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by Kent Blackmore
February 19th, 2018, 5:56 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Harrie Ensor Scrapbooks
Replies: 2
Views: 255

Re: The Harrie Ensor Scrapbooks

Thanks Marco; I'm excited to be able to read and publish these. Volume 3 has just gone up, and for the historians, it has two pages (6/7) of biographical information on Phil Davies, the mechanist to Chung Ling Soo, which does not appear in my late friend Brian McCullagh's book "Chung Ling Soo's...
by Kent Blackmore
February 18th, 2018, 9:28 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Harrie Ensor Scrapbooks
Replies: 2
Views: 255

The Harrie Ensor Scrapbooks

Harrie Ensor, Australian magician, and one of Australia’s earliest magic collectors, left behind a remarkable set of thirteen loose-leaf scrapbooks containing photographs, programme notes, biographical information and promotional material about magicians from the late 1800s to the 1960s. These books...
by Kent Blackmore
February 13th, 2018, 7:57 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Query - The Annals of Conjuring
Replies: 1
Views: 309

Query - The Annals of Conjuring

Just inviting comments on whether original magazine sections of "The Annals of Conjuring" (S W Clarke) are still desirable collectables, or whether the publication of the complete set has made collecting the originals unnecessary.
by Kent Blackmore
November 29th, 2017, 1:45 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Coin(s) through Transparent Silk References Please
Replies: 32
Views: 2288

Re: Coin(s) through Transparent Silk References Please

Petrick's routine using his magnetic stage-sized coins?
by Kent Blackmore
September 5th, 2017, 1:41 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."
Replies: 39
Views: 4619

Re: 'I never saw a U-Haul following a hearse."

It's a difficult thing trying to plan for succession of your magic collection, but it needs to be done. I've seen too many magicians' collections binned by families who can't be bothered to sort out the magic from in between the porno magazines they've just found in their beloved father's home. You ...
by Kent Blackmore
September 5th, 2017, 1:32 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Charles Wallack, magic assistant and rogue
Replies: 1
Views: 752

Re: Charles Wallack, magic assistant and rogue

The full tale of Professor Eagle is now up at my Magic in Sydney site. It corrects a significant error in Charles Waller's "Magical Nights at the Theatre" which wrongly placed the British performer Barnardo Eagle in Australia. James Eagle toured the gold-rush regions of Australia during th...
by Kent Blackmore
September 3rd, 2017, 7:43 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Charles Wallack, magic assistant and rogue
Replies: 1
Views: 752

Charles Wallack, magic assistant and rogue

Think you have trouble with your magic assistants? In 1860, the Australian gold-fields magician, Professor James Eagle , had his magic equipment stolen by a rival magician. One of the two accused was Charles Wallack, who was eventually discharged ... and then went on to work for Professor Eagle as h...
by Kent Blackmore
August 12th, 2017, 4:44 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Professor Thomas Rea – Ventriloquism, Magic, Balloons and Scandal
Replies: 2
Views: 815

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: 681

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: 430

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: 1979

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: 1040

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: 2854

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: 2854

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: 4773

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: 1448

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: 1286

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: 5836

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: 5836

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: 5836

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: 5836

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: 5836

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: 5836

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: 835

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: 904

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: 673

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: 7593

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: 7593

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: 1806

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: 1867

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: 1585

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: 2268

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: 3952

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: 1130

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: 513

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: 559

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

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