Death Of Herr Dobler

" Bristolians will learn with regret of the death of Herr Dobler, who in his day was one of the clevcrest sleight-of-hand performers before the public. He was a native of this city, and was the son of Professor Buck, who in his day secured high fame as a conjuror. Herr Dobler's entertainments in Bristol were always well supported, and on many and many occasions were the old Athenaeum and the first Colston Hall crowded with delighted audiences. In other parts of the country he was an equally sure draw. In private life his geniality won for him the friendship of a very wide circle, and, being a born humorist, he turned his sleight of hand to account on many occasions when off the stage. There must be many in the ranks of senior billiard players who remember the fun he so often caused in the billiard-room of the Queen's Hotel, Clifton. An old trick was to engage the player's attention with his pleasant badinage, and then whisk off one of the balls without either of the opponents being aware of what had been done. Of course, he soon got to be suspected, and a friendly rush would be made at him. The ball, however, could never be captured upon him, for he contrived to slip it back just as deftly as he had previously removed it. On one occasion Herr Dobler, whilst cn a visit to his native city, walked through the High Street Fruit and Flower Market. He purchased some oranges, and opening one of these in front of the woman who served him, exposed a half-crown, which was apparently inside the fruit. He went through a dozen of them, taking a similar coin from the middle of each, and gently chiding the market woman, warned her she would never make her fortune if she sold oranges for a shilling a dozen when, as he had shown her, they were worth at least half-a-crown each. He then walked away, and the mystified old lady, believing what she had seen wasgenuine, made an attack upon the rest of the oranges in her basket, needless to say without discovering any silver. Herr Dobler and his friends watched with great enjoyment the way in which the remaining oranges were slaughtered, and returning, more than made good the loss which his sleight of hand was responsible for. His real name was George William S. Buck, and he passed away on Monday, at 25 Holborn Mansions, Aberdeen, at the age of 66 years.—Bristol Times, March 23rd, 1904.

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(In every issue from No. i, Vol i, to piesent date).


Production of one handkerchief from hands shown bare, then producing four at once from bag in leg of trousers near knee, vanishing all of them, one at a time, using hand-box, finger and holder on back of hand, dropping all into shelf on back of chair, which shelf he folded up in picking up chair with one hand and turned chair around showing back of it to audience as he placed it aside ; finally finding duplicate handkerchiefs all tied together down the back of confederate planted in the audience, (see " Conjuring for Amateurs-")

Hat and money catching, using a coin producer in each sleeve. In pouring coins on to plate, loaded baby-clothes into hat and produced same.

His well-known Coffee Production. Three cups and boxes with paper shavings, producing milk, sugar and coffee. Full explanation may be obtained from the office of " Magic" for 1/-, post free, 1/3.

Production of Paper Flowers in paper cone. Ver3' cleverly executed, picking up the flowers 011 the back of his hand from a small shelf 011 side table and folding the paper over his hand, doing this three or four times and then producing a large bunch of flowers in the cone, loaded from the bosom of his vest by thread.

Inexhaustible Bottle—Borrowed rings, rings loaded into pistol and shot into nest of boxes where they are found in last one attached to flowers, excepting the missing ring which is found in the bottle attached to a guinea pig, from which same bottle drinks have been poured.

His growth of natural flowers from flower pots, same as explained in "Leaves from Conjurers' Scrap Books."

Th n followed " Out of Sight " (or how to get rid of a wife) known also as " One, Two, Three." The illusion with black background where the lady is shot out of a chair while suspended in the air, chair dropping to the floor.

Then followed introduction of the Spirit Pitcher, Trick, where wine and water alternately are produced from a pitcher of water. (See explanation in our last issue).

Then followed the " Mystery of L'Hassa" ; the same as explained in our pamphlet " Tricks in Magic."

" The Shrine of Koomra Sami." Special stage settings for this extending across back of stage with apparently three partitions extending out in front of it. These partitions apparently about two feet in depth, open at the top, appearing to have mirror sides reflecting the back. A cabinet, containing a ¡-mall cabinet inside of it, is placed in front in the centre close to the back, and in this cabinet then appears the two persons as explained in the book last above mentioned, under the name of this illusion. As soon as this appearance is over the cabinet is removed, a small irncccnt looking table is placed in frcnt oi the centre of stage setting, and Kellar standing on top of same or on a high chair, hangs a curtain aroun4 a hocp about six feet above table top. This curtain reaches to about one inch below the top of table.

In a moment this curtain is removed and a large basket in style of a hamper is seen resting upon the table, and sitting in the basket is seen Mrs. Kel'ar made up as a " Queen of Roses." Very pretty and effective. She appeared to come through th • back centre of scene behind the curtain. (This seems to be the reverse of the illusion mentioned in our last programme. Ed.)

The regular Cassadaga Propaganda Cabinet placed on a sheet of glass, introducing the playing tambourine, writing 011 a slate, dancing handkerchief, and a game of cards with one of audience. An explanation of this, also performed at the Egyptian Hall, will be found in "Magic and Stage Illusions " (Hopkins).

" Karmos," exactly as explained in our pamphlet "Tricks in Magic." The tests introduced were the " Knight's Tour," and reading a whole deck of cards while one is held up to view of audience. His manner indicated a man from the side was viewing the cards. Bank Note test the same way. Then the cubing and extracting cube root of numbers, finishing with the regular black-board business.

Following this came the "Simla Seance." The 1 cabinet used is the same as used in Daffodil Downy i Seance, and is built up on stage. This was placed against back centre of stage, which is a very pretty | setting of a large vase containing a bouquet of flowers, and which was painted by the scenic artist of the Schiller : Theatre here, Mr. Moses. The vase itself is a trap in the scene, and a man enters through this vase, through | the back of cabinet into same, and then the usual cabinet ! work, dispensing with any rope tying feats.

The performance concluded with the illusion of Flyto, which was very nicely introduced. The illusion is one where two girls are employed in dress both made up exactly alike : the audience are, of course, not aware of the duplicity.


Houdini, the "Handcuff King," has a rival. A Birmingham postman named James Day, according to the Postman's Gazette, submitted himself to the Aston police, who, after loading him with nine pairs of regulation handcuffs, two pairs of non-slipping clips, and one patent unpickable end lock, were astouis'ied to find that 'he freed himself in a few minutes.

In two other demonstrations he has proved equally successful.—Daily Mail, Monday, 21st March, 1904.

I11 reference to a recent handcuff test, a leading daily paper stated that the handcuffs employed took five years to make, and cost one hundred pounds (^100) and, according to the description of the manacles, a skillëd mechanic must have been employed. ? How much an hour did the man get who made them.

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