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H. J. Burlingame

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H. J. Burlingame
BornHardin Jasper Elroy Burlingame
June 14, 1852
Manitowec, Wisconsin
DiedAugust 27, 1915 (age 63)
Syracuse, Indiana
Resting placeSyracuse Cemetery, Indiana
CategoriesBooks by H. J. Burlingame

H. J. Burlingame (1852 - 1915) was a professional magician for a brief time but more noted as a magic dealer and author.


His father and mother were among the earliest settlers of Chicago. After living in Wisconsin for some time, they moved back to Chicago. When he was about twenty, Burlingame went to Holland, subsequently traveling throughout Europe on foot as correspondent for an American paper.

Burlingame took lessons from David Tobias Bamberg (Okito's father) in Europe and eventually used the stage name "Jasper Bamberg" while performing in Chicago.

After having returned to live in Chicago for some years he returned to Europe and made a professional tour as a conjurer. He then came back to America, residing in Baltimore and Cincinnati, finally back to his old home of Chicago to settle down.

At one point, operated 3 businesses at the same time. Chas. L. Burlingame & Co. (manufacturing apparatus and illusions), Ralph E. Sylvestre & Co. (specializing in stage mindreading and fake mediums) and George L. Williams & Co. (for the general public)

His gradual bad health culminated in a general nervous breakdown forcing him to leave Chicago and take a long rest. In 1907, he moved to Syracuse, Indiana where he resided until his death.[1] [2] [3]



  1. Cover, Mahatma, Vol. 2, No. 6, December 1898, H. J. Burlingame of Chicago, page 171
  2. Stanyon's Magic, Vol. 1, No. 10, July 1901, Moderne Magicians – Mr. H. J. Burlingame, page 81
  3. The Sphinx, Vol. 14, No. 8, October 1915, In Rememberance and as a Slight Tribute to my old and valued Friend, Hardin Jasper Elroy Burlingame, by Frederick Eugene Powell, page 143
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  • The Annals of Conjuring, by Sydney W. Clarke, 1929 (reprint 2001), 12. Conjurors Yesterday and Today, America – Burlingame, page 353
  • M-U-M, Vol. 58, No. 12, May 1969, Ask the Doctor, by Dr. John Henry Grossman – about H. J. Burlingame, page 18
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 59, No. 9, September 1979, The Legacy of H. J. Burlingame by Stephen R. Patrick, page 61
  • The Perennial Mystics, Vol. 7, ca. 1998, 20. Hardin Jasper Elroy Burlingame, page 66
  • The New Tops, Vol. 33, No. 11, November 1993, MEN OF MAGIC, by Robert Olson, H. J. Burlingame, page 39
  • The Magic Circular, Vol. 88, No. 944, April 1994, A Rich Cabinet, by Edwin A. Dawes – 200. The Forgotten World of Sid Macaire – H. J. Burlingame, page 4
  • Bio-bibliographisches Lexikon der Zauberkünstler Edition Volker Huber, April 2002, Burlingame, Hardin Jasper = Jasper Bamberg; Ralph E. Sylvestre, USA Zauberartikelhändler; Zauberkunst-Fachschriftsteller; Zauberkünstler; Sammler (*14.06.1852 Mantitowac Falls, Wisconsin; †27.08.1915), page 67