Modern Magicians

Mr. H. J, BURLINGAME. E present to our readers this month the interesting features of Mr. H. J. Burlingarae of Chicago, senior member of the old and well-known firm of Chas. L- Burlingame & Co., of Chicago, manufacturers of Conjuring Apparatus and Illusions. As the recognised leading American Author of works on conjuring he is justly entitled to the position accorded him in this, the first Volume of Magic, i.e., following in turn Professor Hoffmann and Mr. E. T. Sachs, English Authors holding a similar position in the eyes of the magical fraternity.

Mr. Burlingame was born in Manitowec, Wis., June 14th, 1852, his father and mother being among the earliest settlers of Chicago. After, living iii Wisconsin for some time they returned to Chicago. When he was about twenty Burlingame went to Rotterdam, Holland, and entered the commercial business, subsequently travelling through Germany and Switzerland, on foot, as correspondent for American Papers. He remained abroad for a number of years, living for a time with his uncle, Père Hyacinthe, and becoming intimately associated with many old time magicians, particularly the Basch and Bamberg families of Ger mr. h. j. burlingame.

many and Holland.. In these days when so many speciality artistes in the magical line are meeting with success in Europe, it might be well to note that Mr. Burlingame was one of the first American conjurers to give performances in Europe, having during the years 1873 to 1879 given many performances through Holland, Germany, and -'^Switzerland.

In his book '1 Around the World with a Magician and a Juggler, ' ' he tells the story of the life of Baron Hartwig Sceman, also of D'Alvini (Peppercorn). His book ''Herrmann, the Magician," is full of good stories concerning Carl and Alexander. He has.also something to say of Cazeneuve, Kellar, Robert Houdin, etc. One of his most entertaining books is " Leaves from Conjurer's Scrap Books," In his" Tricks in Magic" 3 vols., will be found a mass of information of great value to conjurers.

During thirty years of an active career Mr. Burlingame has entertained and instructed artisans, merchants, statesmen, senators, judges of the Supreme Bench, and. members ot Royal Families. Descended from the old Butterfield and Lamb families of London, and closely related to the renowned ecclesiastic Père Hyacinthe Leyson, Mr. Burlingame, years ago, en joyed exceptional facilities in obtaining that knowledge so necessary in adopting a career as an exponent of the Mystic Art.

Lessons in fDogi^


Author of'' Conjuring for Amateurs,'' '' Conjuring with Cards,'' ''New Coin Tricks," "ATew Card Tricks," &c.

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A Billiard Ball Combination.—For this combination you will require three solid balls 1 ^ in. diameter, also one half shell in thin spun brass, which shell will exactly cover half of either of the balls.

Preparation.—One ball with shell in right hand trousers pocket, one ball in left breast pocket (inside coat), one ball under left arm.

Manipulation.—Produce the ball from left armpit and with it execute a number of passes (a dozen is a good number), see "Conjuring for Amateurs" also " New Miscellaneous Tricks '' by Ellis Stanyon. Multiplication.—

1. Vanish the ball by seeming to place it in the left hand, really palming it in right hand and producing it a moment later from right hand trousers pocket with cap.

2. Multiply to two balls.

3. Back to one ball, and produce the one [from breast pocket.

4. Multiply to three balls.

5. Back to two balls, and produce the one from trousers pocket.

6. Multiply to four balls, which arrange in left hand. Diminishing.

1. Apparently throw one ball to audience for examination, really pushing one into half shell.

2. Toss one of the remaining balls in the air several times, saying, " I will vanish one into thin air," under cover of which drop the one out of shell into profonde. You now appear to overhear a remark to the effect that you have put one in your pocket. You appear surprised and replacing ball in left hand, explain. You try again, and this time you dispose of the ball into the now empty shell.

Pass right hand over the two balls in left hand, secretly palming one out of shell, and say, " See ! I will just mesmerize these two, then give tliem a push, and one goes up my sleeve" (really into shell) "that's the way the sleeve is actually employed in conjuring." The ball palmed in right hand is now produced from left elbow or elsewhere. This latter combination of sleights is quite new and I can recommend it for effect ; it, in fact, makes this set of balls indispensable to the magician.

3. Pass the ball now in the right hand through the left knee, simply palming it and producing it at the back of the knee—this movement is made solely for the purpose of giving cover to the action of dropping the ball out of shell into profonde.

4. The solid ball (returned to left hand) is passed into shell under cover of seeming to take it in the right hand from which it apparently disappears a moment later.

N.B.—Before causing the disappearance of the last ball you dispose of the shell in the following manner,—Ball \

and shell are together, as one, in the left hand. You now actually take the ball in the right hand, palming the shell in the left hand, which drops it into profonde while all eyes are centred on the visible ball. The ball is now finally vanished by that exceedingly deceptive and subtle vanish as given for the first time in " New Miscellaneous Tricks" by Ellis Stanyon.


By Rupert de Vere.

For the purpose of this experiment you obtain a small boquet. Round the stem of the boquet twine a piece of colored ribbon and to one of the ends of the ribbon sew a small clip. Now take a card—say the Knave of Hearts -and, after marking it with a pencil, insert it into the clip. You next take a piece of newspaper and fashion it into a cone. Inside this cone (which we will call cone A) you must carefully place the flowers and card. Fold over the top of the cone and place it in a box nearly full of paper clippings of different colors. Having secured a gentleman to assist you from the audience you take another piece of paper and after showing it to be free from preparation you fashion it into another cone which we will call cone B. Now fill ? cone B with clippings from box. To do this you take the cone in the right hand, then tilting it mouth downward into the box you pretend to push with the left hand the clippings into the cone. Under cover of this movement you will find that you can easily introduce cone A into cone B secretly, afterwards placing a few clippings on top of cone A, so that cone B will appear to be full of paper. Come forward with the cone and show it to be full? of cuttings, then fold over the top and give it to a gentleman to hold. Now force a duplicate Knave of Hearts on a lady, and giving her a pencil ask her to mark the card so that she will know it again. When she returns the card to you, you change it for a third Knave of Hearts,which card must be marked in exactly the same manner as the card in the conej You show this card to gentleman who takes it to be the same card as the lady marked. You now vanish the card and 011 tearing open the cone the clippings are found to have changed to a boquet of flowers attached to which is the chosen card. Take the card from clip and show to gentleman, who seeing the mark takes it to be the same card as lady selected. Then change card for the chosen card which you will remember is 011 top of pack, and give it to lady to identify. Now present her with the flowers.

My readers will notice that the above trick can be varied to a great extent. If instead of using newspaper for the cones you use paper of a very strong kind you can use a dove instead of flowers. The effect of the dove flying from the cone when you tear it in half is very good. The ribbon and card would be attached to the neck of the dove. Again you can use the tor 11 card dodge and instead of having the card marked, simply retain a piece as in the old way, the remaining pieces being vanished by means of the pistol. In this latter way plenty of fun may be obtained by pretending to shoot assistant, etc. Always destroy the remains of cone after performance.

TO FORCE A CARD (Novel Method).

a new use for an old device.

By F. Edward Cook.

The following will be found an effective and unfailing method of forcing a card.

Bring the card you desire to force to the top of the pack, palm it off, and request a spectator to shuffle the pack thoroughly. After this has been done, replace the card on the top. Hold the cards up so that all can see that you do not in any way tamper with them, and invite someone to select a number, say between i and 20. We will suppose that 15 is the number chosen. Commencing with the top card (which it will be remembered is the one to be forced) deal 15 cards face downwards upon the table. As you near the selected number it will be well to count more rapidly, and in a less audible voice, so as not to draw too much attention to the fact that you deal the exact 15 cards. As you throw down the last card, suddenly assume an offended air, and remark, "I fancy I overheard someone suggest that I am '' deaiing seconds," really that is too bad. Perhaps, after all, it will be more satisfactory if some gentleman will kindly count the cards." Saying which, you hastily gather up the cards lying upon the table and replace them 011 the top of the pack. Now hand the cards to a spectator, with the request that he will count off and retain the fifteenth card. As the top card was the undermost of fifteen cards lying upon the table, it is evident that it now stands at that number in the pack, so you need not fear that you will fail in " forcing " the card. The fact that the cards have been counted by one of the audience will certainly add to the final effect of whatever trick you may be performing.

N.B.—By adopting the following ruse the "Palm" is unnecessary and the pack may be shuffled freely at the outset.

The performer would receive the shuffled pack in the left hand, back uppermost; then when pulling up the right sleeve, with the hand containing the cards, he, with the thumb, pushes the top card slightly off the pack. The placing of the hand 011 the uppermost side of the arm when hitching back the sleeve necessitates the pack being reversed, when the index pip may be read. The left sleeve should next be hitched back a trifle in an exactly similar manner, when the trick would proceed as described.—Editor.

6gplcmatop9 Programmes.

Entertainment given by Hoosanmia Gureva and Troup (Indian Conjurers) at the


'pERFORMERS, seven in number, introduce themselves, then five retire leaving two only on platform. The one takes up a sitting position and proceeds to beat a tom-tom (small drum) to the sound of which the other begins to juggle. Performer spins a top which he gets on finger after which he places it on end of thin rod then balances the whole on chin; spins top again, this time having top spinning at an angle on end of cane. Juggles three large broad bladed knives. Shows small tree to the branches of which he fixes six thin pieces of wood cut in the shape of birds ; balances tree on forehead, then places a pea-shooter in his mouth into which he makes a show of loading several small balls; blows through mouthpiece, a bird falling at every shot.

Bearded performer now comes 011 assisted by a young lad. Assistance being asked from audience two gentlemen ascend platform ; performer hands assistant No. 1 a ring asking liim " Gold or silver? " getting the answer " Silver." Performer now rolls up the ring inside small handkerchief, giving it to No. 1 to hold. Proceeds in same manner with assistant No. 2 ; he then says, " Me make ring go. You saree, you 110 saree it gone." No. 1 now unrolls handkerchief and finds ling lias vanished, while No. 2 on examining his handkerchief finds both rings together.

Old grey whiskered performer coines 011 with a large ape which throws several back somersaults, concluding by lifting a large stone over its head.

To the sound of the tom-tom and a strange looking pipe two other performers come forward with two large snakes which they proceed to wind round their bodies.

Replace snakes in small hamper. At this moment a third performer conies suddenly 011 to the stage dressed in close-fitting white suit and turban, making show of fight. '' You no fight here," exclaims one of the others, " we tie you up and put you in basket." They now tie his hands also his feet and put him into a net the mouth of which they tie round his neck He is now bundled into a basket and covered over with a large cloth. In a few seconds the net and turban are thrown from beneath the cover, and the cloth suddenly sinks a little. One of the performers speaks into basket' and a voice replies from behind stage. He jumps into basket, but finds it empty. He next draws cloth off basket and covers door leading on to stage with it. The cloth now shakes as if a person were entering below it and is quickly drawn away and thrown over basket. A voice is now heard in basket and on lifting the cover the performer is seen wedged tightly in mouth of basket.

This trick is well worked, the manipulation of the cloth by the performer when he brings it from door to basket being very smart.

The basket is a flat-bottomed one, egg shaped, with a small opening on top which gives the idea of very small capacity. When performer jumps into basket the occupant has had time to arrange himself into a sort of frog posture at left side of basket.

N.B.—Does not the conjurer arrange his body around the wide bottom of the basket and close to its sides.—Ed.

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0iogpaph9 of Ppof. 0ndepson.

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Not only was he the greatest traveller and magician of modern times, but, on looking over his " Note Book," we find that he contributed probably more than any other public man to the charities of all parts of the globe. As an acknowledgement of his princely donations to these institutions, he was enrolled as a life governor of the hospitals of Edinburgh, Perth, Glasgow, Manchester, Dublin, Belfast, Birmingham, and Sheffield.

He has given in GREAT BRITAIN— £ s. d. To the Patriotic Fund in Birmingham - 49 o o Do. Do. Manchester - 73 o o

To the Public Charities of Birmingham - 108 o o Do. Do. Edinburgh - 139 o o

One Week's performances in Manchester - 249 o o Royal Infirmary of Aberdeen - - - 45 6 o Infirmary and Public Schools of Liverpool 130 o o Charities of City of Perth ... 2100 Public Charities of Belfast - '- - 90 o o Royal Hospital of Belfast - - - - 50 12 o General Infirmary of Sheffield - - - 2100 Northumberland and Newcastle Infirmary 20 o o Royal Infirmary and Asylum, Manchester- 216 o o To the Rojal Infirmary, Dundee - - 27 o o Leeds Infirmary - - - - - 21 o o

York Hospital ; - - - - - - 560 Lying-in-Hospital, Dublin - - - 30 o o To the Fund of'the Disastrous Irish Famine 1,000 Silver Rouble?.

To Hospital and Infirmary in Sydne3T, New

South Wales - - - - - 78 o o IN BATHURST, NEW SOUTH WALES :— Benefit to Bathurst Hospital - - - 121120 Benefit to Catholic Cathedral, Bathurst - 121 9 6 Benefit to Maitland, N.S.W. Charities - 33 o o

IN CANADA:— Quebec Hospital - - - - - 35 00 Montreal Charities < - - - - - 123 o o

. IN VICTORIA (AUSTRALIA) :— To Castlemaine Hospital - - - - 15 10 o

MELBOURNE (VICTORIA) :— To " Admella " Schooner Shipwreck Fund 20 o o

To various charities in MELBOURNE as follows :— Melbourne Hospital, Half Benefit - - 28 17 o Catholic Charities - - - - - 65120 Benevolent Asylum - - - - - 42 o o Trades' Hall and Literary Institute - - 67 11 o Juvenile Traders' Association - - - 6 10 o Jewish Charities - - - - - 59 7 o

GEELONG (VICTORIA) :— Benevolent Scottish Society - - - 60 o o Hobartown (Tasmania) Hospital - - 20 o o

IN THE UNITED STATES:— To Hospitals in New York, Charleston, Philadelphia, Boston, &c., &c. - - 284 o o Grand Benefit to the Widow of Michael Kelly, a Sergeant of Police, cruelly murdered in New York, the Sum of 1000 o o

This immense sum was the proceeds of one night's performance, and the tickets were sold at and X2S. each.

Professor Anderson was a member of the Scottish Society of Boston. During his stay in Boston, the funds of the above Society (the object of which was to assist distressed Scotchmen and their families) became perfectly exhausted, the knowledge of which reached Professor Anderson ; he set to work to organise an Entertainment, the result of which was 500 dollars, or ^100. This sum was invested in stocks, and formed a branch of the above fund, and was called the Andersonian bund.

Professor Anderson was also a member of the Thistle Society in New York, the object of which was to assist distressed Scotchmen in New York.

An entertainment given by him at the Academy of Music raised the sum of 900 dollars,- or ^180.

On Christmas Day, 1851, he distributed amongst 1,000 of the poor of New York 1,000 pounds of beef and 1.000 loaves, which cost £75.


To Public Charities - - - - . - 180 o o To Five Fire Companies, each - 180 Dollars To the Queen's Hospital, Honolulu, Sandwich

Islands, total proceeds of Benefit - 115 0 0

Grand Total given by Professor Anderson | ^

to the Charities in every part of the GLOBE j 4°3°

After a long and eventful career, Mr. Anderson made a farewell tour of his native country previous to retiring from public life, but he died shortly afterwards. We have been fortunate enough to secure a copy of his death card, probably the only one in existence, and which is reproduced hereunder : —

1in Bffectionate "Remembrance of



Born 1814. Died at Darlington, Tuesday, Feb. 3rd, 1874.

Interred at Aberdeen, with his Mother, at his special request, by his faithful friends, Maggie FooTE and Alfred H01.MES.

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