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Day Francis

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Day Francis


Day Francis (fl.1800s), self-proclaimed "Emperor of all the Conjurors " made a brief swing through the northeastern United States in 1816, appearing in such major cities as New York, Philadelphia, and Boston.


On July 6, 1816, he began his performance in Concert Hall, Boston, after having appeared eighty-four nights in Mechanical Hall in New York, and a similarly lengthy engagement at the Olympic Theatre in Philadelphia. His tricks advertised included 1. Thaumaturgic horolgium, 2. Stenographical operation, imbibing a person's thoughts in an instant, 3. The Deceptive Thermapsichia, or an omelette experiment, 4. An operation in papyromancy, 5. His grand ovarium, or obsequious ball, 6. Pyramid of Glasses, and 7. Various cartomatic deceptions never exhibited here before with cards.

His appearances continued through September 11th, when he left Boston for a tour to the West Indies. [1] [2]

His "Stanislas Outdone. The New Hocus Pocus, or the Whole Art of Legerdemain" (Philadelphia in 1818), a compilation of earlier works on conjuring, was one of the first books on magic published in America.[3]


  1. Boston's Early Magicians By John Mulholland, Sphinx, January 1943
  2. Sphinx, October 1929
  3. Charles Joseph Pecor. Magician on the American Stage, The. (1977): 94