Reynolds performing acrobatic and balancing acts on high cornice above 9th Street, N.W. Washington, DC. John "Jammie" Reynolds (born 1890 or 91 - ?) was an American daredevil. Little is known about early life, what became of him once he stopped performing or even his real name. An acrobat and juggler, he was known by many names - Daredevil Johnny, Daredevil Jack, the Climbing Wonder, The Lizard, the Human Spider, and the Human Fly. A newspaper article from 1922 claims he began performing at the age six in Buffalo, balancing on one foot from a flagpole 140 feet in the air. His first major stunt came at age 12 when he climbed up the side of the Old South Building in Boston, balancing atop four chairs and five tables on a plank projected over the side of the building. He gave similar performances in New York on its iconic Flatiron building, and at home in Philadelphia. Reynolds was arrested several times after his performances accused of "unlawful assembly". A stunt performer, often referred to as a stuntman, or daredevil, is someone who performs dangerous stunts, often as a career. Photographed by Harris & Ewing, 1917.
July 31st, 2017
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