If all you can do is balance a lawn mower on your head while a partner throws in a head of cabbage to make cole slaw, or play Bach with a piccolo in each nostril, you're out of luck. Vaudeville agent Coralie Jr. already has these acts among her 3,000 clients.
Just the other day, Coralie says she arranged a gig on a Hungarian talk show for Eugene Greytak, a Pope John Paul II look-alike, found work for Ruth Carlsson, who plays the xylophone by holding it over her head, spitting Ping-Pong balls onto it and catching them in her mouth, and submitted Tony Cox, a 3-foot-6 actor, for a role in an upcoming film.
Coralie, an agent since 1953, started the Coralie Jr. Theatrical Agency in North Hollywood after learning the ropes under two different agents. Her first clients were actors, but by the late 1960s, Coralie decided to help the ever-increasing numbers of out-of-work vaudevillians. "It was so sad," she says. "I decided to bring them back." She found jobs for her delighted clients, who are now in their 80s and 90s. "I feel if I didn't do this, they wouldn't get up in the morning," says Coralie. "They'd be in a rest home waiting to die."