by Mark Walker
Horn's Punch & Judy Show is the oldest Punch show in America. This show was started in Baltimore in 1897 by a man named Edward Ross (Professor Rosella - see McPharlin's Puppet Theatre in America).
During the Great Depression my good friend George Horn learned the show from Rosella and presented it from the 1930s to 1987. I saw George Horn's show during the 1960s and years later, in 1987, we became good friends whereby he taught the show to me. Thus since 1897 the show has had continuous performances in Baltimore, Maryland. As a way of paying homage to George Horn and to continue this 101 year tradition, I perform under the Horn banner.
All of my Punch performances begin and end with merry tunes from my hand-cranked, organ- grinder's music box. Including the music, the total length of my show is 20 minutes.
We perform at numerous festivals throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. For local performances we often include a clever conjuring act. I am an accomplished magician and have written two noted historical magic books, The Master Illusionists and Ghostmasters. I also collect old Punch puppets, prints, engravings, broadsides, books and periodicals.
Contact Prof. Horn (Mark Walker) at:
1340 Crofton Drive
Bel Air, MD 21014
Articles by Mark Walker:
Punch in the Movies
Profile of George Horn
The Punch Page