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Skigi: The World’s Youngest Critic Sees The Rise Of Motion Pictures At New York’s Vaudeville Show

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IN December 1905, the first issue of Variety magazine featured an article by Skigie. Who he? He was the magazine publisher Sime Silverman’s 7-year-old son. The boy genius reviewed a vaudeville show. The best bit about it? The moving pictures. The boy was prescient. Moving pictures became big; vaudeville shrivelled.

Silverman’s son Sidne (1901–1950), succeeded him as publisher.

The first issue was sixteen pages long. It sold for a nickel.

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