Kiwanis Club members pose to promote their upcoming benefit performance of Birch Master Magician and Company at Central High School Oct. 17, 1962.
A sign on the wooden box reads:
Challenge! The Southeast Missouri Lumber Co. challenges Birch to escape from the strong packing box. Box will be resealed on the stage by a committee from the audience. Birch accepts the challenge.
An advertisement notes the admission prices: Adults $1, children 50 cents.
The Cape Girardeau Kiwanis Club had also sponsored his show in 1947. According to a story in the Southeast Missourian, "the show will feature Princess, the vanishing pony; packing box escape; the silk mirage, canary and mazda lamp, Mabel Sperry, outstanding young xylophonist and other performers. The show comes here with stage settings valued at $20,000."
According to Wikipedia, MacDonald Birch was a headliner for over 50 years, retiring in the 1960s.
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