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by Kent Blackmore
August 12th, 2017, 4:44 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Professor Thomas Rea – Ventriloquism, Magic, Balloons and Scandal
Replies: 1
Views: 175

Professor Thomas Rea – Ventriloquism, Magic, Balloons and Scandal

For the first time, a detailed history of Professor Thomas Rea; one of the earliest Magicians in Australia (1844-1889), Ventriloquist, Puppeteer, Gunsmith, pioneer Hot Air Balloonist .... and child molester.

http://sydneymagic.net/HISTORY/REA/rea.html
by Kent Blackmore
July 17th, 2017, 9:39 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The terrrible death of Professor Rignold
Replies: 0
Views: 347

The terrrible death of Professor Rignold

A new story, from a long time ago. The tragic death of Professor Rignold during Australia's gold-rush days, while performing a trick with a gun (but not the Bullet Catch).

http://sydneymagic.net/HISTORY/RIGNOLD/rignold.html
by Kent Blackmore
July 11th, 2017, 7:44 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Professor Hennicke and Madame Stella in Australia & N.Z.
Replies: 0
Views: 139

Professor Hennicke and Madame Stella in Australia & N.Z.

My latest addition to the story of early magicians in Australia is now up http://sydneymagic.net/HISTORY/HENNICKE/hennicke.html Professor Hennicke (a.k.a. sometimes as Abda Shah) toured extensively in Australia and New Zealand between 1866-1890 with his wife, Madame Stella, performing the Arabian Bo...
by Kent Blackmore
July 11th, 2017, 7:40 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Levante Book
Replies: 12
Views: 1468

Re: Levante Book

Nice! If you have a chance anytime, a photo would be great. Thanks for the 2002 comments on my book too, which I only just spotted!
by Kent Blackmore
August 9th, 2016, 7:46 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Death of Lesley Piddington
Replies: 3
Views: 943

Death of Lesley Piddington

Lesley Hazlitt, formerly Piddington, passed away on August 2 at the age of 91.

http://tributes.smh.com.au/obituaries/s ... =181010354
by Kent Blackmore
March 25th, 2016, 3:28 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A novel ring trick from 1893
Replies: 7
Views: 2622

Re: A novel ring trick from 1893

..... and if I could remember where I learned this, I'd be doing well ! To simplify the instructions a little, here's a top view of the string threaded over the helper's thumbs. You are on the "B" side and the rectangle is your left finger, resting across the top of both strings. (Note the...
by Kent Blackmore
March 25th, 2016, 3:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: A novel ring trick from 1893
Replies: 7
Views: 2622

Re: A novel ring trick from 1893

I really like this trick; have done it for many years, using a loop of genuine public service "red tape" and a mirrored Christmas ring; the obvious patter theme of untangling a beautiful idea from bureaucracy. The fact that the tape is over a volunteer's thumbs adds to the effect on them.
by Kent Blackmore
February 25th, 2016, 7:00 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Looking for interesting early magic books
Replies: 20
Views: 4535

Re: Looking for interesting early magic books

The Magic of Louis S. Histed, Goodliffe Publications 1947. Full of amazing offbeat principles, especially with water.
by Kent Blackmore
January 21st, 2016, 2:57 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Low, vulgar and transparent - some things never change
Replies: 1
Views: 1369

Low, vulgar and transparent - some things never change

The only amazing thing about Professor Le Berg, in his 1853 short-lived season, was how he managed to obtain Vice-regal patronage for his show. The Courier (Hobart, Tasmania) October 19, 1853 CONJURATION EXTRAORDINARY A person assuming to himself the style and title of Professor Le Berg, the Great W...
by Kent Blackmore
January 17th, 2016, 8:55 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Brutal murder of a Magician
Replies: 0
Views: 1218

Brutal murder of a Magician

Magician Brutally Murdered! In a true tale involving convicts, fire-eating and magic, allegations of kidnapping, the great San Francisco fires, freak shows, and a bloody death, John Powell Courtier, “Fire King and Necromancer” is the central figure. Previously documented as the second-earliest perfo...
by Kent Blackmore
January 15th, 2016, 6:37 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Frank Frazee ?
Replies: 19
Views: 5519

Re: Frank Frazee ?

Jackpot! In 1942, Eugene Laurant told the Sphinx magazine that "years later, I met his brother Frank again; he was performing the Spirit Séance in vaudeville. It was a beautiful act, thoroughly mystifying. Even today I can say I have never seen the Séance more artistically presented." Here...
by Kent Blackmore
January 15th, 2016, 5:18 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Frank Frazee ?
Replies: 19
Views: 5519

Re: Frank Frazee ?

Site update done, incorporating Joe's finds and mine. http://sydneymagic.net/DANTE/OE8-ADDENDUM/oe8-addendum.html Within a few days, I will be putting up a major story featuring magic, charges of kidnapping, the great San Francisco fires, drowning, freak exhibits, land squatters and the brutal murde...
by Kent Blackmore
January 14th, 2016, 4:45 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Frank Frazee ?
Replies: 19
Views: 5519

Re: Frank Frazee ?

Thanks again Joe! I'll add them to the website soon. I've found a few other brief newspaper references, but only in relation to his shadowgraphy; which makes me wonder if he performed under another name in the earlier years, doing the Seance routine in which he originally assisted Oscar Eliason.
by Kent Blackmore
January 13th, 2016, 9:05 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Frank Frazee ?
Replies: 19
Views: 5519

Re: Frank Frazee ?

That "Lantern" search site looks excellent ... thanks! I'll add anything I find into my website page (link above). Basically, anything from about 1905 onwards, if it isn't mentioned on my site, would be very welcome. It would be nice to fill in his details.
by Kent Blackmore
January 13th, 2016, 4:18 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Frank Frazee ?
Replies: 19
Views: 5519

Re: Frank Frazee ?

Hi Joe, thanks as always for your help. I had located the 1921 "fall" reference, and a few scanty references from "Variety" suggesting a link to shadowgraphy and letters awaiting collection, but I don't have good access to a Variety database. The article I found is this:- Boston ...
by Kent Blackmore
January 13th, 2016, 5:24 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Frank Frazee ?
Replies: 19
Views: 5519

Frank Frazee ?

This is a long shot, but it can't hurt to ask. Does anyone have any details about a vaudeville performer, stage name FRANK FRAZEE, dating from around 1903 through to 1914 and later? I have just confirmed that he was Franklin Eliason, brother of Oscar "Dante the Great" Eliason. Some other r...
by Kent Blackmore
December 5th, 2015, 10:33 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Video - Moi-yo Miller Montes recreates The Lazy Magician
Replies: 0
Views: 760

Video - Moi-yo Miller Montes recreates The Lazy Magician

In 2002, Australian-born Moi-yo Miller Montes, former chief assistant and co-star to magician Harry "Dante" Jansen (1883-1955), returned to Australia to live. Moi-yo Miller is the name which the magic world still associates with glamour and sophistication, the beauty and poise that made th...
by Kent Blackmore
August 27th, 2015, 1:40 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Online historical images
Replies: 1
Views: 841

Online historical images

The State Library of Victoria (Australia) has released 200,000 images online, which are available for use with appropriate attribution. A search on "magic" or "magician" comes up with a nice haul. Here's a search on Thurston. http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/search-discover/explore-our-...
by Kent Blackmore
August 24th, 2015, 3:48 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Theodore - Crawling Through a Keyhole
Replies: 0
Views: 610

Theodore - Crawling Through a Keyhole

Theodore Krause - mentor to Australian Illusionist Maurice Rooklyn. Juggler, Magician, Mentalist, Sharp Shooter, Shadowgraphist,Contortionist, Hypnotist in Australian Variety Theatre over 46 years, but a name almost lost to history. A new story by Kent Blackmore at http://sydneymagic.net/HISTORY/THE...
by Kent Blackmore
January 12th, 2015, 2:59 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2014 in Review
Replies: 21
Views: 6932

Re: 2014 in Review

Not a problem. Any publicity is good publicity!
cheers, Kent
by Kent Blackmore
January 11th, 2015, 10:26 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2014 in Review
Replies: 21
Views: 6932

Re: 2014 in Review

Unless there's another Kent Blackmore, I'm pleased to advise that I'm 53 and still very much alive. Perhaps you were looking at my notification of the passing of Brian McCullagh.
by Kent Blackmore
December 11th, 2014, 6:26 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Vale Steve Walker
Replies: 3
Views: 1711

Vale Steve Walker

With the saddest of hearts I have to let you know that Steve Walker has passed away in Sydney, Australia, about 6pm on December 11. After attending the Christmas meeting of the Geniis Magical Society, Steve was taken suddenly ill and was hospitalised just for the last couple of days, in no condition...
by Kent Blackmore
January 19th, 2014, 9:45 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Brian McCullagh
Replies: 5
Views: 1777

Brian McCullagh

The magic history forum seems the appropriate place to announce, with sadness, the death of Brian McCullagh from Australia, following a long decline in health. Brian's impact on the magic scene during his years here cannot be overstated. As well as his immense enthusiasm for the Geniis Magical Socie...
by Kent Blackmore
January 11th, 2014, 3:08 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Dr Scott Lewis reported dead in fall
Replies: 4
Views: 1511

Dr Scott Lewis reported dead in fall

Television news is reporting that Dr. Scott Lewis, Hypnotist in "The Illusionists 2.0" show currently performing at the Sydney Opera House, Australia, has fallen to his death from his apartment balcony in Pyrmont today. Currently no other details.
by Kent Blackmore
August 27th, 2010, 3:21 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Question about Horace Goldin
Replies: 11
Views: 2122

Re: Question about Horace Goldin

Checked my copy; there is no date against the phot.
by Kent Blackmore
August 14th, 2010, 7:58 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Tom Mullica update
Replies: 19
Views: 3812

Re: Tom Mullica update

Great news indeed!
by Kent Blackmore
July 7th, 2010, 10:46 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Abbotts Compendium Packed With History
Replies: 4
Views: 1079

Re: Abbotts Compendium Packed With History

A thousand thanks. This will be a wonderful read, really well put together; must have taken a lot of work!
by Kent Blackmore
July 7th, 2010, 8:58 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: William Davenport, and Harry Houdin (no, not him)
Replies: 0
Views: 483

William Davenport, and Harry Houdin (no, not him)

Today I've updated the tale of William Henry Harrison Davenport and the dispute surrounding his gravestone, following his death in Australia, in 1877. You can find the article at Magic In Sydney under the "history" button. The next article is likely to investigate the magician who performe...
by Kent Blackmore
March 28th, 2010, 6:21 pm
Forum: Alternative Media
Topic: Signal delay on digital radio
Replies: 0
Views: 529

Signal delay on digital radio

One for the mentalists or gamblers out there, perhaps? "Live" Digital radio signals may be received 3 - 8 seconds after the event takes place.

Sydney Morning Herald
by Kent Blackmore
January 28th, 2010, 8:12 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Mystery of William Davenport
Replies: 1
Views: 998

The Mystery of William Davenport

William Henry Harrison Davenport, of the famous Davenport Brothers pseudo-medium act, died in Australia in 1877. His gravestone is in Sydney; but is there a second monument to his name?

See the "History" link at SydneyMagic.net for the story.
by Kent Blackmore
November 23rd, 2009, 12:36 am
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Skull-ocation as sold by Tannen's?
Replies: 6
Views: 1824

Re: Skull-ocation as sold by Tannen's?

Mine, an original, is made of white plastic with red "gemstone" eyes, a red cord and a small brass ring at the end of the cord. The instructions are a 4-page leaflet, "Max Holden Presenets Skullo-Cation" by Bill Nord, copyright 1948 Bill Nord. With a non-sleight routine, and a sl...
by Kent Blackmore
November 17th, 2009, 8:40 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Seeking stage blood "whipping" recipe
Replies: 1
Views: 1267

Re: Seeking stage blood "whipping" recipe

Apologies for the garbled second paragraph above; too late to edit now!
I've found one source, at
http://www.instructables.com/id/Blood-t ... ical-way!/
but any other tips would be welcome.
by Kent Blackmore
November 17th, 2009, 1:36 am
Forum: Platform & Stage Magic
Topic: Seeking stage blood "whipping" recipe
Replies: 1
Views: 1267

Seeking stage blood "whipping" recipe

I wonder if some good person out there could help me locate a recipe for a staged "whipping" scene (not in a magic show). I have recollections of an old "days gone by" show which featured convicts being lashed, with streaks of blood appearing as the whip struck the victim. While ...
by Kent Blackmore
November 5th, 2009, 10:49 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: 2009 Los Angeles Conference on Magic History
Replies: 49
Views: 11997

Re: 2009 Los Angeles Conference on Magic History

Mmm, Bill, with only a single line of text and no explanation as to why you think the LA Conference is snobby, your post looks like a cheap shot rather than an informed commentary.
by Kent Blackmore
May 14th, 2009, 10:25 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Oscar Eliason, the original Dante - major update
Replies: 1
Views: 975

Oscar Eliason, the original Dante - major update

Twenty-five years after the publication of my first monograph on Oscar Eliason, the Original 'Dante The Great' , a major web-based update has been released, containing significant new information in the story of this talented American magician who died an untimely death in Australia at the age of ju...
by Kent Blackmore
April 29th, 2009, 3:58 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Maurice Rooklyn The Human Target, and early Australian magicians
Replies: 0
Views: 861

Maurice Rooklyn The Human Target, and early Australian magicians

In 1934 Maurice Rooklyn, best known as an illusionist and expert Billiards manipulator, was not yet thirty years old. During the midst of the Depression years he decided that the only way to gain a foothold on the Australian Vaudeville circuit was to present an act which would cause a sensation. Fro...

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