Tuesday, April 23, 2019
The Human Fly
John J. Woods was born in Atlanta Georgia about 1889. He would start performing as a human fly when this kind of entertainment act became popular about 1906. He would bring his wife, Evelyn Peschel, and later his daughter, Rose, at age 1 into the act. He would perform his human fly act across Canada and the United States well into his old age. The family called Centralia, PA home. In 1969 he disappeared and no one ever found him. His wife had him declared dead and remarried.
The Human Flies usually were hired by charities and fundraisers. Doing WW2 hundreds of thousand of dollars in War Bonds were sold by them. Usually they would do Veteran Organizations, Cancer research, March of dimes, heart etc.