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Stage Name

Birth Name

Princess Rajah N/A

        Not much is known about this dancer. She is remembered so far as dancing in the early Edison video seen here which was filmed in 1904 at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis. Most probably a circus or Gypsy performer who travelled from show to show doing various dance acts such as the Turkish styled chair balancing or the Oriental snake handling eccentric dancer. She doesn't appear to have alot of talent but maybe was self trained thru the vaudeville stages. She eventually got engaged to and married Fischer in 1916 and as others have done before and after her, disappeared from

the dance/ entertainment trail.

     L.O.C. states that "According to vaudeville historians Joe Laurie, Jr. and Douglas Gilbert, Princess Rajah started as a "cooch dancer" (an early form of belly dance) dancer at Coney Island in the 1890s. She was booked for a time at Huber's Museum in New York City before Willie Hammerstein presented her in her vaudeville debut at Hammerstein's Victoria theatre on 42nd Street. In addition to her dance with a chair, she also performed an Oriental dance with snakes. Princess Rajah was a featured act in the "Mysterious Asia" concession on the Pike at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis. Sometimes spelled as Raja.

Birth Place

Birth Date



n/an/aClifford C. Fischer (an agent)n/a
  (married 7/6/1913)n/a

Dance Types

Dance Partners

Music Titles

Eccentric Dancen/an/a
Hoochi-Kootchi dance  
Oriental Danse    
Shimmy dance    

Night Clubs



n/aHuber's Museum (N.Y.)1904 - Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis.
 Hammerstein's Victoria theatre (42nd Street) 




1903 - Princess Rajah Clip (Biograph)n/an/a
Created March 9, 2013