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192? Figure JOHN B. RATTO Nationally Known Humorist and Impersonator America's Foremost Make-Up Artist PRINTED IN U.S.A. REDPATH JOHN B. RATTO America's Foremost Make-Up Artist and Entertainer For more than 20 years JOHN B. RATTO has been the premier impersonator and humorist on the Redpath list, with a record of over 5,000 highly satisfactory performances. Without question, Mr. Ratto has proved himself to be America's foremost make-up artist. He has earned an enviable record of achievement not only through his splendid artistry, but also because of his earnest attachment to the ideals of clean amusement. Presents Characters in Make-Up Mr. Ratto presents his characters in make-up, penciling in full view of his audience, telling an appropriate story the while. Penciling finished, he turns to the table mirror, adjusts his wig and faces about to surprise his audience with the accuracy of a character distinct in appearance, speech and action with a personality all its own. Historical Review a Feature The Ratto programs are full of life and action with not a dull moment. They consist of all the types of characters one meets in everyday life and of noted men past and present. Mr. Ratto usually closes his program with his famed Historical Review. Here, for eighteen thrilling minutes, he presents speaking likenesses of George Washington—Accepting Command of the Army; Abraham Lincoln—Obedience of Law and Preservation of the Constitution; Theodore Roosevelt—The Need of Armament to Preserve Peace; Woodrow Wilson—Obligation to the Men who Lie Dead in France; Franklin Delano Roosevelt—characteristic radio address. Mr. Ratto's programs are from 30 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes. He is scrupulously careful in the selection of his program material and in its faithful presentation. The characters must be genuine and true—the kind one laughs with, not at. He presents only wholesome characters which never offend or portray anything falling short of dignity and refinement. Enthusiastic Praise of John B. Ratto San Diego Union One of the largest audiences ever to gather for a program given by the San Diego Women's Club, listened yesterday afternoon to one of its finest entertainments … John B. Ratto, famous impersonator and humorist, man of many faces gave striking characterizations of such famous folk as President Roosevelt, Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, Clemenceau, Lloyd George, as well as familiar types met in everday life. Each was brought to life with a make-up put on deftly in full view of the audience, yet each distinctive and so accurate in looks, speech and action as to cause gasps of surprise. First Baptist Church, Glendale, Calif., J. Whitcomb Brougher, Jr. John B. Ratto is a man whose power of interpretation and impersonation is beyond description—the finest I have ever seen. His work will not only thrill, but please everyone. California Women of the Golden West, Mrs. Geo. Davidson Gilmore, Pres. His impersonations were the best we have ever witnessed. It seemed the great men he impersonated had returned in person, they were so very true to life. Los Angeles City Schools, K. L. Stockton, Chairman, Assembly Program Committee John B. Ratto, nationally known impersonator, humorist and entertainer, gives an excellent program. Excellent for PTA programs as well as assemblies. Mississippi Valley Consistory, E. St. Louis, Ill., Geo. B. Moore The best feature we ever had for our worker's banquet, and we have had some that were supposed to be extra good. Mr. Ratto is an artist of exceptional ability and his program went over in the biggest kind of way. San Francisco, Calif., Galileo High School He renewed his place in our affections by appearing before us on two occasions last month. We hope that every time Mr. Ratto visits California we may have the pleasure of greeting him at Galileo. Scottish Rite Assn., Bay City, Mich., Chas. E. Sharp A clever artist and a very capable entertainer. We were exceedingly pleased with his program. Education Association, Oshkosh, Wis., W. P. Clark Mr. Ratto was well received and presented characterizations providing an entertainment which is above the average entertainment of this kind. Woman's Club, Duluth, Minn., Gertrude F. Donovan, Program Chairman. The club memebrs were most enthusiastic in their praise of his program. Thanks for Mr. Ratto. Burlington (Ia.) Hawkeye One after another, John B. Ratto made personages live and breathe last night by a display of the powers of make-up that was reflected by amazement in the faces of his audience and caused them to wonder how one man possibly could make himself look like so many different characters in so short a time. Some interesting bits of philosophy added depth to his program. Globe (Ariz.) Record: The impersonations by this talented artist are almost uncanny in their reality. His reproduction of characters were faithful to features, expression and dress. Mr. Ratto made up for each character in full view of the audience, giving an interesting sketch of the life of the character, and after finishing was always greeted with a burst of applause for the faithfulness of his portrayal.
|Title||John B. Ratto|
|Topical Subject (LCSH)||
|Personal Name Subject||Ratto, John B.|
|Digital Collection||Traveling Culture: Circuit Chautauqua in the Twentieth Century|
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