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Leaves from Conjurers' Scrap Books
AuthorH. J. Burlingame
PublisherDonohue, Henneberry & Co.
Publication Date1891
LanguageEnglish
Pages274
 

PREFACE.


Modern Magic, skillfully presented, has many attractions, and this book has been written because such a book was repeatedly asked for. Therefore no apology is needed for its publication.

H.J.B. Chicago, January, 1891.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I.

INTRODUCTION. Of the Mysteries of the Black Art.—The Old School Conjurers. Comte's Talent; his Tricks.— The Dexterity of Philippe and Torrini.— The Genius of Anderson for Advertising.— Account of Robert Houdin; his Successful Career as a Conjurer.

CHAPTER II.

AMERICAN CONJURERS. Zera Semon.— Edward Reno.— Prof. Samuels.— J. M. Balabrega.— M. Hartz.— Carl Hertz..— Imro Fox.— Wm.— Robinson.— "Zanzic." Prof. Zamloch.— Charles F. Fillebrown.— Powell Brothers.— Variety Performers.— Prof. Canaris, the Greek." —The Romance Of Prof. Henry Willio.— Goldberg.— Hatton.— Eddie Abbott, the “Only Boy Magician."— Robert Heller.

CHAPTER III.

PROMINENT CONJURERS ABROAD. John Nevil Maskelyne.— Dr. Holden.— Dr. Lynn.— Robert Kudarz.— Buatier de Kolta.— The Bamberg and Basch Families.— Jacoby.— Harms.— German and French Conjurers.— Prof. Patrizio.— Prof. Hartwig Seeman.

CHAPTER IV.

PROMINENT AND SKILLFUL AMATEURS. Amateurs of the Pacific Coast.— "Mine Host" Taylor.— The Apparatus Amateurs buy.— Chicago Amateurs.— Salo Ansbach; his Career.

CHAPTER V.

THE HERRMANNS AND HARRY KELLAR. The Original Carl Herrmann.— Alexander Herrmann; his Confederates; How They Sometimes Fail.— Harry Kellar; his Travels. Alexander Herrmann's Cremation.— Martino's Sphinx.— Kellar's Growth of Flowers.

CHAPTER VI.

HYPNOTISTS AND THEIR EXPERIMENTS. How to Hypnotize.— The use of Confederates.— The Kennedy Brothers.— Robert Fulton's Experiments.— "Professor" Johnson.

CHAPTER VII.

MIND—READERS AND THEIR TRICKS. J. Randall Brown.— Washington Irving Bishop.— Stuart Cumberland. —How to Become a Mind-Reader.— Seymour.— Paul Alexander Johnstone.— Remarkable "Test" by Sid. Macaire.— Lucy de Gentry; her Quick Success.— An Aspiring Amateur's Predicament.

CHAPTER VIII.

INSTANTANEOUS MEMORIZATION. The Art of Memory.— Instantaneous Memorization made use of by Patrizio.— Effects Produced by Hatton and Roberth.

CHAPTER IX.

SECOND—SIGHT AND ANTI SPIRITUALIST ARTISTS. The Balabregas, Roucleres, Merlins.— Prof. Marvelle.— Anna Eva Fay; her Exciting Chicago Experience.— The Baldwins.— The Steens.

CHAPTER X.

THE VANISHING LADY, COCOON, CREMATION AND OTHER ILLUSIONS. The Vanishing Lady.— The Magic Husband.— The Cocoon.— Alexander Herrmann's Decapitations.— Vanek's Decapitation.— Cremation.— The "Mystery of She."— "The Lady from an Envelope." —The Spirit Bell of Prof. Alkahazar.— The "Amphitrite" Illusion.

CHAPTER XI.

PECULIAR HAPPENINGS. The St. Louis Genius.— The Impatient Albany Man.— Some Remarkable Letters.— East Indian Fakirs.— What Barnello Saw.— The Sailor and his Parrot.

CHAPTER XII.

MISCELLANEOUS SKETCHES. Dr. Holden's Adventures in Egypt, Algeria and India —Deaf Men at a Show.— Frazer Coulter's Failure as an Assistant.— The Old Trick of "Prof. Hume."— Baron Seeman's Wit and Ingenuity; his Russian Experience.— Old Bamberg's Arrest; his Skill.— How D'Alvini Broke up the Sharpers.— Foreign and Home Audiences.— Lady Professionals.— The Future of the Art.

APPENDIX. Instantaneous Memorization Code.— Application for a Patent on a Spirit Room.— The "Stroubaika" Illusion.— The Palanquin Trick.— Heller's Second—Sight Code


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