Dr. Walford Bodie
|Dr. Walford Bodie|
|Born||Samuel Murphy Bodie|
June 11, 1869
|Died||October 19, 1939 (age 70) |
|Resting place||Doune Churchyard near Macduff|
|Categories||Books by Dr. Walford Bodie|
Dr. Walford Bodie (1869-1939), not a real doctor, was a hypnotist, magician, ventriloquist, and "electrician".
Bodie developed an early interest in conjuring and ventriloquism. One of his first performances was at Stonehaven Town Hall in 1884 at the age of 15 years
Bodie first appeared in London in 1903 at the Britannia Theatre where he act was billed as 'Electric Wizardry' and included so called 'bloodless surgery'. Ricky Jay describes the Bodie's act in his book Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women in a chapter entitled 'Genius or Charlatan? Walford Bodie, M.D.'
Shortly before his death, Bodie appeared on the BBC radio program "Abracadabra! or Magic Over Scotland" on March 30, 1939.
The article in MUM January 2008 article "HOUDINI & BODIE: TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS" by Richard Hatch shows Bodie's, likely Houdini inspired, poster using his court experience for publicity. Even though he lost the court case, you would not know it from the poster.
- The Bodie Book (1905)
- ↑ Roger Woods and Brian Lead. Showmen or Charlatans. (2005)
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