February 11, 1910
Magician J. B. Bobo was born in Texarkana (Miller County). He was christened with initials only, and he patiently explained this when anyone asked what they stood for. His French immigrant great-grandfather, Jean Beaubeaux, had anglicized the family name from the original spelling. Adults across Arkansas and the country remember him for taking his magic shows to their schools when they were children. At the peak of their school show career, Bobo and his wife performed 400 to 450 shows a year. It is estimated that they performed more than 14,000 school shows in more than fifty years. Magicians around the world own copies of Bobo’s books on coin magic, which are universally agreed to be the best ever written.