1800s

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The century of the 1800s.


Selected Magic Events By Year

(click on date to see all magic events in that year)

  • 1809 - The magician Torrini, some sources believe, performs the first version of Sawing a woman in half in front of Pope Pius VII. This, however, is greatly debated.
  • 1810 - P. T. Barnum, an American showman famous for founding the circuses that would later become the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, in born
  • 1811 - Richard Potter performs an An Evening's Brush to Sweep Away Care, or a Medley to Please, at the Columbian Museum in Boston
  • 1814 - The first recorded performence of pulling a white rabbit from a top hat is performed by Louis Comte
  • 1817 - Wiljalba Frikell, a German magician who developed an act without the usual equipment on stage, is born
  • 1824 - Chemische Belustigungen Nürnberg (ie Nuremberg Chemical Amusements), a reprint of Chemical Amusement, is published
  • 1826 - "Torrini" De Grisy, is killed when he is accidentally shot by his son, Giovanni, during a performance of the bullet catch
  • 1831 - The "Double-sighted Phenomenon", an eight-year-old Scottish boy, performs Second Sight
  • 1832 - Thomas W. Yost, a magic dealer and one of the early pioneers in the manufacturing magical apparatus, is born
  • 1834 - Ching Lau Lauro, who started out as a juggler, adds magic and ventriloquism to his act
  • 1838 - The Royal Polytechnic, a permanent science-related fair, opens
  • 1839 - Louis Haselmayer, the "Prince of Prestidigitators, Magician, Necromancer, Musician, and Educator of Birds, is born
  • 1841 - The words 'hypnosis' and 'hypnotism' are coined by James Braid, circa. 1841
  • 1842 - The term psychometry was coined by Joseph Rodes Buchanan
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