The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam

Magical Life of Long Tack Sam book coverVaudeville did rise and vaudeville did fall. Popular entertainment went from on-stage to on screen. Idols from the cabaret era went from full-houses to being shelved under forgotten, as was the case with Long Tack Sam. The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam is Ann Marie Fleming’s attempt to write an illustrated memoir, a graphic novel extraordinaire, that would bring her great-grandfather back into the lexicon of pop culture. With the use of photos, timelines, illustrations, handbills and newspaper clippings, Fleming traces Long Tack Sam’s life, from his birth in 1885 in a rural Chinese village, to his rise as a premier acrobat and magician, to his renown as on opening act for the Marx Brothers and even as a mentor to Orson Welles.