[Introducing Janaya Kizzie, a volunteer and guest blogger; -R. Ring]
In 1970, the widow of John H. Percival, magician of reknown, generously donated his working collection of books to the PPL. His collection includes bound volumes of the early issues of The Barnstormer, the publication of the Society of American Magicians’ Boston Assembly. Displayed here is a circular within the first bound volume, ca. 1938, inviting members of the Boston Assembly (also known as Assembly #9) to the “house warming” of their new meeting space (later nicknamed “The Barn”).
Looking through the pages of the Barnstormer, one can see the camaraderie and love of performance the members of the Boston Assembly had. During meetings they performed for their peers, discussed goings-on in the magician community, and shared ideas. Above all, humor played a big role in the pages of the Barnstormer, and that humor is reflected in this circular. Serious and dedicated performers, Assembly #9 never forgot the importance of laughter.