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Sun Coast Gondolier (Newspaper) - November 28, 1977, Venice, FloridaSim coast gondolier the Vole of the South county vol. 33, no. 87 a 28 pages second class postage paid at Venice Florida 33595 Tel. 813 484-2611 monday november 28,1977 published twice weekly�?15c Rush hour a the Cash registers at area stores Haven t stopped ringing lately As shoppers prepare for the upcoming Christmas Holiday. Santa has arrived to hear All about the gift wants of children like Little Matthew Minter. Photos by Sandy Gray stores see surge in sales As Christmas Holiday nears by m. B. Macfarlane Sun coast gondolier staff writer area merchants deep in gift wrap ribbons and returnable gifts report business for the forthcoming Santa season is on the upswing when compared to 1976. Most store managers told the Sun coast gondolier sales Are on the increase and reported bigger crowds than Ever before for this time of year. Some Felt cooler weather could be a Blessing and improve the trend further by getting people off the beaches and Golf courses and into the stores As Well As into the Christmas spirit. Joan Dillon manager of East of the Sun a Brickyard shopping Plaza Bookstore said a people have started Christmas shopping earlier this year and business is considerably up Over last the biggest shopping Day of the year according to the assistant manager of Bealls is the Day after thanksgiving. If that Day is Good he said the entire Christmas shopping season will usually be Good. Traditionally this is the Day when Jolly santas take up their posts in department stores and shopping centers to spend the next four weeks making promises to millions of children eagerly awaiting the longest night of the year. Meanwhile overtired merchants Are anxiously eyeing depleting inventories of fast Selling items and groaning Over still stuffed shelves of a sure sell gifts that May turn out instead to be after Christmas clearance items. Some Venice merchants whose businesses Are not enjoying the Benefit of the upward trend were of the opinion that business would be better were it not for the Competition from the Sarasota Square mall. When contacted at the mall Helen Barry proprietress of Florida wig fashions reported a business is great and getting better All the time. The mall is getting More and More crowded As we get closer to the if shopping crowds Are evidence of a Good Christmas season this one should beat All the records. He found diamonds at his feet a Venice City employee stepped out of his truck last week at the county dump and looked Down to see his Boot resting on a huge Diamond. But Robert Phillips did no to shout with excitement it his discovery he gasped in fear. The 27-year-old Public works employee had stepped on the hard scaled midsection of a deadly Diamond Back Rattlesnake. A my heart stopped beating Quot Phillips says facetiously. A pure fear went through my the frightening incident occurred wednesday when Phillips and a co worker took a Load of grass and clippings to the county facility off East Venice Avenue. Phillips who had been seated on the passengers Side trod on the five foot three Inch Viper As he descended from the truck cab. Quot i called at my Helper to come around. He stepped on the Tail while i stabbed the Rattler three times in the Back of the neck Quot the Snake killer recalled thanking heaven again that he had his trusty pocketknife along. Phillips said he got the Snake just before the Serpent bared his fangs to get him. The rattle was shaking and the head was turned when the reptile met his end. Now Over the Shock of the circus replaces director after 29 years As director of the greatest show on Earth Richard Barstow will not take his former place in the Center ring this year. Reports that the Veteran has been relieved of his duties with Ringling Bros and Barnum amp Bailey circus were confirmed Friday by a circus source. Barstow a place has been taken by Bill Bradley who will command the upcoming 108th edition of the entertainment extravaganza. Bradley has for some time served As assistant to the former director. Beginning his career As a night club dancer under the patronage of mobster a1 Capone Barstow had never even seen a circus prior to assuming the Ringling directorship. The colourful character had been a stage and television choreographer before joining the greatest show on Earth. Despite his experience and expertise in assorted show business areas Barstow claimed the circus was still the most exciting unpredictable and rewarding directorial Job in the entertainment world. Art students redesign downtown Venice area by Sheri Bridges Sun coast gondolier news editor two Ringling Art school students Are working on a theoretical plan to redesign downtown Venice to make the area More appealing and attractive to shoppers. Linda Martin an Art school senior who lives in Venice and Donna Pullen a second year student who also lives in Venice came up with the idea to fulfil the project requirements of their environmental design and graphic presentation class. Most of the students decided to redesign area malls but Linda said she wanted to bring the project a Little closer to Home. She thought downtown Venice could do with some face lifting so she and her partner geared up to do some serious thinking plotting and planning. The project is still in its initial stages but the women have definite ideas about what they a like to see done with their City a shopping Avenue. A right now the area does no to have a uniform look a Linda said. A it looks chopped. Very highest on their list of things they a like to change is the traffic flow pattern. Under their plan which is merely theoretical and not commissioned by the merchants Venice Avenue would be completely closed to vehicular traffic. The Street would be bricked and Trees and benches added to give the area the quaint look of a cozy Square. Sidewalk cafes would be included in the shoppers Paradise and a Host of other amenities would insure that visiting downtown would be a pleasant experience. Linda explained that her own daily trips Down the Avenue made her realize the place has a lot of renovation potential. A my husband works at Venice Nokomis Bank. I pick him up every Day so in a in the area More than a lot of local people a she said. A it needs to be cleaner Sleeker looking. This is the town i live in. Id like it to be the nicest the women would also like to see More establishments planned with younger people in mind. A some form of night life Quot and racquetball courts Are just two things they Are considering for inclusion in their plan. Something else Linda and Donna think would help both merchants and shoppers would be a change in the types of signs used. A i drive Down Venice Avenue and can to find a store until in be passed it a Linda noted. A think of How difficult it must be w Ith people who Arentt familiar with the they Are considering signage which identifies store types with either symbols color designations or graphic designs. By this method particular stores can be located at Quick glance. Although the plan is simply a class assignment Linda said the merchants Are interested in the project and have asked to see the presentation when its completed in january. For that reason the planners Are keeping costs in mind. That Way perhaps the merchants will be Able to turn a study project into a viable renovation program. Tricks Are his Talent and Trade incident Phillips said he plans to either have the Snake mounted or made into a Belt. That Way he laughed hell be Able to continued on Page 8 he can turn a Glove into a Dove make Beautiful ladies disappear and baffle your brain with card tricks so amazing they leave you shaking your head in disbelief. He thinks nothing of pulling rabbits from hats taking a Vest off a Man without removing his coat or levitating a hypnotized woman. He a Robert Eldredge a 15-year resident of the Venice area and an 81-year-old master of prestidigitation. Trickery deception and illusion Are his part time Trade. Back in 1912, Eldredge was in High school and worked after class As a prop Man in an Adrian mich., theatre. Stage mechanics weren to quite As advanced then As they Are now so in the several minutes Between acts singers jugglers or magicians entertained the restless audience. A i became fascinated with magic a the bespectacled Octa Gen Arian recalled. A i begged those Guys to teach me different things. But they ignored me. Gave me the finally one of the entertainers took a liking to the enthusiastic youth and gave him a couple of tips. The first trick Eldredge mastered was removing a Vest from a Man without taking off his coat. With that he was hooked. Just a few years later Eldredge was in the american ambulance service attached to the French army during world War i. A Friend asked him to stand As his Best Man in a wedding which was to be an elaborate three Day affair. A the wanted me to sing at the final banquet but i can to carry a tune a Eldredge chuckled. A so i did a magic show the guests liked him and since that time he a made the rounds at parties schools club meetings Mobile Home Parks and anywhere else an audience was waiting to be baffled befuddled and mystified. The White haired Noko mis Homeowner was an accountant by Trade but his twinkling eyes reveal his taste for the amusing fun that magic provides him. He enjoys talking about the Appeal of his avocation. A a you re entertaining people with your left hand while cheating them with your right. Its frustrating to people who done to know How the trick is done. Robert Eldredge and i want to keep it that Way a Eldredge said. He is a former president and charter member of the society of american magicians and loyally subscribes to its conditions of affiliation. A on the application you have to swear you wont reveal any secrets arts parts or Points to anyone not a magician a the Restid agitator stressed. A besides if i were to give my secrets i entertain with but he does admit that each trick involves a gimmick whether it be an actual mechanical device or speedy sleight of hand. Pulling cards from thin air making Dollar Bills disappear and then reappear in a locked Box Eldredge demonstrates that the hand is truly quicker than the Eye. A i never Learned to do much with cards a a he confessed meanwhile turning red Queens into Black ones and pulling jacks and Kings out of empty pockets. A my hands Are built for it but to master them you have to practice seven or eight hours a Day for weeks and instead he spends most of his time dealing in illusion. His favorite trick involves putting a woman in a wooden Box piercing the Case with 12 swords and opening the Box to find the girl has disappeared. When the swords Are removed and the doors opened once again the re is lying peacefully in her original position. This Taj mahal trick always leaves the audience a gaga a Eldredge said. Some magicians carry Small tricks in their pockets to entertain at Friendly get together or during Slack times at work. A that sometimes becomes Boring a Eldredge commented. A i done to want to be Boring so i done to perform unless in a he does no to have to worry about his repertoire becoming tedious. His Host of tricks Are so confounding they keep people coming Back for More trying to figure out How the feats Are accomplished. But Eldredge will never Tell. Inside today classifieds 21-22 1 crossword .9 entertainment .4-5 fishing. .12 letters. Obituaries. .17 real estate 22 thru 27 social news 13-14-15 sports. 10-11 tides

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