We much regret to have to announce the death of Mr. Alexander Ross, better known to the conjuring world as Ross Conyears, Wizard of the Drawing-room, who died on Saturday morning, May 25th, from pneumonia, after but a few days illness. Mr. Ross made many friends in Magic, his kindly and unassuming nature at all times winning for him the esteem of all with whom he came in contact.

Qiogpophç of Ppof. 0ndepson.


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

(Continued from page 68).

Having arrived at San Francisco, Mr. Anderson succeeded in making a very successful and satisfactory engagement, in course of which he visited the whole of the mining district.

After continuing in California for a period of upwards of seven months, Mr Anderson sailed from San Francisco for New York, where he arrived on 21st of May, i860. Soon after his arrival, the Presidential election occured ; and the tremendous excitement consequent upon that event had a most disastrous effect on the business of those who catered for the public amusement. The Professor felt this in several of the engagements which he made in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington ; although in many instances he was welcomed by enthusiastic crowds, who were attracted by his world-wide fame. It may be mentioned as an interesing fact that, while in Washington, he was present at the opening of the last congress of the administration of James Buchanan, who, at a dinner some time previously, had boastingly said, '' I will be the last President of the United States." While in the States, too, the Professor clearly saw the great cloud of disaster which was overhanging the country, and which burst upon it with such terrible effect. Before civil war was imminent, and before the note of secession was struck by South Carolina, Mr. Anderson had completed his arrangement for making a tour of the Southern States, from Richmond to New Orleans ; but the aspect of affairs had become so complicated, that it was manifestly unsafe to carry out the scheme ; and therefore he was compelled to put up with the loss of all the money he had already expended 011 his projected tour.

Returning again to the Northern States, he remained there for the next two years, hoping always that the war would end, and that thus he would be at liberty to carry out his original intention ; but instead of this, the feud between the parties increased daily and hourly in violence. What with the amount he had expended on the preparations for his visit to the South, from which there was no return, and the bad state of business in the North, Mr. Anderson lost the whole of the moneys he had earned in Australia and California, and found himself once more reduced to the necessity of beginning the world afresh.

There being no reasonable prospect of retrieving his affairs in America, he resolved to return to England, which he did ; and re-commenced his professional career in Liverpool, on the nth of January, 1863, after an absent from Great Britain of nearly five years. During this time, the Professor had travelled round the world, and over a space of no less than 235,000 miles, and had passed through his hands the enormous sum of ,£157,000 sterling.

But the character of Professor Anderson possesses one feature more interesting, and which will more commend him to the estimation of the general public than even his unquestioned magical abilities.

( 7o be Continued)

A Necromancer of the XVIII Century.

By Henry Ridgely Evans.

Author of " Hours with the Ghosts," &c., &c.

{Continued from page 69.)

After making his prophecy about the Bastile, Cagliostro departed for his old vantage-ground, the Continent. He was unable to impress the hard-headed, practical English people with his claims to occult powers. The Freemasons repudiated him with scorn, and there is a rare old print, much valued by collectors, which depicts the unmasking of the famous magician at one of the London lodges. The police authorities had by this time become fully cognizant of Cagliostro's impostures. He was forbidden to

Engraving of Cagliostro, published in 1791.

practise his peculiar system of medicine and Masonry in Austria, Germany, Russia, and Spain. Drawn like a needle to the loadstone rock, he went to Rome. This was in 1791. He was arrested by the Holy Inquisition and condemned to death as a sorcerer and Freemason, but Pope Pius VI. commuted the punishment to life-imprisonment in the gloomy castle of San Leon, Urbino. Here in a subterraneous dungeon he fretted away his life in silence and darkness, until the year 1795, when he died. A French inspector of Italian prisons, who visited the fortress of San Leon, March 6th, 1795, reported that he saw a sentence with autograph written by Cagliostro upon the dungeon wall. Cagliostro's wife died in a convent, sincerely repentant of her sins.


Compiled with notes by Ellis Stanyon. Ably assisted by Mr. Arthur Margery.

Continued from page 6ç.

Barrett, T. S., F.S.S. " Magic Squares and how to make them ' ' from ' ' Recreations in Mathematics ' ' by Jacques Ozanam and Jean Etienne Montucla. Translated from the French into English by Chas. Hutton, LED, F.R.S. A new and revised edition with additions by T. S. Barrett, F.S.S., Berkhamsted, 1894. Cloth, 8vo., 32 pp., Illustrated.

This work contains 34 figures of magic squares, and is devoted only to this subject.

Barter, J. A Wonderful Memory and how to acquire it. London, 1890. Paper, 8vo., 30 pp.

-How to Hypnotise, 32 pp. Uniform with the above.

-How to become a Ventriloquist. London, i§97-

Uniform with the above.

Three books of great interest to Conjurers.

Bartlett, J. Second Sight. New York, 1896. Scientific American Supplement. Vol. XLII., pp. 17, 477-8.

Bayley, R. Child. Magic Lanterns, Modern. A Guide to the Management of the Optical Lantern, for the use of Entertainers, Lecturers, Photographers, Teachers, and others. London, 1896. Paper, 8vo., 104 pp. Illustrated.

Beaumont, John. A Historical, Physiological, and Theological Treatise on Spirits,Apparitions,Witchcrafts, and other Magical Practices, with accounts of Genii, Divinations, etc., London, 1705. Calf, 8vo., 400 pp., frontispiece.

Beckmann, John. A History of Inventions and Discoveries by Public Professor of the University of Goettin-gen. Translated from the German by William Johnston. Second Edition. London, 1814. Calf, large 8vo., 4 volumes. 2,050 pp. Scarce.

Somewhat in the style of an Encyclopaedia, contains valuable and rare articles on Jugglers, Lotteries, Metals, Book Censors, Dresses, etc., etc.

Bellew, Clara. The Merry Circle. A book of new, graceful, and intellectual games and amusements. London, N.D., ? 1871. Cloth, 8vo., 282 pp., Illustrated.

Contains no mention of conjuring, being solely devoted to games for the parlour, &c. It belongs to and matches the " Secret Out " Series.

Bellew, Frank. The Art of Amusing. A collection of Games, Tricks, Puzzles, and Charades. London, 1870. Cloth, 8vo., 299 pp. 200 Illustrations. Rare.

Benjamin, M. Modern Magic and its explanations. New York, Chautauquan, Sept., 1890. Vol. XI., p. 731-736.

This is a compilation, Chess player Ajeeb, Altar Fires of the Ancients, Fire Trials, Ventriloquism, Optical Illusions, Mirrors ' in cabinets and suspensions.

Benzon, A. Exposé of the Back and Front Card Palm, with 30 illustrations. Sunday Examiner Magazine. San Francisco, April 1st, 1900.

-How to become a Card Manipulator. Illustrated with 10 Photos. ' ' The Bulletin, ' ' San Francisco, July 22nd, 1900.

Berkeley & T. B. Rowland. Card Tricks and Puzzles. London, 1894. Cloth, 8vo., 120 pp., Illustrated.

Bertino. Mystical Novelties Up-to-Date. Manchester (about 1895). Paper, 8vo., 15 pp. Rare.

Bertram, Charles. Is'nt it wonderful. A History of Magic and Mystery. Tricks and Reminiscences. London, 1896. Cloth, 4to., 301 pp., Illustrated.

-A chat with Mr. Chas. Bertram. New Penny Magazine, Xmas. No. 1899. pp. 481-7. Illustrated with »seven photos.

——Are Indian Jugglers Humbugs. Strand, Dec., 1899. pp. 657-644, Illustrated.

Bertrand, Victor. Les Silhouettes Animées à la Main. Avec 65 Figures de Pose, et 17 Patrons d'accessories. Paris, 1893. Paper, 4to., 200 pp. (The most complete work on Hand Shadows).

Besant, W. Herr Paulus ; His Rise, His Greatness, His Fall. Anti-Spiritualistic, New York. Paper, 342 pp.

Bishop, Washington Irving. Houdin and Hellers Second Sight. Edinburgh, 1880. Paper 8vo., 78 pp., Rare.

Contains some excellent Conjuring Tricks, apparently accomplished by Second Sight. The tricks are very cleverly arranged and do not appear in any other books on conjuring.

Blair, S. H. The Feats of a Lightning Calculator (Mr. Sol. Stone). Penny Pictorial Magazine, N.D., pp. 8486, Illustrated.

Blitz, Antonio. Fifty years in the Magic Circle. Being an account of the Author's professional life, his wonderful tricks and feats, with laughable incidents and adventures as a Magician and Ventriloquist by A.B. Hartford, Conn., 1871. Cloth, large 8vo., with Author's portrait on steel. 432 pp., Illustrated. Very scarce and interesting.

Borlase, J. S. The King of the Conjurers. London, 1877. Cloth and gilt, 8vo. 324 pp. Frontispiece. Illustrated.

This book is written in the form of a romance around facts in the life of Houdin and his assistant, and describes his performances in Paris and Algeria.

Bowdoin, W. G. Playing Cards of all Nations. Metropolitan, N.Y., Nov. 1899.

Boyd, Mrs., A. S. Indian Jugglers. Blackwood's Magazine, Dec., 1900, Vol. 166, p. 834.

Boys' Book of Pastime (The) or Fun for the Holidays and Recreations for Evenings at Home. Containing every variety of practical puzzles, card tricks, enigmas, scientific recreations, &c., &c. London, 1861, Boards, 8vo., 120 pp., Illustrated.

Boys of England Conjuring Book. London, N.D., paper 32pp., Illustrated.

Boys' Own Conjuring Book (The). Being a complete handbook of Parlour Magic, and containing over one thousand optical, chemical, and magical experiments, sleights and subtleties, card deceptions, puzzles, &c., &c. New York, i860. Cloth, 8vo., 384 pp., frontispiece, illustrated.

Boys' Own Paper Office. Indoor games and recreations. A popular encyclopaedia for boys. Cloth and gilt, illustrated. A voluminous work on all kinds of indoor amusements.

Boys' Own Treasurery of Sports and Pastimes by Rev. J. G. Wood, J. H. Pepper, Bennett. Miller, and others. London, 1866. Cloth and Gilt, 8vo., 626 pp., upwards of 400 illustrations.

This is a varied collection of sports, games, amusements, and pastimes, including conjuring and scientific amusements.

Braceland, Professor. Parlour Amusements, or the whole art of Natural Magic laid open and explained. Philadelphia, 1889. Paper 8vo., 96pp.

The top line on the leaves reads " Hocus Pocus."

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DIRECTIONS—Cut out these directions; then ask a friend to look at Card No. 2 and select a sentence, telling you from which division he has chosen. Now ask him to look at Card No. 1 and to point out to you the division on which he finds the same sentence, you will then tell him which sentence it is.

To do this at a glance proceed as follows :—Your friend having told you from which division on Card No. 2 the sentence has been chosen, you take note of the number of that division counting thus

This number will be found to correspond with the number of the line (counting from the bottom of the division) on which the sentence appears on Card No. 1.

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