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Professor Thomas Rea – Ventriloquism, Magic, Balloons and Scandal

Posted: August 12th, 2017, 4:44 am
by Kent Blackmore
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

Re: Professor Thomas Rea – Ventriloquism, Magic, Balloons and Scandal

Posted: August 12th, 2017, 9:07 am
by Jack Shalom
Wonderful, thank you.

Re: Professor Thomas Rea – Ventriloquism, Magic, Balloons and Scandal

Posted: October 6th, 2017, 12:51 pm
by Pietro Micheli
Very interesting. Thanks for posting.
In my book "They lived by tricks" (http://bit.ly/TLBT2pm) I have described some of the vicissitudes of Sieur Rea and family during the 18th and early 19th century. During my researches I came across a broadside of Thomas Rea, ventriloquist, magician and mimic, dated 1840 if I remeber correctly. I wonder if Thomas was in some way related to the earlier performers. If you need a scan of the broadside for your studies, just let me know.