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by Kent Blackmore
September 27th, 2019, 3:17 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: IONE, Queen of the Air
Replies: 1
Views: 294

IONE, Queen of the Air

In 1905, Howard Thurston travelled to Australia with tons of magic and very little money. Among the illusions he presented at the Sydney Palace Theatre was a floating lady effect named "Ione, Queen of the Air" in which his assistant rose from a standing position into the air, revolving and...
by Kent Blackmore
July 15th, 2019, 7:18 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Tom Selwyn-Conjuror & Expert Card Manipulator
Replies: 7
Views: 1274

Re: Tom Selwyn-Conjuror & Expert Card Manipulator

Thanks, Bill. A few photos of Selwyn can be found in the Ensor scrapbooks published online at http://www.sydneymagic.net/ENSOR/ensor.html in Volumes 9 and 11 (pages 84-86, and 107)
by Kent Blackmore
July 15th, 2019, 6:12 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Tom Selwyn-Conjuror & Expert Card Manipulator
Replies: 7
Views: 1274

Re: Tom Selwyn-Conjuror & Expert Card Manipulator

I know this is 9 years late, but I have been also starting to accumulate some information and photographs of Tom Selwyn, with the hope of publishing at least part of his life story on my website [url]sydneymagic.net[/url] . I can't speak for his claims regarding his early touring days, which like mo...
by Kent Blackmore
March 20th, 2019, 8:02 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Death of Alistair Maskelyne
Replies: 7
Views: 1640

Re: Death of Alistair Maskelyne

Yes, thanks Richard, it was a great read.
by Kent Blackmore
February 7th, 2019, 10:35 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Great Levante - online photos
Replies: 0
Views: 394

The Great Levante - online photos

I have just published online a series of some 250 photographs of Leslie Cole, "The Great Levante". Most of these photos are images which either did not make it into my 1997 biography of Levante ("Levante - His Life No Illusion"), or have been obtained by me since its publication....
by Kent Blackmore
January 21st, 2019, 11:16 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Murder of Davo the Magician
Replies: 0
Views: 504

Murder of Davo the Magician

Check out my two most recent stories of Australian magic history: Davo the magician was murdered in Queensland in 1941. It was a brutal murder, committed by a teenage boy already on his way to becoming an incorrigible criminal. But Davo’s murder was only the start. There was much, much worse to come...
by Kent Blackmore
September 27th, 2018, 8:47 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Passing of Moi-Yo Miller Montes
Replies: 10
Views: 1647

Passing of Moi-Yo Miller Montes

I haven't seen mention of the death of Moi-Yo Miller on this forum, so this is an extract from Alan Watson's 'MagicNZ' with an announcement by Gerald Taylor: Message by Gerald Taylor (Australia) Dante's assistant Moi-Miller Montes passed away at 104 years of age. Her daughter, Charisse, was with her...
by Kent Blackmore
August 27th, 2018, 11:51 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Joe Stuthard radio interview
Replies: 5
Views: 987

Re: Joe Stuthard radio interview

I thought you would enjoy it! I have happy childhood memories of seeing Joe present his classic routines at "Coles" supermarket in the center of Sydney; met him and Mary a few times in Delarno's magic shop.
by Kent Blackmore
August 27th, 2018, 10:23 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Joe Stuthard radio interview
Replies: 5
Views: 987

Joe Stuthard radio interview

JOE STUTHARD This 24-minute interview with Canadian-born magician and pitch man, Joe Stuthard, comes from an audio cassette out of the Steve Walker estate. There is no detail regarding the interviewer or date, but judging by the "identification" introduction it was clearly a professional r...
by Kent Blackmore
March 20th, 2018, 2:29 am
Forum: General
Topic: Pick off Pip (Dai Vernon’s Version)
Replies: 28
Views: 5993

Re: Pick off Pip (Dai Vernon’s Version)

The video was a lecture, I don't think I have the right to reproduce the whole thing though this little clip is fine. The Berg Knot wasn't taught here. Vernon was performing in the morning - not his preferred time!
by Kent Blackmore
March 19th, 2018, 7:25 am
Forum: General
Topic: Pick off Pip (Dai Vernon’s Version)
Replies: 28
Views: 5993

Re: Pick off Pip (Dai Vernon’s Version)

I've put up a short clip of the trick performed by the Professor, from a non-commercial video.
https://youtu.be/19D4Np3Cn4k
by Kent Blackmore
February 26th, 2018, 8:45 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Harrie Ensor Scrapbooks
Replies: 4
Views: 2147

Re: The Harrie Ensor Scrapbooks

The scrapbooks are going up at a cracking pace - Volume 9 of 13 has just been put online, and has some very rare material. The "Fakir of Oolu" was Alfred Silvester (1831-1886), a professional photographer and exhibitor in England, a claimant to be the inventor of the iconic "Pepper's ...
by Kent Blackmore
February 19th, 2018, 5:56 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Harrie Ensor Scrapbooks
Replies: 4
Views: 2147

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: 4
Views: 2147

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: 535

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: 3366

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: 56
Views: 10269

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: 1843

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: 1843

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: 2255

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: 1853

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: 1523

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: 3442

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: 1276

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: 3084

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: 3084

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: 5289

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: 1535

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: 1408

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: 6251

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: 6251

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: 6251

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: 6251

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: 6251

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: 6251

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: 921

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: 991

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: 738

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: 8259

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: 8259

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.

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