Mr. Fields is a “dumb act” because he does not speak during his comedy juggling turn. Why Mr. Fields does not speak is quite simple. His comedy speaks for him. Nothing could speak louder for the man or act. There is no juggler who secures as much humor out of the rubber balls as Fields, who is a comedy juggler with a little something new each time around.
Variety 12:13 (12/05/1908)