Theatrical and Circus Life: Or, Secrets of the Stage, Green-room and Sawdust Arena (Google eBook)

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Sun Publishing Company, 1882 - Circus - 608 pages
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Page 456 - I'm COMING! coming!! coming!!! From this illustration the student may proceed to try the second voice. No. II. VOICE No. 2. This is the more easy to be acquired. It is the voice by which all ventriloquists make a supposed person speak from a long distance, or from or through the ceiling. In the first place, with your back to the audience, direct their attention to the ceiling by pointing to it, or by looking intently at it. Call loudly, and ask some question, as though you believed a person to...
Page 534 - There never was such a hatful Of silver, and gold, and notes; People are not always penniless Because they don't wear coats! And then, "Three cheers for the baby!
Page 148 - He had been very ill throughout the winter, and was utterly unfit to sustain the fatigue and excitement of such a night ; but he went through the part, dying as he went, until he came to the "farewell...
Page 452 - ... they had bestowed on his memory. Suddenly a voice was heard, apparently proceeding from the roof of the choir, lamenting the situation of the defunct in purgatory, and reproaching the brotherhood with their lukewarmness and want of zeal on his account. The friars, as soon as their astonishment gave them power to speak, consulted together, and agreed to acquaint the rest of the community with this singular event, so interesting to the whole society.
Page 162 - The flashes of lightning are made of pinches of resin thrown on a flame, and the thunder is a cracker at the end of a fuse. The theatre is, moreover, furnished with little square traps, which, opening at the end, announce that the demons are about to issue from their cave. When they have to rise into the air, little demons of stuffed brown cloth are substituted for them, or sometimes real chimney-sweeps, who swing about suspended on ropes, till they are majestically lost in the rags of which I have...
Page 534 - There never was such a hatful Of silver and gold and notes, People are not always penniless Because they don't wear coats! And then, " Three cheers for the baby !" I tell you those cheers were meant, And the way in which they were given Was enough to raise the tent. And then there was sudden silence, And a gruff old miner said, "Come boys enough of this rumpus! It's time it was put to bed.
Page 162 - ... battle, and a ball* . . . Having told you what others say of this brilliant spectacle, I will now tell you what I have seen myself. Imagine an inclosure fifteen feet broad and long in proportion; this inclosure is the theatre. On its two sides are placed at intervals screens, on which are grossly painted the objects which the scene is about to represent. At the back of the inclosure hangs a great curtain painted in like manner, and nearly always pierced and torn, that it may represent at a little...
Page 112 - I never stick. I always say something and get on, and no one has hissed me yet ! " It was probably this performer, who, during his impersonation of Macbeth, finding himself at a loss as to the text soon after the commencement of his second scene with Lady Macbeth, coolly observed : " Let us retire, dearest chuck, and con this matter over in a more sequestered spot, far from the busy haunts of men. Here the walls and doors are spies, and our every word is echoed far and near. Come, then, let's away...
Page 457 - When the voice is supposed to approach nearer, the sound must alter, to denote the progress of the movement. Therefore let the voice, at every supposed step, roll, as it were, by degrees, from the pharynx more into the cavity of the mouth, and at each supposed step contracting the opening of the mouth, until the lips are drawn up as if you were whistling. By so doing, the cavity of the mouth will be very much enlarged. This will cause the voice to be obscured, and so appear to come nearer by degrees....
Page 162 - ... incense worthy of his dignity. The agitated sea is composed of long angular lanterns of cloth and blue pasteboard, strung on parallel spits, which are turned by little blackguard boys. The thunder is a heavy cart, rolled over an arch, and is not the least agreeable instrument heard at our opera.

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