Part Ii

SECOND SIGHT; its Fallacy illustrated.



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(Bj Mufter JOHN HENRY A.\OERSON). B. will CUM hi. Son toinhalc . small portion of Chloroform, aufteieot to •end bin to Sleep. He .ill then dupl.y the Extraordinary Effect of lb. Drag, which bu baffled the whole of the Mt-dical Profettion of Boas., Pnieeia, Germany, and e.ery Country which Profeaaor ANDERSON bu receotl, rutin!. THE CHILD WILL SLEEP IN THE Ali, HIg ONLY SUPPORT A WALKING STICK.




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Selected from the portfolio of Mr. ARTHUR MARGERY.

explanatory Ppogpammes.

HENRI FRENCH (Conjurer^.

Programme, EMPIRE, June iSth, 1901.

Stage carpeted and furnished as drawing-room, wings closed with curtain screens, small entrance to stage at rear. The Entertainment is divided into two parts, Comic juggling and'a travesty on Chung Ling Soo,

Chinese Magician. French attired in ridiculous costume, with; red wig and dilapidated top hat, enters on one small bicycle wheel, running around the stage, hat falls off, and a large notice on his back reads "There's hair."

Ring's ve^ large bell standing in centre of stage, attendant enters and enacts funny business while performer j uggles a plate and balances same on nose. Juggles four odd objects, (plate &c. ) two in each hand—dexterous dropping and catching of plate.

Throws hat, plate, small ball of paper ; catches hat 011 head and paper ball under hat, lifting hat from behind.

Small table, 15 to 18 inches square laid with cloth and crockery—removes cloth with a quick jerk without disturbing crockery. Attendant attempts to do the same at table on opposite side of stage and smashes everything, exasperated goes to opposite table and proceeds to deliberately smash and pitch its contents at French.

Lights candle and pockets lighted match, jerks cigar from table into mouth, lights cigar at candle held in right hand, extinguishes candle by causing it to describe a half turn in air and to fall back into candle-stick. Juggles candle-stick on arm, and finally throws candle, candle-stick, and table (a small guéridon).

Jerks top hat from seat of chair 011 to head, from head 011 to peg of hat stand. Throws hat from toot to head. Throws cigar, hat, and umbrella. Lays cigar 011 hat ; throws hat—cigar goes in mouth and hat on head.

Holding umbrella at the centre with hat on ferrule end, jerks hat, causing it to roll along body of umbrella and right fore-arm and to fall on the handle of umbrella ; throws hat from handle to head then jerks it on to peg of hat stand.

Throws egg, ball, and plate ; then throws egg very high and catches on plate several times without breaking egg. Breaks egg on plate to show real. Attendant catches smell of egg makes grimace and lights a cigar. French also endeavours to light cigar at electric light which goes out, he then rubs it as he would a match 011 seat of trousers when it re-lights.

Keeps ringing big bell to re-call attendant.

Puts large jar and a quantity of plates on end ot pole and attempts to balance on head, but all fall to ground when attendant shouts ; French throws plates &c. at the attendant who retires hurriedly. Rings bell again.

Throws three Black wood balls , about five inches diameter, occasionally letting one bounce 011 floor, suddenly one hits him on the head and he appears stunned, but eventually goes on throwing the balls until struck again. When he throws all three one by one, violently 011 the stage—the two first are wood, the third i. e. the one that struck him turns out to be indiarubber.

Throws iron wash-stand basin and jug and afterwards pours a quantity of water from jug into basin. (Applause).

Throws three revolvers firing them at same time, and eventually blowing off wig and revealing French. Speaks for the first time announcing that he will give an imitation of the greatest Chinese conjurer.

Four attendants, attired in Chinese costume, enter and clear away mess from juggling show by lifting it bodily away in carpet—afterwards putting down a fresh carpet.

French enters with rod and line and works the Fish Catching Trick. (This is a bit over done at this date, and gives one the idea that the Eastern Conjurers are no more prolific than their Western Confrères. Fish catching and Back hand coin and card palming are now stale, in fact, worked and exposed to death).

Next follows several productions which are well worked but which are really not suprising when one takes into consideration that they take place under cover of flowing skirts and a cloth as large as a counterpane—and further the performer leaves the stage by the opening at reat at the close of each production obviously to load up the next in order. The several productions were in order as follows.—A full grown collie dog. Bowl of water with ducks and pigeons. Bowl of fire. A piccanniny. In conclusion the performer gives the impression that he is about to cause the disappearance of the piccanniny under the cloth, but really produces a second picanniny by the side of the first. The mis-direction proves all that could be desired.

n. 15.—The performer retires and loads up the second piccanniny while the audience are amused at the antics ctit by the one marching around the stage. There is really tno necessity for the performer to carry the piccanniny on this person ; the child could very well run secretly into cloth which is waved about quite near to, and in a manner at times to completely hide the lower part of entrance at the rear of the stage.

Çonjuping v. Juggling.

Conjurers are now combining juggling with their conjuring shows—see Explanatory Programme on page 91 of this issue. The idea is not absolutely novel as our editor has adopted it in his entertainment for the past ten years, and "New Juggling Tricks" is the outcome of his experience.

The addition of juggling to a conjuring show may be made at once. Experienced conjurers very naturally possess many of the qualities of the juggler, especially present day performers, and quickly take to the expert handling of the different objects ; but at the outset, what the conjurer adopting juggling lacks in dexterity he makes up in burlesque, and if applause goes for anything, is even more successful than if he presented dexterity pure and simple.

It is frequently on record that a man having spent a great part of his life perfecting some feat of dexterity is pushed on one side to make room for a questionable comic song Should this be ? Well ! it is reasonable enough for people, having paid to be amused, to expect to enjoy the exhilirating effects of a good hearty laugh (magic makes them think) and it is 011 this account that conjurers will probably find it to their interest to adopt juggling, burlesque or otherwise, as a novel means of breaking the monotony of too long wondering how it is done.

A Necromancer of the XVIII Century.

By Henry Ridgely Evans. Author of " Hours with the Ghosts&c., &c. (Continued from page 76.)

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