H. J. Sargent

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See also: John William Sargent (1852-1920), who performed as "Sargent the Merry Wizard".
H. J. Sargent
BornJanuary 1, 1843
Machiasport, Maine
DiedFebruary 5, 1896 (age 53)
Leeds, England
Resting placeWoodhouse Cemetery, Leeds

H. J. Sargent (1843-1896) was a magician, illusionist, actor and manager known as "Colonel H.J. Sargent, the Wizard of the South."

Biography

When four years of age, he was taken to Boston, Massachusetts, where he was educated. As a young man he made his professional debut as utility actor at the Boston Theatre during the season 1858. Shortly afterwards he went into the mercantile business and in 1861 went to New York City. At the breaking out of the American Civil War he enlisted in the 14th Regiment and served for three years.

In 1864 he returned to the stage as a magician, and made a tour of the United States. His last engagement as an actor was in 1868, at the Mobile Theatre in Alabama. He then managed a number of traveling troupes and in 1869 he became lessee and manager of the Lyceum Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts.

He next went to Indianapolis, Indiana and afterwards managed the National Theatre, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

In 1875 Sargent was engaged by Robert Heller to accompany him to California, and take the management of his business.

In 1891 he performed a combined show with Hercat called "Cagliostromantheum."[1]

Mr. Sargent also returned to England, where he went from bad to worse, until he died in extreme poverty at an infirmary in Leeds, England.[2]

An obituary in the London newspaper The Era says that he was buried in Woodhouse Cemetery, in Leeds. The cemetery was closed in 1969, and its records are now in the collection of the University of Leeds.[3]

References

  1. David Price’s Magic
  2. AN AMERICAN MAGICIAN WHO DIED IN AN ENGLISH POORHOUSE By HARRY HOUDINI, MUM, Feb 1918
  3. http://forums.geniimagazine.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=42606
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