This blog by mikl-em (I played Sugarchurch) features Stuff about carnival sideshows, the 1800's to 1930’s, Vaudeville, clowns, freaks, silent film, or whatever else seems to fit.
A ditzy American girl visiting Monte Carlo is hired by a tennis champ to be his “cardboard lover”—to pretend to be in love with him so he can teach his two-timing fiancé a lesson and win her back. What he doesn’t realize is that the girl isn’t pretending—she actually is in love with him, and she sets out to win him for herself.
BLACK HOUDINI | 1920s. Black magician and his assistants. From the book “A True Likeness: The Black South of Richard Samuel Roberts 1920-1936.” Credit: South Carolina ETV. via blackhistoryalbum