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| death_year  = 1889
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Robert Nickle (May 2, 1842 - November 5, 1889), born John Newbanks in Troy, New York, began his career as a magician after purchasing [[Jim De Barr]]'s show and went on to become one of the most successful magicians of his day. De Barr also provided him the name "Nickle" because he had said he "wasn't worth a dime".   
 
Robert Nickle (May 2, 1842 - November 5, 1889), born John Newbanks in Troy, New York, began his career as a magician after purchasing [[Jim De Barr]]'s show and went on to become one of the most successful magicians of his day. De Barr also provided him the name "Nickle" because he had said he "wasn't worth a dime".   
  
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Nickle was known for performing and popularizing the [[Breakaway Fan]].
 
Nickle was known for performing and popularizing the [[Breakaway Fan]].
  
He died at a relatively young age, collapsing after a show at the Globe Theater in Washington, D.C., from a combination of heart failure, tuberculosis and alcoholism.  He was picked up unconscious in the streets of Washington and carried to a hospital where he died. Nickle was later buried in a potter's field somewhere near Washington.
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[[Walter Edwin Floyd]], was first associated with magic when he began working as an assistant to Nickle at the age of 18.
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He died at a relatively young age, collapsing after a show at the Globe Theater in [[Washington, D.C.]], from a combination of heart failure, tuberculosis and alcoholism.  He was picked up unconscious in the streets of Washington and carried to a hospital where he died. Nickle was later buried in a potter's field somewhere near Washington.
  
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== References ==
 
* Looking Backward by Henry Hatton in Sphinx Vol. 05 page 66 (1906)
 
* Looking Backward by Henry Hatton in Sphinx Vol. 05 page 66 (1906)
 
* Robert Nickle Centennial by John Mulholland, Sphinx Vol 41 (1942), page 123.  
 
* Robert Nickle Centennial by John Mulholland, Sphinx Vol 41 (1942), page 123.  

Revision as of 10:36, 25 July 2010

Robert Nickle
BornJohn Newbanks
May 2 1842
Troy, New York
DiedNovember 5 1889 (age 47)
Washington, D.C.
NationalityAmerican

Robert Nickle (May 2, 1842 - November 5, 1889), born John Newbanks in Troy, New York, began his career as a magician after purchasing Jim De Barr's show and went on to become one of the most successful magicians of his day. De Barr also provided him the name "Nickle" because he had said he "wasn't worth a dime".

He often told people that his real name was "Charles Robert Nicholls" and attributed his start in magic to Alexander Herrmann.

Nickle was known for performing and popularizing the Breakaway Fan.

Walter Edwin Floyd, was first associated with magic when he began working as an assistant to Nickle at the age of 18.

He died at a relatively young age, collapsing after a show at the Globe Theater in Washington, D.C., from a combination of heart failure, tuberculosis and alcoholism. He was picked up unconscious in the streets of Washington and carried to a hospital where he died. Nickle was later buried in a potter's field somewhere near Washington.

References

  • Looking Backward by Henry Hatton in Sphinx Vol. 05 page 66 (1906)
  • Robert Nickle Centennial by John Mulholland, Sphinx Vol 41 (1942), page 123.
  • Magic A Pictorial History History of Conjurers in the Theater By David Price, (1985)