American Notes

I enjoyed the Feb. number of Magic very much. It is a capital number and full of suggestive hints. Your idea of publishing old programmes is a clever one. Nothing interests me more than these ancient announcements of magical performances, couched in their queer jargon and polychromatic jawbreaking verbiage. Do secure, if possible, one of Robert Houdin's programmes and publish it in facsimile. I always feel like taking off my hat whenever I hear that name pronounced, Robert Houdin, arch-master of modern magic ; the man who sounded the depths of the art and placed it 011 a scientific basis. Alas, how our later day professors are departing from the prototype.

All hail, Manipulators. I wish I could say, Vale, Manipulators ! A new magician, named Jefferson, recently made his bow in New York, and created a favourable impression.

Our lady magician, Madame Herrmann, relief of Alexander the Great, is remarkably successful in her clever act; it is magic en pantomine. The scene is a Japanese garden, and Madame Herrmann dressed in gorgeous Japanese robes presents a boquet of mystic novelties. Her manipulation of billiard balls is not bad. The production of a goose from a lot of paper ribbon always brings a laugh. Madame Herrman not long ago met with a sad mishap. She had the goose killed, not to secure the mystical stock of golden eggs, but to recover some valuable rings which the fowl had supposedly swallowed. The diamond rings had mysteriously

Fig. 9, Squirrel.

(slowly ) the second and third fingers.

Fig. 10, The Bull

Fig. 10, The Bull

disappeared, and the black assistant, Boumski, was suspected of having purloined them. Boumski blamed it on the goose : and so poor goosie was decapitated and disembowelled, but no jewellery. Finally Boumski confessed that he was the guilty party, and Madame Herrmann had him clapped into jail. While languishing in durance vile, the Ethiopian revenged himself by disclosing all of Madame Herrmann's secrets to the Sunday papers. This Boumski had been an attendant on the great Herrmann. He was quite a skilful magician, a little too skilful for his employer and benefactor.

A very clever handkerchief act has been invented by a Mr. Thompson, of New York, who is the chief engineer in one of the great sky scrapers of the metropolis. He plays local dates. Having a " sure thing " in his profession of engineer, he refuses to be enticed away from his safety valves and piston-rods by booking agents of foreign theatres. He is said to be wonderfully clever and original. I believe he took a month's holiday last year and played Keith's Circuit.

Kellar delivers a regular coin lecture to his audiences. This is not only foolish but uncharitable. Why ruin the work of humbler brethren in the art magique who depend upon coin manipulating for a living?

Re the back hand palm, permit me to say that Prof. Elliott, of Boston, claims, and I think justly, that he is the inventor of the "reverse card" palm, the movement by which the cards are brought from the back of the hand into the palm without the audience knowing it. Elliott claims to do 136 double hand passes in 60 seconds. Many eminent sleight of hand experts have been coached by him. He enters the Vaudeville field next season, under the management of J. A. Richardson. H. R. Evans.

A fac-simile reproduction of one of Houdin's programmes will appear in the May number of Magic.—Editor.

Items of Interest.

The Jauuary number of the Favourite Magazine is a bright, well-written, and well-illustrated number. The contents include an interesting article, "Tom Brown's Art Days," and " Some After Dinner Tricks,'' being a lesson in magic by Prof. Ellis Stanyon, the famous wizard. " Wonders Awheel " describes the clever performances of certain trick cyclists, to wit, the Val-dares. Altogether there are 64 pages of interesting matter. The Favourite is just the thing to take away wilh you on tour to while away dull hours. Published by Paul Naumann Pentonvillc Road, N.—" Critique," Feb. 1901.

Those readers who have so kindly allowed us to publish their remarks in favour of Magic have also given their support, and still continue to do so, in a more substantial way ; Magic would not long be successful did the Editor insert advertisements gratis with a view to securing testimonials—but the paper speaks for itself.

Watch the "show" of a professional before you believe the things he tells you in his book ; you will then be less likely to waste your time in attempting the impossible.

We have received from Mr. Francis a specimen of his Crystal Goblet and Confetti Trick ; it is an excellent little trick for the drawing-room, and quite practical. It is accompanied with instructions and appropriate patter nicely printed on pictorial sheet.

If you want to know the correct time don't ask a policeman or pay an exliorbitant price for an Egotistical work ; be serio-comic and consult Magic.

" Fun on the Billiard Table," by Stancliffe, is the title of a book of 114 pp. containing 75 amusing tricks with cues, balls, and other articles, illustrated with photographs. An article 011 this subject appeared in one of the magazines (? Pearson's) recently.

Clement de Lion (Copenhagen), Card and Coin Manipulator, has just secured an engagement at the Palace Theatre purely on the merits of his work, which is considered by experts to totally eclipse that of any manipulator that has yet appeared at the above house.

The Claremont Branch of the Church Temperance Society held their annual tea and entertainment 011 Tuesday evening, Jan. 8th, at the Mission Schoolroom, the affair being a great success. Prof. Hayes appeared and explained the nature of his entertainment, called " Magic, Mirth, and Mystery," as being mirth with magic and mystery on either side and joined to it. He kept the audience thoroughly amused and mystified with a series of novel experiments in white tnagic and sleight of hand, after which Professor DeGruchy introduced his ventriloquial sketch, giving a clever and amusing dialogue, which filled the house with laughter. The eutertainment concluded with an exceedingly clever exposition of mystery by the well-known conjuror Professor De Caston who introduced his " spirit dance " and marvellous calculating feat, finishing with the " Agile Sailor," causing great merriment.

We have received from Bert Powell, the Military Mystic, copies of the programme and poster of the first concert (Christmas, 1900) held irr Dydenburg, Transvaal, since British occupation. The chief items 011 the programme were Conjuring and Clairvoyance. Mr. Powell goes 011 to say that the people of Lydenburg had not seen any sleight of hand work and that they were absolutely dumbfounded by such tricks as Cartes ci la Manche, the Continuous Back and Front Palm, Hat Production, and so on ; and that they now understand the better why their town was so easily taken by the British.

Mr. F. T. Studd, Ventriloquist and Conjurer, sends us his programme, well arranged and well illustrated with three half tone blocks of himself in his ventriloquial and conjuring entertainments. Mr. Studd performs with ease a ventriloquial trio song, one of the three voices being heard in the distance.

Möns. Paul Cinquevalu and his Assistant, il.

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