effects in the show. While Ray-Mond severed the head of a boy from the audience with a Buzz Saw, weird creatures ran amuck amid the screams and laughter of the audience. The show closed with a short "spook" presentation, but with certain lights left on in the back of the theatre a number of effects were left out of the show. All in all, Ray-Mond presented one of the best spook type shows we have seen. He made three changes of costume while the assistants made about seven. Ray-Mond is from Maryland and has a number of bookings throughout the southern states.



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