Mr Loudoun Cameron

He is acknowleged by experts to be most proficient in Sleight of Hand, not being surpassed, and rarely equalled in his manipulation of Coins, Cards, Billiard Balls and the like ; it is generally understood amongst magicians that the greatest tricks ever performed are not done at all, the audience simply think they see them—to produce such '' illusion'' requires the most consummate skill and it is in the ability to thus misdirect an audience that Mr. Cameron excels.

Those who know Cameron personally find him as bright and as genial as any "kail-yarder'' that ever drew breath in the "Land o' Cakes" and one who is always pleased to meet any of his brother pros, who are partial to a chat re things magical over a "weed " and a'' drop o' mountain dew.'' Among other '' items '' of interest in which Cameron revels is a rare collection of magical literature which includes such out-of-date works as " Beckman's History of Inventions '' ; The '' Conjurer's Magazine." 1791— 1792; "Heller, his Sketches, Tricks, &c." We also believe that he still holds the "Rattle Box " with which he was wont to be amused long before he could possibly have palmed a coin, and which, a little later, in connection with an orange, constituted his first trick.

If you watch the firmament during the coming century you will see, as the stars of the older magicians wane, a new star rising. The name of the new star—"Cameron."

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Sketches from his Note Book, Anecdotes, Incidents, etc.

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His parents christened him John Henry Anderson, and gave him all that they could give him of fortune in the name. They were of humble rank, and life, in its sternest aspect of unremitting labour greeted the young Wizard at the threshold of his career.

Very little of his early character and juvenile disposition have we been able to ascertain ; but all our informants agree in stating that he was distinguished by precocity of talent, by a constant and ardent desire for information, by unrelaxing energy, and by a resolute, determined, and decided character. His story, from the commencement, has been one not uncommon in biography—a story of difficulties overcome and obstacles surmounted, until merit is recognised, after a career of unfaltering perseverance in the path chosen for the pursuit of fortune. The eminence he attained could have been reached by no other means than by the almost continual exercise of those qualities with which Nature endowed him for the sucessful prosecution of the peculiar profession in which he was so acknowledged a master.

The first introduction of the youthful aspirant to public life was in connection with a company of travelling theatricals, well known to those who remember entertainments as they were in Scotland seventy years ago. The bias of his mind led him to be anxious for a life of excitement, and the various itinerant shows and theatrical booths which then traversed the country seemed to present to him the field on which he should win his earliest laurels. We have had pointed out the very wall in Dundee against which he posted bills for the booth with which he was connected in those days of hardship and ambition—not doubting that, at some future time, he would be an actor equal to the best representative of Hamlet or Macbeth that he had seen—no very high aspiration either; but it was yet reserved for him to find

The steep where Fame's proud temple shines from far." In the course of time he became a member of the various strolling companies. About the first connection of this nature which he formed was with a travelling company of equestrians from Aberdeen under the management of Benjamin Candler, who visited various parts of the north of Scotland. When in Huntly he formed an acquaintance with a theatrical manager, celebrated in that district, called Mullindar; under whose auspices he donned the sock and buskin, and entered into an engagement with him, performing what, is called "general utility " business. In connection with this company he made his way to Aberdeen, and on several occasions appeared 011 the stage there, in the subordinate characters which fell to his lot. Leaving that place, he made his way to Liverpool, where he had an engagement from a manager, then of some celebrity, named Holloway; and he also travelled for a considerable time with the once famous Parish. In these engagements he underwent all the vicissitudes which usually attend the lot of the strolling player. After remaining for some time, thus employed, in the north of England, he proceeded southwards to the Staffordshire district ; and there, in connection with a company under the management of one Mauley, he sought to raise himself in the profession by the representation of characters of a higher class than those he had hitherto attempted. At Hanley, one evening, the young aspirant to histrionic honours made his first appearance in the part of " Romeo," and played it in such a manner as to give great satisfaction—at least to himself. The manager, Manley, was a wag and an Irishman ; and after the play was finished, he came behind the scenes, and, addressing the young tragedian, said—

" I congratulate ye, sur,—I congratulate ye on yer perfect success ! Ye have succeeded, sur, beyond anything that ever I saw! "

Of course, Mr. Anderson was delighted at having, as he thought, given so much satisfaction to his manager, and he replied, " I am highly delighted, sir, at your great opinion of my performance."

" Great opinion, sur ! " said the manager : " be my sowl, sur, but I have no great opinion. Ye've brought bad acting, sur, to the greatest height of perfection."

Nothing daunted by this unfavourable commencement to his theatrical career, the young player persevered in his efforts, and in time became a great favourite with the public.

It was in this part of England that Mr. Anderson first saw the clever magical performances of the celebrated Signor Blitz ; it was here that his mind was first struck with the resources of the magic art, and that he recognised in it the means of raising himself to a position in the world. He immediatly determined to become a magician, and set his brains to discover the various tricks. The whole of that mechanical knowledge which he had acquired in his youth was brought to bear on this new study, and it is scarcely necessary to say that he pursued his investigations with all his characteristic energy and determination. (To be continued).

One of Anderson's Early Programmes, dated 1843.

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