One of the most popular ‘gimmicks’ in burlesque was the 1/2 and 1/2 act, where a dancer played 2 characters. Sometimes the dancer’s costume was simply split down the middle, but more elaborate acts were done with the dancer working a dummy or a puppet to portray the 2nd character. And on occasion, a split costume might be worn to represent two ideas — as in good versus evil. Below you will find a selection of photos representing each of these types of acts. This is far from an exhaustive list of the 1/2 and 1/2 acts presented in burlesque, but it gives you an idea of how a performer can take a popular idea and make it their own! Enjoy!