Yiengst's Magic Circus - Friday, April 3, 2015

If you are from south-central Pennsylvania, there is a good chance you have heard of Barry Yiengst and the Yiengst's Magic Circus.  They have performed throughout the country, but they are headquartered just west of the American Treasure Tour.  Barry himself is a magician.  He entertains people of all ages with acts as far ranging as Houdini-esque escape routines and salt shaker-themed illusions.  During the 1980's, the Magic Circus featured Barry's wife Janette and her black-lit marionette circus, as well.

The Yiengst's sign on display at the American Treasure Tour is located directly above our Denney Kitfox airplane. (Obviously.  Where else would you expect to find something like that?)  The sign itself is very colorful and maybe a little bit weird.  In other words, it fits right in here at the Tour!
QUESTION:  What was Harry Houdini's birth name?
A)  Henry Houdini
B)  Harry Houdini
C)  Harvey Houdini
D)  Erik Weisz

WHAT DID YOU SAY, BOB?  Few criminals have - or will ever - achieved a fame comparable to that obtained by Jesse James.  The bank robberies he and his gang executed terrorized parts of the American mid-west for over a decade, but their greatest successes were from 1866 through 1876. Even Bobby Brady on the popular sitcom The Brady Bunch romanticized the exploits of the ex-guerrilla fighter, but he was ultimately reminded that the brutality of James and his gang deserved justice. It was on this day in 1882 when the outlaw met his own maker, brought down by a member of his own gang, Robert Ford, hoping to receive a reward he never obtained.

I COULD'A BEEN A...  He would'a been ninety-one if he'd lived, but alas.  Marlon Brando passed away eleven years ago.  Considered one of the best actors of his time, and certainly not one of the easiest people to get along with, Brando's resume is difficult to ignore:  The Wild One (1953), On the Waterfront (1954), The Godfather and Last Tango in Paris (both 1972), The Freshman (1990).  He was in forty-one movies during a career that spanned six decades, many of them considered classics.  Of course, genius does not always make for a happy person, or even an easy one to get along with...

QUOTE:  With women, I've got a long bamboo pole with a leather loop on the end.  I slip the loop around their necks so they can't get away or come too close.  Like catching snakes. - Marlon Brando

ANSWER:  D)  Erik Weisz, later changed to Ehrich or Harry Weisz, before, of course, Harry Houdini.