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Barnardo Eagle

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Barnardo Eagle
BornGeorge Barnard EAGLE
December 18, 1806
St Mary The Virgin, Monken Hadley, Middlesex, England.
DiedMay 5, 1858 (age 51)
The Pollett, Guernesey, Channel Islands

Barnardo EAGLE (b.1806-d.1858), born George Barnard EAGLE, known as a British magician, was one of the stars of the early era of stage magic and clearly had a taste for the bombastic, touring as "The Royal Wizard of the South". In doing so, he set himself in direct opposition to his more famous rival John Henry Anderson, known as "The Great Wizard of the North", with whom he maintained a strong rivalry, being a thorn in the side of John Henry Anderson. He married Jane HOWELL on 17 Feb 1833 at St Stephen Coleman Street, England. They had 5 childs : Georgiana Eagle, born 1835, died on 7 march 1911 in Hornsey, Middlesex, England. He got married Mariage on 14 Apr 1844 (14 avr. 1844) - Hereford, Herefordshire, England (Angleterre)with Hannah EDWARDS.


George Barnard EAGLE, known as Barnardo EAGLE, is chiefly remembered for his shameless copying of the tricks of John Henry Anderson, known as "The Great Wizard of the North". Eagle copied John Henry Anderson's Gun Trick, "Great Gun Delusion" and exposed the secret of the Gun Trick in a book. Eagle, who appropriated even Anderson's title, published a pamphlet : The Life and History of the Royal Wizard of the South (circa 1840) on the long, flamboyant title-page of which he described himself as a Professor of Experimental Philosophy.[1]

John Henry Anderson toured Australia in the late 1850s. Charles Waller, author of the research manuscript published Magical Nights at the Theatre, made a connexion and a confusion between the two. Unfortunately, Barnardo EAGLE is not the magician who came to Australia in 1856, nor, as far as we know, did he ever venture down under. All of Charles Waller’s paragraphs are based on an incorrect assumption, easily made since “Professor Eagle” is only mentioned by his first name, James, on a handful of occasions. While the Australian press did speak of Barnardo Eagle in 1847, it was only to reproduce articles from the British press.

He taught his daughter Georgiana Eagle, who performed a second sight act. Georgiana Eagle, was among the first successful female magicians and eventually became Queen Victoria’s personal psychic. This third edition manual for magicians was published in 1846 and made $32,000 at Martinka in New Jersey in 2011.

According to a genealogical researcher and a news article of May 1858, Barnardo EAGLE died, onstage, on May 5, 1858 at St Peter's Port in Guernsey, Channel Islands. and was'nt in Australia in the late 1950.



  1. Old Conjuring Books by Trevor H. Hall (1972)