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Kia Khan Khruse

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Kia Khan Khruse

Kia (or Khia) Khan Khruse (fl. 1810-1820), a successor to Ramo Samee, was a profession magician in England around 1810 to l820.


In 1818 Khruse, as a member of the Ramo Samee Juggling Troupe from India, was rumored to have been shot to death at the Pall Mall Music Hall in Dublin. Professor Edwin A. Dawes well refuted this death with his discovery of a poster that denies the dramatic death. The poster, dated August 26, 1818 reads:

Mr. Ramo Samee, principal performer, wishes to intimate to the public that there is no truth in the statement as to one of the jugglers dying in consequence of Swallowing the Sword, or being shot with a Pistol in Ireland.

Kia Khan Khruse's own statement concerning his alleged end is found in a sentence from one of his playbill's in 1818:

And again (though it has been said that he was killed in performing this Astonishing Trick) he will catch in his hand a marked Bullet, added to the powder-loading of a Pistol which anyone present may fire at him for that purpose.

Billed as the Chief of the Indian Jugglers, his performance featured contortionism and balancing feats followed by magic. He worked with swords, rings, balls, knives, handkerchiefs, ladders and money. Some performed while blindfolded.[1][2]

Khruse also introduced the Needle Trick to Europe around 1818.


  1. Great Illusionists by Edwin A. Dawes (1979)
  2. 27. KIA KHAN KHRUSE AND THE BULLET CATCH in the Complete Rich Cabinet of Magical Curiosities by Edwin A. Dawes (2005)