|Born||Carl August Bohm|
November 5? 1821
Chevalier Agoston (1821 - 1876), born Carl August Bohm in Germany, was a performer who specialized in doing ghost shows.
In the 1860's, he had a ship turned into a magic drawing room which traveled up and down the Rhine river as a floating Temple of Mystery, giving performances, but it was not very successful.
When performing around Germany, Austria, Hungary and Switzerland, he erected a stage called "Solon Agoston". His performances were divided into three parts, first, Drawing Room Magic, second, Wonder Fountain and Fog Pictures, and third, Ghost Apparitions.
One of his greatest inventions was the "Flying Bird Cage", which was a long round cage, which disappeared while being held in one hand.
He later returned to Berlin where, it is told, he died of starvation.
Apparently after his death, Mrs. Agoston performed as a magician in Oriental costume with surprising success.
He gave lessons to his nephew, Prof. Ernst G. A. Agoston, who carried on his magic legacy.
- Linking Ring July, 1929, page 480
- Linking Ring July, 1931 - Cover