One Friday night, in October 1903, a particularly bad amateur was inflicting an impatient audience, with a truly appalling tenor solo and despite howls, groans and cat-calls, the artist persisted in staying on. Whereupon Henry Miner who was running the show, saw a large old-fashioned crook-handled cane which had been used by one of the Negro impersonators. Quickly he had the stage manager, lash it to a long pole, and with this he stepped into the wings without getting into sight of the audience, and deftly slipped the hook around the singer's neck and yanked him off the stage before he knew what happened. The next amateur performer was giving a rather poor impersonation when a small boy yelled "give 'im the hook!". The audience roared and the poor performer fled in dismay. Thus the tradition of 'hooking' unpopular performers off the stage, to save the audience further discomfort, was born, and which has been followed in many other establishments during Talent Shows and is used to describe anyone fired for incompetence.
Two hopeful (and brave) performers