August 12, 1989
Lillian Bobo, wife and partner of magician J. B. Bobo, died. She had become part of his traveling magic act soon after their marriage. After several years working for different entertainment bureaus—and learning the ins and outs of the school show business—the Bobos tired of traveling and quit to start working for themselves. Their reputation grew, and they signed repeat bookings in schools in Arkansas and surrounding states. They earned return visits because they changed everything about their show from year to year, from new tricks and apparatus to new jokes and colors of silks. It is estimated that they gave more than 14,000 school shows in more than fifty years.