The Kid Acrobat James Bird

James Bird, N.V.A. Burial Grounds

James Bird, N.V.A. Burial Grounds

Kensico Vaudeville Project #: 7
Name: James Bird
Act: Acrobat
Born: About 1875
Died: 21 August 1935, New York City

In 1890 James Bird’s name appeared in the New York Times, and it wasn’t in the theater department. The headline says it all: “Minors in the Law’s Eyes” and tells:

“The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children… cited Marcus Jacobs and Robert Nelson, managers, respectively, of H. R. Jacobs’s Third Avenue Theatre and Nelson’s World’s Combination, to show cause why they should not be punished for being parties to the acrobatic performances in public of James Bird, George Fyfe, and Arthur Nelson, minors in the eyes of the law.”

The managers fought the charges, admitting they were juveniles but of legal age to work on the stage.

Nothing else about former acrobat James Bird is known. He died 21 August 1935, probably around age 60. He was given a burial from the National Vaudeville Association.

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  • New York Times, 6 Sept 1890, p. 5
  • Old Fulton New York Post Cards