Film, Video Punch & Judy in America

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Punch & Judy in America
Mark Walker (a.k.a. "Professor Horn") discusses the classic Punch and Judy puppet show. The earliest known Punch and Judy show in Maryland was by an itinerant conjuror noted in January 1783 in Fell's Point, Baltimore, offering sleight-of-hand skills and "a whimsical play starring Punchinello." In April 1897, James Edward Ross learned the show from magician and puppeteer Spaff Hyman at Pat Harris's Dime Museum on Baltimore Street. Ross took the stage name "Professor Rosella," and presented Punch & Judy puppet shows throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Rosella was seen by foreign diplomats, national dignitaries, and even president Franklin D. Roosevelt, who said Rosella performed the best Punch & Judy show he had ever seen. Rosella taught the art of Punch & Judy to other entertainers, among them George Horn, who became a noted Punch & Judy performer at the famous Club Charles in Baltimore. In 1963, Mark Walker saw Horn's act as part of a school group. It made a lifelong impression, and 20 years later Walker learned the act from Horn and received his blessing to continue this unbroken Maryland tradition using the stage name "Professor Horn."
Event Date
May 02, 2018
Running Time
28 minutes, 4 seconds
Online Format
online text

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