Not your everyday hillbilly performer, but nonetheless, you know by now
that the hillbilly music era encompassed quite a variety of entertainment.
Tim was a 'magician of renown throughout the middle west'. He did his
magic at venues such as the State Fairs, theatres and other celebrations.
In 1947 or so, he was a member of the cast of the Brush Creek Follies, heard
every Saturday night over KMBC out of Kansas City, Missouri.
They said he opened his act with a phrase ... "It's fun to be fooled" and
usually the audience would find they agreed with him by the time he was done.
One of his specialties was the 'cut-and-restored rope' trick that had
twice won him national honors. He did the usual card tricks and rabbits from the
hat tricks, too. He also did one of the more difficult magical tricks they called
the "Vanishing Birdcage".
His career was said to have started on stage at an early age and they called
him 'Boy Wonder' back then.
As magic is a visual medium, it shows that the old radio shows had something for
everyone, including the audience in person. And the radio audience would somehow
have to imagine what they were missing.