The odd (though beautiful) pair here is Daisy and Violet Hilton, conjoined twins who were a hit on the vaudeville circuit.
vaudeville was dead, Houdini was dead—he was off the radar.
His life as the child of a vaudeville couple was one-step above living in the circus—cheap hotels and rooming houses were home.
The genial dialogue between Lovelace and her costar, Harry Reems, is like a vaudeville routine.
A young fellow up in New Hampshire has written a vaudeville playlet and sent it on for my approval.
He had hung about the Unallied garage on evenings when he was too poor to go to vaudeville.
But for all his vaudeville tactics he was by no means a second-rate scientist.
Her first public appearance on the stage had been in vaudeville.
I simply underwent a course of training in vaudeville, conditioning myself for a fight to a finish.
“This scene is as good as a vaudeville, Mary,” laughed Uncle Ben.
1739, "light, popular song," especially one sung on the stage, from French vaudeville, alteration (by influence of ville "town") of Middle French vaudevire, said to be from (chanson du) Vau de Vire "(song of the) valley of Vire," in the Calvados region of Normandy, first applied to the popular satirical songs of Olivier Basselin, a 15c. poet who lived in Vire.
The alternative explanation is that vaudevire derives from Middle French dialectal vauder "to go" + virer "to turn." The meaning "theatrical entertainment interspersed with songs" first recorded 1827.
Light theatrical entertainment, popular in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, consisting of a succession of short acts. A vaudeville show usually included comedians, singers, dancers, jugglers, trained animals, magicians, and the like.