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BURLINGAMR^-' : JUL201ft§«/ J3IV CHICAGO: y — / CLYDE PUBLISHING CO. "Jap of Japs. Juggler. BOX 851. . The Emperor of Magicians.I AROUND THE WORLD WITH A N ID A UNIQUE EXPERIENCES W MANY LANDS. From the " Papers of the late Baron Hartwig Seeman. J." and William D'Alvini." BY H.
SfSf Copyrighted 1891. by h. burlingame . j..
. 65 . Experiences with a Great Fakir . Africa and to thb Zulus VI... 22 CHAPTER V. 58 CHAPTER Martin Luther's Wedding Ring a Clairvoyant IX. I. India — Teaching Magic . 5 CHAPTER Life of Professor Seeman 11 III. .. .. — Seeman —A Wholesale Treat . — The Shooting Adven- ture with the Mussulmen . 52 VIII. 45 CHAPTER CHAPTER A Problem Solved VII. CHAPTER Thrilling Experiences with Ole Bull 16 CHAPTER A Visit to the Pyramids IV.. . CHAPTER Introductory Remarks . II... .TABLE OF CONTENTS. Alexander with Ole Bull . Unmasks .. . The Czar Befriends the Magician — Tricks of Prof. 33 CHAPTER To England. .
. To South America with Patrizio —The Patrizio 98* CHAPTER D'Alvini's Experiences in the XIII. 89' CHAPTER Contract XII. . De- 7& CHAPTER XL 'The First Japanese Troupe —Indian Jugglers and ' Their Feats . . Reminiscences of D'Alvini . .. 121 CHAPTER D'Alvini's XVI. . . . . Powers — Spiritualistic Excitement 104i CHAPTER D'Alvini in the United States XIV. . 171 CHAPTER XV. "Jap of Japs" tail —Early Life in English and Continental Contracts . . . Psychology of the Art of Conjuring J 37 XVIII. .CHAPTER X. . Willtam D'Alvini.. the Programmes — Before the Scenes Footlights — Behind —"Jap of Japs" Jug- gling and Conjuring Programmes as Writ- ten Out by Himself 127" CHAPTER CHAPTER Bellachini XVII. West Indies— Per- formances for a "Struggling Cemetery" Fistic — . ]66' .
But they will ask for more ghost on the following night just the same. Eeligions have been founded it power is upon bat- and the doubts has caused have lost many tles of many kinds. Its therefore great. The boy who can perform the simplest trick at sleight of hand is the envy of his pi ay. Children will plead for stories that involve the supernatural even though they tremble over the recital and shudder while they glance over their shoulders. expecting to see ghosts and "spooks" and hide their little heads under the covers when after- ward sent stories to bed.fellows and .AROUND THE WORLD WITH A Magician and a Juggler. INTRODUCTORY REMARKS. The it love of mystery is instructive. CHAPTER I.
. the governor of a state. the performance of some grand and difficult composition in music. should knowingly be seen. Should a Blitz or a Herrmann stop to play some of hand tricks or pranks upon the street. of the great conjurer The seems so far beyond their even attaining it that they are content to look on in won- der and admiration and would no more attempt it than they would. a mighty capitalist. those who have not seen it before say "do that again" and if they do not discover its method will not be content until the so much accomplished of its doing. on the piano or other musical instrument. even a dignified and learned will if college professor or a scholarly clergyman. A great judge at law." brought in proximity to him and informed sleight of it. Among grown m*en and women at a club or in a drawing room if they be shown the baldest trick with a pack of cards.6 this AROUND THE WORLD WITH A MAGICIAN. Even the personality of a great professor of "the is black art" mysterious to the masses. continues more or less through life. on the by the averto age citizen. without musical knowledge or practice. he will gaze at the artist and instantly and eagerly call the attention of his companions the worker of wonders. and if by a lucky chance one of the mystery-working persons street. turn to look with interest at one of the "Wizards. associate has exposed the manner This increases among people until they have seen dexterity the wonderful performances of a professional magi- cian and then they give up in despair.
and freever. announced for a lecture. frequently not then. how- when once the eyes have fallen upon the great man and he who is not entertained. ( every one in eye. such immense audiences as any successful magician can. but the so large. in some far different way. to invade the mystery distinguished How often one hears it said.INTRODUCTORY REMARKS. I will pay the price like. though an exceedingly great man. evening and the next. to see the great of the man.shot would become. The magician's attractiveness and the is of a more lasting character for his performances increase the mystery same people will if go and see him next it. at once." just to see man and what That mystery he looks is one of noon-day clearness. or even a bulk of that would attend mainly from curiosity person. will not "pay the price" again. of is some one who has famous one is sprung into fame and who going to deliver a lec- ture. for one evening. deeply interested. attract larger audience. and should he continue the performance any considerable length of time. notwithstanding the fact that the utterly incapable of entertaining his audience as a speaker: the "Oh well. The greatest and wisest and most entertaining of orators. they can afford unless . which is saying. and lecturers would be unable to attract to a hall for a succession of evenings. might. such a crowd would quickly gather that public assistance would become necessary to clear the sidewalks.
Magic. are prehistoric. the story told of the mira- cles worked in the Eastern twilight by the wonderful "Sheikh Ab-dullah. a Koinan Catholic Ecclesiastic of high degree. royal duke. Juggling. and in many an Arab even to this day. one of the greatest of linguists and most accomplished of Oriental Scholars was an adept at legerdemain. one very famous composer and pianist. senators. Data at hand tells of a. an Indian prince. is tent. and for creating mystery.— b AROUND THE WORLD WITH A MAGICIAN. . many doctors of medicine and of divinity. must In legerdemain the love of mystery. all ages have a boy did He is a rare man who when not exert ous efforts some very anxious. earnest and strenuto obtain a book on legerdemain. prominent merchants." as the distinguished scholar was called by his Bedouin friends. social or business call that drawn away by some not be avoided. which latter word a famous humorist has declared — by. There are of course exceptional cases. "taters" — out — — to "digitis" Professor Palmer. several great lawyers. Sleight of Hand. a noble earl. of a hat. come from The late the words "presto" with your ringers. far-fetched Latin deduction to pass. or other learn something of the art. and in held sway. But the love of Conjuring. civil engineers and a legion of otherwise eminent persons who have delighted in legerdemain and who have won distinction as amateurs in prestidigitation. means by which he might fascinating an art that has had its votaries among the highest classes as well as the humblest. numerous baronets.
to the most exalted of the world. though it. even of our clay are often called to appear before the most powerful monarchs world who have been as much delighted by the of performances that followed as were the children the royal household those admitted to the exhibitions. one of whom. heart. . as before remarked. for many of the great magicians. into and which fre- him adventures and experiences. It has been claimed upon the authority of some obscure passages in the works of altogether unsatisfactory ancient authors that of the early tribes of it originated among this or that men. unique and sometimes origin of the is The magic art. thrilling. and Medicine man of the Ameri- can Indians. amusing. 9 and the kindred are strong in the arts.INTRODUCTORY REMARKS. prehistoric. was born to the nobilit'y of a great Kingdom. of the greatest masters. but these assertions have been evidently constructed largely upon surmise and all have signally failed to be assuring. and even the attempts of it that have been made to give a full history are and only involve the matter in deeper doubt. human from that of the Voo- doo of the negroes. none been more favored than the two great magicians of whom this little book will especially tell. And among who have been thus honored by have royalty and the great ones of republics.. or legerdemain. and who by force of circumstances was led to adopt the art as a profession in which he became one quently led strange. like the been enamored exalted persons mentioned as having of magic. romantic. with their attendant mysteries.
and under close watchfulness and proximity by such members as may conveniently be near to the per- former and his apparatus. in some parts of Baron Seeman exposed the work ulent of some such priests as those alluded to. semi-civilized. to be quite certain seems priests that the ancient Egyptian employed magic to heighten and intensify the mysteries of their religion. . And this he did among their deluded followers in their own country. a practice that has not been altogether disclaimed or even neglected in some later religions. The first authentic accounts of the Magic Art go it back about 2. in which movement is said to be so quick as to deceive the eye.1 ABOUND THE WORLD WITH A MAGICIAN." The one can not be seen by great audiences and is simply a matter of dexterity for the most part. though seemed illiterate astonishingly marvelous given the to the simple and audiences of those times and the then wonderful illusions have name it of "Magic. by ex- planatory and practical revelations of their fraudpractices.000 years and tive character was then its of most primi- compared with even then it perfection in these days. There a great difference between sleight of hand. while the other frequently in- volves much of scientific research and may be wit- nessed by thousands of spectators at one time." a title that has largely adhered to is ever since. 1871. As late as Africa. and "magic.
Germany. LIFE OF FROFESSOE SEEMAN. under whom they had fought in many lands. esteem and association were sought by men of letters and legions of persons of the highest social and political rank. His father was an officer of high rank in the Swedish army and others of his ancesters had been near to the great and benignant King Gustavus Adolphus the renowned con•querer. 1833. Of gentle blood he was also a scholar and a scientist and a courtl}' genteman withal. Baron Hartwig Seeman was a native of Sweden and was born June 3rd. who was more versatile Not only was he one of the in accomplishments. Among all the magicians and conjurers of any iime there is not one whose life has been more prolific of humorous and pathetic interest than that of Baron Hart wig Seeman.CHAPTER II. Besides there has never lived one who made a profession of the magic art. greatest in his professional work but in numerous other ways he was highly accomplished. motably in Russia. Turkey and France. . whose friendship.
star in he would have suc- of the learned professions. the scenic artist of a great thea- the Victoria. however. Poet. brilliant His mother was a gentle and woman. doubtless have one been Author. for the But death of his parents and. Germany. and as he was largely in debt to young Seeman. and this led him to the tainment in youth of many skillful tricks in legerde- main and prestidigitation for the surprise and amusement of his associates as well as fur his own satisfaction and entertainment.12 AROUND THE WORLD' WITH A MAGICIAN. ward traveled over. Artist. success and fame. or a bright . for his work in the was finally forced upon him brought into play much and showed how all-pervading was his genLeft an orphan on the wide world that he afterius. for ceeded in any of these callings. named doubtless in honor of the of the pres- bride of ent emperor of Crown Prince Frederick. tre. mother Germany. The proprietor of the theatre failed. in 1859. the scenic artist was not only bereft of his situation . In 1857. the compli- young Seeman's lines would have been cast in other places and he would cations that followed. but both father and mother died in 1844 when Hart wig was only 10 years old. a fact that was amply life. we find him demonstrated by his after calling that in Berlin. without human advice he conquered in it honor. mysterious and strange. From hibited a his earliest marked predilection for ingenious boyhood young Seeman had exmechanat- ism. and a disposition for researches into the occult. in his twenty-third year.
legerdemain and magic art. however. So with high his position well pride and independence he braved the disheartening dilemma and resorted to his knowledge of necromancy. The treasury was not strong enough and he had not yet learned anything of another art that in modern times has been very essential to suctrick boxes that he cess — the art of advertising. With these and the very small sum of. . for the amusement of himself and friends. perplexity and precariousness of was more keenly felt. Then he revisited Shortly. but had lived well and saved money besides. Hamburg. and determined to become the great magician that he was in after years. It was a wide change in the but he accepted it life of the young present artist cheerfully and went to work to at that which seemed most palpably dozen or so itself. But the tour was' of short duration.LIFE OF PROFESSOR SEEM AN. thirty dollars he started in 1860 on a tour in which he was to ply the art of the conjurer. a position that required good means to maintain. he secured engagements in Copenhagen and Christiana and from these received a new financial start. Among his effects were a of small had constructed during business hours. Within a year he had saved enough from his salary to largely improve his stock of conjuring apparatus. 13 but was almost penniless. He was moreover known and honored in society. Meantime he had been happily married to a charming young lady and thus the embarrassment.
. in 1868. With that in view he remained six days in Christiana.— 14 ABOUND THE WOELD WITH A MAGICIAN. which created a great sensation and won for Professor Seeman unstinted applause everywhere and large quantities of money.00. Baron Seeman in company with as ' known "The Sphinx 1 — Ole Bull the famous violinist journeyed toward the home of the latter at Bergen. Norway. Having concluded a long engagement in Christiana in Norway. States and had decided to rest Writing to a friend in Chicago years afterward concerning these incidents Baron Seeman said: "While at Christiana I met a friend from Copenhagen (Denmark) who had established a clothing business. Seeman accepted the invitation but desired to give some performances en route. a Ole Bull had the but recently returned from tour in United and recuperate at his villa near Bergen. Surmise what happened.000. where he invited Baron Seeman to come as his guest for the summer. purchased a lifesize doll with clock-work movement and had it put up during the night. on his tour he perfected and exhibited the then wonderful illusion the living and speaking head without a body. He fully anticipated it being a great success. for a large sum. successful tours on his Norway and made sach pleasant own account that within two years he had saved the very sum of $6. While in Sweden and Norway. As a beginner he wanted to startle the public and attract attention by decorations in his show windows and for that purpose had. at Christiana and Bergen.
street to tell the passers-by what Everybody stood with people. still. it The good woman evidently considered silent. which was connected with the store by a glass door through which he could see the woman who marched straight up to the wax figure and commenced asking the prices of several articles." . figure. very impolite on the part of the revolving figure to remain the and finally took hold of his arm and hand. man who had explained seen such things before in somewhat. The authorities interfered and the merchant was obliged to remove his expensive figure. the street rapidly filled up who viewed with horror the revolving At large last a cities. My friend was in his office. but the of a human figure was a mockery of God. the hand cold. how dreadful the arm was stiff. But. at same time repeating her questions. 15 The first customer to enter his store the following morning was a peasant women. The merchant was highly amused and did not leave his office. the face — motionless. which was. The figure did not answer. standing in a corner matters crowd declared the imitation of his office covered up. the gaze lifeless and icy ! — she stepped back horrified and rushed with insane gestures and screams out into the she had seen.LIFE OF PROFESSOR SEEMAN. when I last saw it. but continued to revolve.
so that . hail and rain. The ship moaning and creaking. the south point fect hurricane. was lashed by the foaming water and rocked like a light feather. I stood on deck well wrapped up and holding to an iron railing . sea water and the hurricane lashed I my face. THRILLING EXPERIENCES WITH OLE BULL. pared to all that I witnessed. cliffs and had been sailing between and rocks. snowflakes. What was such a little discomfort comtheir fury.. All passengers. I left :fco Stavanger by the steamer Motala. The storm was a per- dangerous place. but it came with such suddenness. At the time of which I speak. but my eyes wanted to see was anxious to study the force of the elements in all and was not frightened when repeatedly a wave dashed over my eyes and blinded me for a few seconds. where they were suffering more or less from seasickness. heavy storm "We knew a was approaching. had fled to their cabins. and were just entering the wide sea. that it was upon us before we had entered the sea. CHAPTEE III. We were arrive at Flekkef jord. except a foreign sea captain and myself. we were at the most of Cape Lindesnaas.
still I noticed everything . close to us. Far and near were sky-scraping rocks under which then cliffs. and the hurricane drives us towards the rocks. . but instead its it lifted the ship lightly on back and almost showing us fore and aft the bottom of the sea.THRILLING EXPERIENCES WITH OLE RULL. the cracking of the machine. I looked around and saw the foreign sea captain. I soon regained tain of our ship. you and all of us have very good reason to be. I saw the water rise to the sky and then if as suddenly again dash oyer our ship. and would . The frightened sea-birds . bridge. who had worked himself up to me. I answered: "No. Seeman?" I heard a voice remark close by me. "Are you not frightened. the shouting of the commanding offi- cers. my senses and looked at the capThe brave man stood firmly on the He meant to defy the hurricane. all and fro in vain attempts was in wild chaos. for we are now in a most critical position look there to the right. that is the dangerous Cape Lindesnaas the force of the machine will not be sufficiently strong to carry us forward. as deter- mined to bury us at once. which during serene rolled the angry sea weather were invisible to our naked eyes. why should I be?" "Well. I soon found myself lying 17 on one side. shrieked in the air while they were being driven along powerless before the storm. Mr. the sailors staggering to to obey the given orders. — of us. the whistling of the hurricane through the ship's ropes. if the remainder of his words died under a flood that covered both . under the mirror of the water.
Ole Bull produced his violin and treated us royally to some of his wonderful selections. and gave the com- mand for if to turn around. if it were stili possible.. after a hard struggle. a young lady played the piano. the foreign captain treated us to a tune on the an Englishman recited Hamlet and Macbeth and danced a hornpipe. Champagne and bowls of punch flowed The following morning two men were found fondly . which was given. one broke lost. finding a protected place between the against which the dust-like sea waves were dashed with fury. I announced a magical performance. The anchors were dropped. After discussing it pro and con the captain finally consented. accord- ing to marine law. we succeeded in cliffs. took a different aspect. through his have carried intention. and others of the flute.18 ABOUND THE WORLD WITH A MAGICIAN. a very dangerous undertaking. it was comparatively quiet. At last. seasick. had seized hold the vessel would have been easily all its capsized. began life. after having partaker* Soon the ship and cabin a sumptuous repast. to return to the protecting rocks. passengers did their best to entertain us in various ways. loose and was In this place passengers. and the been who a short time previously had signs of of to leave their berths and show some and even humor. force the hurricane with of the ship's side. freely. but at this moment several of the male passengers came up and entreated and threatened him by their right.
temperance advocates and the like their foolish conceit. I wished everything arranged. nor con- to deride God. for the my Holy Bible says jure. After a delay of one day. man's conservative ideas. furthermore. After explaining minutely to him how inquired of to. cheat." day everywhere. which he made with wonderful pathos "I don't work for a magician. dear friend. and appeared in . at this almost childthere are at this late like simplicity. we proceeded to Bergen. Be not surprised. — but the face of the upholsterer will always remain before as follows also the answer : eyes and impressed on my memory. I had rented a for my performance hall but as I was unable personally to superintend the decorating of it. who make similar assertions in However. canting hypocrites. 19 feet embracing each other in the smoking room. Ole Bull went to his villa and I to my hotel. I engaged an upholsterer to do it. that I traveled on I my own was the well-known magician Seeman. their projecting through the broken window. for it is : thou shalt not lie.I THRILLING EXPERIENCES WITH OLE BULL. even in free America. suit me. Well have often seen people astonished and amazement written on their faces on discovering their mistake. I in spite of the had my stage fitted up to Bergen with great success. Unfortunately I was taken ill there. and after the hurricane had abated. that I replied that I belonged to no society. and on our arrival there we learned of the loss of twenty ships. the man me which Missionary Society did I belong responsibility.
with poor pecuniary results. thought he would make a the Sphinx. — ." or "A dramatic manager in his true light. appeared in front and requested in a loud voice to see the theatre I the transformation. but if the one attacked dupes his adversary. Everybody recognized the person gized to the gentleman it was meant I to represent. the former is nicknamed Torskehoved »(Codfish-head). if he also could exhibit A mimic in his troupe knew the the apparatus and the performance was announced. as a reward lor the greatest stupidity he could commit Loud laughter I was victor. quite a new In the theatre a second rate dramatic troupe was playing." At the close of the performance one of my friends who was disguised to exactly resemble the manager. sent for hit. he is frank and honest. apolo- and asked him to step up on the stage.: — '20 AROUND THE WORLD WITH A MAGICIAN. I will here remark that the "Sphinx" was then attraction. I then invited him to stand on a low table. For the day of the production of the Sphinx at had announced "Transformation. Here are two points to be mentioned The Norwegian is an enemy to envy of trade. fired a pistol him and after removing the cone I showed that the manager had been transformed into a gigantic codfish head. crowned with a wreath of laurel. The manager secret. directly at and covered him with a large cone. the resemblance was striking.
THRILLING EXPERIENCES WITH OLE BULL. 21 My I performances were at an end and to I fulfilled my promise given to Ole Bull. fishing and hunting. studying. Another phenomenon can be observed during this nocturnal daylight. There is no reflection of objects* in the water during the time the sun has set. insects. the months of June and July. The sun only is from sleep 11 to 1 o'clock. . the world there is They were sets when it in that part of no night. and therefore always daylight. went him at his villa which was about eight two quiet peaceful miles from Bergen. We spent months. ! How wisely nature arranges everything Our was never disturbed by troublesome flies or other There are scarcely any in that region.
each on his own responsibility. We easily overcame this appointment. Berlin. which we agreed to do and also promised to announce our arrival in that country to his Majesty. expecting to do a good business in Suez at the opening of the SuezCanal. A VISIT TO THE PYRAMIDS. . With the best wishes of our friends introductions and numerous we continued our journey. Ole Bull and I agreed to leave Bergen in August and together travel via Stockholm. inaugurations and festivals. but we were literally appointed regarding our expectations in Suez for we earned musical nothing.CHAPTER IV. I find through all my ex- perience that at all exhibitions. and prepared to visit the wonderful and mysterious Egypt. and Constantinople to Suez. who encouraged us to visit Egypt. Vienna. In Stockholm we took leave of an audience with King Charles XII. I shall little pass over our cities. adventures in the above named dis- The success was immense. to give performances in each of these cities. theatrical . Breslau. people and artists run great risks the public is at such times too much dis- occupied otherwise.
poor me. Ole Bull enthused the company with his heavenly violin playing. I amused the guests with r my dexterity. and to him we owe the fact of being able to keep our word. When we informed him of our promise. Ole Bull and I were invited to a dinner at the r embassador's where w e had the honor to be intro- duced to many aristocrats from all countries. and supposing that I would produce something. . and knew what they wanted. but I. especially as they promised us a visit to the pyramids of Gizeh in company with several other gentlemen guests. We followed the customs of the Mussulmen. for was applauded most by the Mohammedans. Ole Bull had wisely forgotten his violin. 23 re- The Swedish embassador.. Ole Bull and I w ere most pressingly invited by some of these turbaned men to come and breakfast at a villa belonging to one of the gentlemen and situated not far from the city. and later on to smoke the Tschibuk. about six days later. though without any wine or other spirituous drinks. during which time the preparations were to be made. I proposed that we should all go out in the open air.A VISIT TO THE PYRAMIDS.to the King. to eat our breakfast crouching on soft cushions spread on the floor. he assured us of his protection. I was to practice sorcery only once. viz. Count Loewenhaupt ceived us as compatriots in a most obliging way. We agreed. The breakfast was very sumptuous. I must own that I was prepared. T noticed all eyes fixed on me. all guests which I — — followed.
advised a prompt and speedy departure. "Very well.: 24 ABOUND THE WORLD WITH A MAGICIAN. this gentleman was a neighbor of host. and his property lay at a distance of about two hours. right aw ay. at the door he stopped and said my master make an oath to-day that his bullet would fellow evidently : ." my Happily for me. who asked for the if he could use his own trick. All went well until I saw a tall. and caught the bullet precisely between my teeth." thought I. (I long gun and bullet here same must in remark I that the conversation was held French. how a mind having learned front man is shot at and catches the I marked load — this I intended to produce. and requested someone bullet. and I went cheerfully to my room to rest at the end of the day.) offer. I and mark the placed myself at a cer- aim at my head. was in no way prepared r for such an but without a moment's hesitation I replied "Certainly. he turned " I heard to go out. A servant followed me carrying two candles." he said. I was impossible I for me to perform what had promised. The had something on his mind. asked to for pistols and ammunition. I told Ole Bull about my who anxiety. asked the guest to slowly toward me. You will kindly call to my colleagues. "I invite all present to be my guests to-morrow." We that it accepted. but consoled the true friend. thin Mussulman come tain distance. bullet. so "Good advice comes over night.
" caliber of the bullet. but immediately returned with a long costly gun. perhaps. with powder and still shot. I You will. indeed. little. . 25 go through your head to-morrow. I asked him to shoot first at my hand instead of my head." thanked the good persistent. I The party was I sat waiting for me. We spoke very my absence. As by appointment. he never missed his aim." me whether I was willing to be shot at or not. Without asking have forgotten. Ole Bull. and in twenty minutes on my He horse following the cavalcade. was. there is time yet. during much had been said as to what was stopped outside of the wall which enclosed going to happen. he deliberately beto load. We the palace of our host. I should like to look at Nobody objected and I took a bullet.A VISIT TO THE PYRAMIDS. " I gan I said. They knew the skill of our host and. worked for fully two which I retired quietly to I At six o'clock I was awakened. every one stopped. wonder why was so Simply because felt after consider- ing the matter thoroughly I convinced that I should come out victor. only the host entered his property. after sleep until morning. on his small horse with bis long curved most ludicrous behold. I placed myself close to the wall with outstretched hand. " to see the it. hours by candlelight. I — flee. I saw my to old friend. who put it in the gun. man but said that I had con- cluded to remain. which I handed to Abdul Hadschi. was very much amused when figure.
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The guests formed a semi-circle around the marksman. The report was heard my hand was perforated by the bullet, blood flowed from the wound. They all stared at me. Abdul Hadschi looked on with I slowly wiped the blood from the satisfied pride.
my hand, took the bullet from the back of it and handed it quietly to the marksman. You can imagine what a sensation this produced. Every one looked with amazement at me, Ole Bull embraced me, but Abdul Hadschi stood like a statue without taking At last he approached me, took a his eyes off me. drop of blood with the point of his finger, from the hand with which I had wiped off the blood, licked it, then threw his gun at his servant and requested us all
him to breakfast. The conversation lagged, nobody seemed able to* keep it up, some words Ole Bull whispered to me I did not understand, and as it was seemly and the time for our rendez-vous to go to the pyramids arrived, we took our leave. Some servants accompanied Ole Bull and myself back to Cairo. ''How under the sun did you manage to escape this sly and revengeful Mussulman?" my During I explained to him. friend Ole Bull asked. the night I had made several bullets of wax, which I
my own blood. After they were cold I them with dust and rubbed them over until
examined the real bullet, to ascertain the caliber, as I had requested to do, I, unnoticed, slipped the real bullet in my hand and put the wax bullet in the mouth of the gun, and let it
they resembled lead.
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before the eyes of Abdul Hadscbi.
hand, the blood dyed
but did not
wiped the blood with the
hand which held
the real bullet which to all appearances I took from
behind the right hand.
"Yes, yes," said Ole Bull, "nobody can trust you
wizards, but say, that
quite simple. "
have you never heard about Columbus and the egg?"
Ole shook his finger at
at last he
rode thoughtfully on,
broke the silence by saying:
the anxiety that I go through for your
at our quarters
us forget that we had eaten noth-
ing the remainder of the day.
morning of amids dawned. It was a ful horses, stately men, mounted on mules who
our pilgrimage to the pyrsplendid cavalcade, beauti-
and a crowd
rode on an average of 30 miles a day, not wishing to
the horses too much, for besides the roads they
pleased to be
by these gentlemen.
them with respect and' only at the request of Count Loewenhaupt and Ole Bull did some of our companions consent to show me some feats in marksmanship, and which almost; caused my hair to stand on end. On the fourth day
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we sighted the pyramids. We decided to pitch our and on the following day to go on to the Sphinx pyramid, from which point we only had to travel four miles to the largest pyramids of Gizeh. I must remark here that they had given ®le Bull a lady's saddle, in
compliance with his expressed desire
His violin was fastened behind him; he would not trust his ''sweetheart" to anybody, not even to me. Ole Bull and I spent a very restless The shrieks of jackals were very dismal to night. our ears, though we had nothing to fear from them. Early the next morning, after a substantial meal we A.bout started, five ladies and eighteen gentlemen.
weather-beaten but nevertheless easy to recognize.
remained there about two hours, during which
vain attempts to reach the edge of the
pyramid, but without success.
At the end
time we continued our journey and arrived, feeling
pyramid was too
and decided to morning before
and were asked
terraces on the blocks of the pyramid, because Count
Loewenhaupt wished our pictures taken by a phoThis picture is still in tographer, who was present. my possession. The ascension was by no means as easy as we had anticipated. The pyramid consists stones from 1J to 2J feet square, which are partly ..of
Sweden. We had accomplished our oband now returned to Europe where fate separated us. After a shorter soleft journ than we had planned. I ding March) after that a "Satterholm" (Shepherdess) Solo with celebrated pianissimo. we the pyramid under great Cairo. difficulties. Ole Bull unfastened his violin aud played a half. in Stockholm. An interior leads up. How I should have liked to see the interior of the at that time pyramids . much success. Ole Bull has in the meantime joined his fathers. but sand whichever his favorite "Bondebrollup" his March (Peasant Wedwhich never hearers. but at that time I was quite stout. nothing way we turned. and notwithstanding the servants (for there were two servants to each person) of which one pulled and the other pushed. We rested a few days in where we gave concerts and performances with ject. 29 staircase decayed and partly loose. Located on top of the pyramid is a telegraph station used almost exclusively by visitors and travelers and consequently pays well. that we had kept our word and from the top of the pyramid we assured him of our devotion.! A VISIT TO THE PYRAMID?. I heartily glad to reach the top after three hours was and The view was not exactly imposing. I could probably accomplish it more easily. but unfortunately at that time the pyramids were not open and we lost tion many a drop of perspira- Now and many sighs before reaching the point. of failed to arouse the enthusiasm his went to the telegraph operator and telegraphed to King Charles XII.
" In this connection to relate it may not be out of the way an incident in the career of Ole Bull that is entertaining and doubtless Besides. In ten years' practice of the magic art before his audiences. where he started on an extensive tour of the West Indies. S. and many other of the most distinguished Americans of that day. Professor Alexander acquired a fortune.30 AROUND THE WORLD WITH A MAGICIAN. Professor Alexander. the famous conjurer that visited the United States from any of the old countries. first it new to the general reader. Then the pyramids were open. who came to this country in 1 843 and remained until Professor Alexander won the esteem and 1S47. he was made a guest on board a U. then President of the United States. he was a courtly and pleasant gentleman. for aside from his accomplishments as a magician. Polk. I again passed the Suez -Canal. James K. which was presented to the magician as a token of their admiration. Mexico and Central and South America. While at Washington his admirers of national favor and influence caused to be struck off for him at the United States mint a beautiful medal of pure gold. friendship of Hon. and ever since has contented life of a gentleman lived the pleasant of handsome and means and good con- . On my return from India in 1873. also concerns another great magician. The mummies from there were then used as fuel for the engines on large steamers. Cuba. When Alexander left the country in 1847. Man of War that landed him in Havanna.
arrived. Professor Alexander suggested that he would feats of legerdemain. and deeply delighted the banqueters with his marvelous skill. Charles Hotel when Professor Alexander and as soon as the magician's presence in the house was known. having been first mentioned by some other dis- tinguished person present. where he was enthusiastically welcomed by all. if entertain the party with some Ole Bull would. tour of the United Ole Bull was giving a banquet to some friends at the St. he found nothing except a piece of flattened . to Alexander proceeded immediately produce some of the choicest of his tricks in prestidigitation. Imagine the blank astonishment and mortification of Ole Bull when. in a small town Germany beneath own vine and fig tree. An opportunity presenting itself during the ban- quet.A VISIT TO THE PYRAMIDS. upon opening the handsome case in which the medal was kept. Professor Alexander was well acquainted with Ole Bull. the violin virtuoso. of 31 his science. reciprocate by performing on the The proposition came about in a very natural way. Suddenly during this performance Alexander turned to Ole Bull and asked to see the medal that had been presented the musician at Philadelphia. a trinket that Bull prized very highly. Bull sent for him and a place Was made for him at the festal board. and Ole it Bull accepted quite cheerfully. violin. and the two met first at New Orleans during the musician's States. tion Of course the proposi- met with general and hearty approval.
there lay the beautiful jewel in all bright and glittering beauty. however.32 lead. . and opened the violin case to take out the instrument. that the joy brought to the musician by the restoration of the violin far exceeded the unpleasantness of the supposed loss of them. being satisfied that he would yet be able to get back his medal. upon opening the case. his precious violin. in a dreadful state of demorali- strings torn loose crushed beyond redemption. Suffice it. Ole Bull proceeded to carry out his part of the agreement. as was quickly its evidenced by the charming strains that master brought from it. and the instrument Not long. the call it. How Alexander to managed upon his play this painful yet marvelous trick friend was never discovered. for he at once produced the real good order. AROUND THE WORLD WITH A MAGICIAN. his "sweetheart. did Alexander allow his friend to suffer so violin in a perfect state of much sorrow over his great losses. The musician became pale with fear and trembled violently when. and medal. Kecovering from his shock. he saw the instrument. and when Professor Bull opened the its medal case again." as he was wont to zation. however.
and he 'You must come right away now and house. Of course then said look at expressed my willingness to do so. my dear Seeman. my We me can then perfect the arrange- ments. Russian. who said 'Now. Taking in his carriage we drove out to As we alighted we saw an elegantly dressed . Returning to Europe after his visit to Egypt with Ole Bull.CHAPTER V. in He says: I Sweden that was during one of my tours put up at theGotha Kallare. the best "It hotel in Gothenburg.' wholesale merchant of the I : Hebrew persuasion. this time you must give your best private exhibition at my house and not at Liedman's. In the parlors of this hotel : I found a gentleman waiting for me. Swedish and Norwegian and it was during this time that the two incidents occurred that shall follow and in- which clearly genuity. Baron Seeman continued with unabated cities. success his performances in German. This was the rich- as I can pay as est much as he can.' his villa. illustrate Seeman's quick wit and These incidents are best told in Seeman's own words. THE -CZAR BEFRIENDS THE MAGICIAN.
— dear sir.' and with a good-bye from me. and later we had music. be cheaper that way. so much the bet- was introduced and in. in her innocence she did not but know. her lish. The performance was given at the time appointed. after which we talked on all possible topics and finally the guests began to leave. —her husband then accompanied me where I out into the hall remarked close : 'You know. ter. and cake. 'Do not speak to him about the salary It will until after the performance. but just before we reached it he was called back by his wife.' 'Three hundred.' replied. vited to join them in a glass of wine and a piece of This being the custom.' said the gentleman. Then the gentleman said. —the price I was to receive. I lingered intentionally with At last the them some time for this moment arrived when I could not with propriety remain any longer. I was afterwards invited to appear. Seeman. Mr. will you not look at all of our rooms? There are many of them which you .' 'My I wife . 'Very well. 'Mr. excepting the most important point reason. Seeman. and will be pleased to have you the price I am to receive. am He something replied of a busi- man myself. I my that when you settle a bargain with anybody you fix always ness on a price.' it : 'Please. lady enter the house.34 AROUND THE WORLD WITH A MAGICIAN. 'good- bye. said the gentleman. my Taking leave of husband accompanied me to the door.' Poor woman. I took my leave. I of course did so. say how much I shall be. we then made all necessary arrangements concerning the private performance I was to give. who said to him in my presence in Enghostess.
so I can give a hundred and fifty dollars to a poor family of this city in your name. He then said right. Here was my chance. As he I said this he laid be- fore me on the table three hundred single Swedish dollars (now crowns). I need three hundred Banko. : . I think that if her name had appeared. preferring to do in his wife's presence. did not touch them. perhaps she would not have been quite so angry. have not yet seen.' The gentleman paid the amount without a murmur. well.' They (One Banko is one and a half dollars. and then the lady said she thought it was dear. and I said in English 'Madam.) both looked at each other." "The following episode from my career as an artist through Russia. Mr.: THE CZAR BEFRIENDS THE MAGICIAN. you said three hundred.' 'Quite 'but I meant three hundred Banko. where he said he washed to pay me it at once for my performance. Seeman.room. and the next day they read in the papers that a poor family had received a present of a hundred and fifty dollars from a well known lady who did not wish her name to be mentioned.' I replied. especially my it bed. who joined dress us in her husband's bed-room. 35 You have amused our guests very and now you must see our house. If you had first spoken about the pay it would perhaps have been three hundred dollars. moment somebody in a silk was the hostess. but now after the performance has been given. comes to my mind at this time 'But. but said to lars him that this was one hundred and fifty dolless than we had agreed upon. as ion. is furnished in the very latest fash- Just at this It passed by us.
where I expected to appear. and it would arrive at six o'clock to thought of. and in this manner I and from there would be compelled to to go along the coast around the entire Gulf of Finland at an enormous expense. but it happened otherwise. am fain to say as I do all of It my little stories. a large English steamer had been signaled. After talking with the captain of this steamer. which I had. he agreed to take me to Reval for one thousand marks. The captain of the steamer came and told me that so much ice had formed since four oclock in the aftervarnished truth. the first city in Finland.36 ABOUND THE WORLD WITH A MAGICIAN. with un- was in November. I had to go first to St. This was also our good luck . eyes are when everybody's that I tell it. I was then I told that they could not think of starting on the voyage on account of the severe cold. Taking my family with furs. and wrapping ourselves up well with Helsingborg the next day on the train. It night when I got my baggage on board. me. Of course could do nothing else but go by rail. attracted I toward the political horizon in that country. take on freight for Hull. 1876. at Abo. that I had advertised my 'Grand Soiree mysterieuse. was midTo my sur- prise. Petersburg. I we left On arriving for- had the good tune not to be bothered with any formalities by the custom house officials. that a voyage across the Gulf could not be However. Reval.' in the hall at Helsingborg. England. noon. The next day I was to have embarked on board of a steamer. chartered for six hundred Finnish marks to take me through the Gulf of Finland to Reval.
THE CZAR BEFRIENDS THE MAGICIAN.
in St. Petersburg.
They were very polite. The exIt was exI was happy. tremely cold and we were all trembling from the
amination was short, and
were glad to see a sleigh approachI
the hotel where I intended stopping,
had with me a card of and requested a passing officer to tell the officials in Russian, which I did not understand, where to drive us, and he did so. My son was in the first sleigh, my wife and myself were in the second. During the winter there, when there is no work in the country, it is the custom of the farmers to go to the cities with their sleighs and horses and, securing a license from the police depart-
drawn by two horses.
They are no more acquainted with the streets in the cities than foreigners are, and the only way to arrive at your destination is to know where you want to go and then tell the driver in this peculiar manner You tap him with a cane or umbrella on the right or left
shoulder, or point straight aheacl, according to the
you want him to go. Unfortunately at that knew nothing about this. The sleigh occupied
by my son flew rapidly out of sight, our sleigh followed slowly. We must have ridden nearly an hour, still the Hotel de 1' Europe was not reached. It
certainly could not be so far.
could not talk to
the driver, but I
him by the collar, I shook him showed him a ruble, and gave vent to
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notwithstanding our furs,
up, this time
we soon began to freeze. Again I shook the driver more severely, when he stopped, and for
outside the city,
and had halted
in front of the only house, a
The driver got out and entered the house. We of course thought he was inquiring for the right way and would return quickly, because it had begun to grow dark. I waited a long time, and finally losing all patience, got out and entered the house. Imagine my surprise when I saw the man sitting at a table behind a samovar full of tea, and a glass of vodki. The room was filled with the most terrible odors that ever
Ascertaining that the landlady
spoke German, I had her
again got into the sleigh, accompanied by
the driver, and
to the city.
nothing good from his actions, and accordingly was
however, were unnecat the hotel
essary, for in about
an hour we arrived
ence to the head porter and asked him to pay the
replied that he
a case, and instead of
knew what to do in such paying him in rubles he gave
a sound thrashing, which the driver received very I meekly and departed in a very humble manner. found awaiting me a telegram from Eeval, relating to my engagement. What surprised me the most in the
telegram was the date of
was dated fourteen
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days before the one
bad seen the day before in Helhad to be satisfied, and I
in time they
had forgotten the difference
have in Russia, which
the Christian world.
not like that of the rest of
would be best
spend a fortnight in
some engagements later on. I had with me a number of excellent recommendations, and in four days I managed to have an audience with
burg, and look out for
of all the Russians.
ordered a priI
vate performance in the Winter Palace.
was very much disturbed by two splendid greyhounds, one of which jumped and pranced around me continuously on my improvised platform. I accidentally stepped on his I immediately foot and he howled most pitifully. apologized for my awkwardness the more I said, because I am very fond of dogs. 'You shall have one for a present soon if you stay here,' said the Em-
remark that during
peror, smiling, 'and
the dogs out.'
ceeded with the performance and gave
wife said, 'played like
peror's caused considerable excitement
word, and at the end of eight weeks the
greyhound was sent to me at Reval. He was a splendid animal, and I have him with me still. He is very intelligent, and is a dear souvenir of that unhappy monarch.
traveled through the Baltic provinces, and
undecided whether to go further, when
my passports. registered and talked to the landlord as usual. They did not go to the door. it was Goldingen. one for the students and one for the citizens. and as these are the club rooms. and I made up my I mind not to humble myself or lower my pride.' Nowhere in the world had I met with such inhospitality. was as proud as an Arab. and I heard them ask the question very plainly: * Is anybody . strangers can not stay in them after six o^clock. In every city in Eussia there is a casino for the noblemen. The next morning. and most of them deeply in debt. dents only where there there is The one for stu- is a university.40 AkOUND THE WORLD WITH A MAGICIAN. of the nobility many families who are very poor. tering invitations to go to Berlin. 'It will be better for you to request one of the noblemen to introduce you. and added that but few rich merchants in the city had the honor to be members of the casino. as a Spaniard. and it happened to be in the very hotel where I wished On my arrival I went into the parlor. or. and hence only went to see the members of the These gentlemen confirmed what the landlord press. I was very much surprised when he requested 'You have not been me to go to my rooms. There was one more city I had to In this city there are visit . had told me. which I decided to accept. and that the noble members were very poor. I saw three gentlemen crossing the street. Of course noblemen in Goldingen. but came to the open window. adding also a casino for the : introduced to the members of the noblemen's casino. as I was looking out of the window of my room. if you prefer. showed to stop.
There by the window sat four men. My are business bell to give the signal when the chief of the fire department appeared. he went away. and went down stairs. and by " anybody " they mean naturally their equals. 41 Just as plainly I heard the answer of the Then the three gentlemen said. Out in the parquet were many students and boys who began to stamp their feet. several firemen appeared on the extremely small stage and took their positions. The theatre was crowded. Three minutes more elapsed. I A regular storm bell out in rose. and just as I was about to give the signal to raise the curtain. those outside were noblemen. as ought to have been done according to law. and I refused to have them on the stage. I thanked him. rang the and the curtain Some of the boys continued the noise with their .' The next evening I gave my performance. 'No.THE CZAR BEFRIENDS THE MAGICIAN.' The landlord had lied. I was again on the point of beginning when the director of the police appeared on the stage. wanted to know the reason of this barefaced lie. feet. there?' landlord. pleasant' gentleman. I took the dear sir. because I knew I positively there were four men in the lower room. Eight minutes passed. I could not refrain from asking the landlord why he had answered 'No. for at this hour I need not ask anybody's permission. do you not see the gentlemen in there men. More noise out in the parquet. and told He was me he had given now broke a very orders for the firemen to take their positions in the orchestra.' He smiled and said: who went away. the parquet. We are used to it. Nobody had given me notice.
' hand Had now I not owed my family some consideration. and if you me by saying « : ' shall do not immediately give the required satisfaction I have your passport and luggage seized. Some one of the belonging to the press told me that some offended. some- body knocked at my door. looked in. but there would be much delay and annoyance. with whom I ' : ' and several members of the noblemen's casino were sitting. I called oat.' I began. Seeman. therefore. and. Again there was a knock at the door. The I performance passed off to the satisfaction of all. but to do. and in a few words explained that the delay had been caused through no fault of mine. but did not take a step toward being introduced bers felt to the casino. and the good-natured face of the director of police 'This is an ugly affair. They became quiet. he addressed me as follows The first evening of your performance you insulted in your speech the audience. and what right.' speak. the stamping could have been omitted. what My wife's opinion . I could easily have disI was in doubt was to send a report to the emperor. for the sake of good manners. you will bitterly regret To whom have I the honor to the consequences. come in !' a strange gentleman entered and stood before me. annoyed.42 I felt AROUND THE WORLD WITH A MAGICIAN. when he interrupted I am the Circuit Judge. Without any introduction. Mr. memOn the morning of the day I wanted to go away. If you do not apologize immediately before several witnesses down stairs. comfited the poor wretch. and in a report against you. gave two more performances. but I kept my own counsel.
then I will not have to go down stairs and make many words about it I know you will do it. a favor.' said the they only ask you to come down and simply say. ' All answered No. ' if I would only Excuse me. good-natured man. You have have decided 7 no wrong. gentlemen. I Tableau. and by bringing suit they can keep 3 ou here from two to three weeks. Six noblemen were sitting there. but think of the inconvenience. entirely speak as your friend.' could not possibly humble myself to do as those poor stuck-up noblemen wished. 43 What are you going to do? I They have sent me to ask you for a decision. "Excuse me. I ' 1 put the paper in my pocket and went down to the parlor. on which was written that the undersigned gentlemen would feel satisfied say.. you?' replied.THE CZAR BEFRIENDS THE MAGICIAN. but the noblemen annoy you. and. I acquit you. Nobody held me. 'No. ask the gentlemen to give it to you in writing.' answered the polite Well. and the police director entered the room with a paper. and refused point blank.' turned on my heel and walked out.' he In about twenty minutes I heard steps on. . stairs 1 ' 'Bat think of it. smiling. 'Certainly. my dear friend if you wish to do me director. with the greatest of pleasure. gentlemen. and while : looking at one asked another ' Is any ' of these gen- tlemen called Lehman?' said."' Don't they want anything more ?' I asked. judge of course. as an idea flashed through my brain. immediately ordered the horses. went up to them.' I then I beg your pardon. gentlemen. won't ' . I and am on your side. the stairs. The really done to will. advise you to apologize.
when they arrived at a town for the first time. while his son and himself. to the hotel for his wife and daughter. accompanied by the dog.44 AROUND THE WORLD WITH A MAGICIAN. he would send his wife and daughter to the hotel. was often seen to spring over large obstructions in his way. was a most remarkable and intelligent animal. as the case might be." with us imme- The same greyhound that Baron Seeman speaks of in above experience. would go to the theatre. and nothing could stop him. It remained in his family till the summer after the professor's death. would send the dog with a message tied around its neck. or for them to bring anything he needed. Baron Seeman was very fond of telling how. how large the hotel. it Shortly after their return to Chicago was so severely injured that they were obliged to have it killed. . off entered the carriage. make their preparations. which drove diately. and when necessary. No matter how large the town. or the dog was never as he lost.
Prince Wales. Albert Edward. ham. Sydenand there. he took a farewell benefit at the Crystal Palace and received an audience of over 40. as the sequel will show.000. among whom were no less than 36 members las. AFRICA AND INDIA. and so on. . including Nichoof Czar of Russia. where. in Picadilly. continuously. of royal families. he was a monarch of Magicians. for the consecutive nights of six months." Baron Seeman crossed over from Norway to London and stranger events than he had ever yet experienced befell him. and large additions to his "stock in trade. Ireland and Wales. In he gave his entertainments to audiences measured nightly. 1871. London he leased Egyptian Hall. On the night of June 26th. He then made a successful tour of the English provincial and the leading cities and towns of Scotland.CHAPTER YI. Emboldened by his great success in Continental Europe and Egypt. only by the capacity of the auditorium. for more than eighteen months. Returning to London his tricities. TO ENGLAND. umphs were continued at the Crystal Palace. and having accumulated quite a fortune. the Shah of Persia. Duke of Cambridge.
Cotes and the dia- mond merchant W. Seeman thought that perhaps the visitor had been sent by Capt. Seeman . business. but who wished was a tall to see him on important figure. Baron Seeman was exceedingly happy to find that two of his intimate friends. Couthbert.46 AROUND THE WORLD WITH A MAGICIAN." at Southampton. he took ship. who promised the magician an introduction to Captain Couthbert. as soon as the latter should return from the Cape of Good Hope he had often remarked that a magician would do well in that place. Webbling had tion. inquiry was of —that clergyman. but learned afterward that he was a member of a committee of the Missionary Society. A few days later a gentleman was announced at the baron's hotel. During bis stay in England Baron Seem an made the acquaintance at Southampton of an amiable physician. He first and slim if and his of a clerical garb be- trayed his profession. had no time to wait for Couthbert's arrival and was obliged to leave before he returned. whose name he did not know. the latter joined the expeditraveling on was at the same time business. Couthbert. agreed to the proposal and after settling all Seeman business matters satisfactorily. Dr. M. "bag and baggage. Baron Seeman writing upon this subject has said > "Descriptions of travel having been written by — . His the magician wished to go to the Cape Good Hope. and by the merest accident it was on board the steamer commanded by Capt. that expected certain results through the magician and his performances.
TO ENGLAND. It was expected of me. then came the pit for about one thousand persons. to are mostly employed as laborers in the diamond fields. a. AFRICA AND INDIA. the regimental band engaged for me had held its rehearsals and the day of my performance arrived. with seating capacity for two thousand the was soon erected. glanced at But on this occasion. not even in the pres- ence of crowned heads. not my inten- dent in my any such. that I should give my performances as usual — three in number. Directly in front of the stage was the orchestra. however. To serve my purpose a gigantic tent. I must confess that I have people. and I was willing to fulfill After sound at their expectations to the best of my ability. amazement of the natives who never experienced the so-called stage fever. At the end of three days everything was ready and I commenced my preparations. After each. with a stage for myself. as I my audience through a hole in the cur- tain. I should endeavor by a sort of indirect mission to induce the natives to join the Christian church. I felt that peculiar sensation flesh " creeping over known as " goose me — and T I would like to see the man who in my position w ould not have experienced a similar sensation. then the dress circle for the pub- . abler pens than mine. I procured room and board at the governor's. 47 therefore. thirty days' voyage we arrived safe and Cape Town. neither before nor after performances. tion to give it is. who was a very pleasant gentleman. but only to describe an incilife which abounds with many even more interesting to the casual reader.
at least not such as I was accustomed to mean applause by clapping of hands. noises. etc. all laborers were The bell rang. into wine. had the doors not been locked beforehand. Buddhists white and eight Fetich and fire worshipers . The _ latter consisted chiefly of Kaffirs. and behind each other. those in the pit made such heathenish and loud voice. A deathly silence prevailed. I had made several objects disappear which were afterwards found in the pockets of some one in the audience. gesticulations. business better class. AEOUND THE WORLD WITH A MAGICIAN. and restored to life still in a short time man was and took his seat among the spectators. Instead admitted free of charge. in The dress circle was the occupied by military people. the curtain rose and I went on the stage. the orchestra played. receive no applause.I 48 lie. while men and the pit about two hundred hundred native African laborers were crowded together. I gave a programme which I had arranged as I generally do for children's performances. Now to conclude with. and when the body was examined it was found cold and dead. talking. I must add. — of that. by exclamations. that I could scarcely hear my own At of last my final experiment came and the I moment my had shown how water could be turned real object. a soldier ap- peared on the stage whose head was cut off. how a person is shot at and catches the bullet. Every seat was taken. that I spoke natives . tried to hide They put their heads together. and most of the would have run away. the There was no pulse. but was surprised to. all Brahmins.
and really I wish some of my readers could have seen the happy and surprised faces of these wild people. I case of necessity. a bullet does not always off. how it is done." "No. for. One explanation followed another and everything was performed quickly. but nobody was willing to try the experiment.-so you can realize no real wonders in the world. said "Now boys. Turning to the pit. master. My soldier was obliged to The explanations were given easily and full comprehension of the audience. AFRICA AND INDIA. I will explain it to you. 49' English nnd that in my two friends and twenty armed soldiers were hidden on the stage for my protection.: TO ENGLAND." I remarked. Now came the cutting off of the head. What we consider as such can easily be traced to some natural cause. but step head over. they argued." With great pains I succeeded in pushing and partly pulling twenty of the wild fellows up on the stage and compelled them to form a semi-circle around me. though crudely." "Well. all kill. "Now. "you all understand and realize that I have solved all wonforward again. or we can not comprehend it with our simple minds. for I am here not only to show you something never before witnessed. by my but also to explain that there are anxious pupils. have you understood everything and can you make out how those things are accomplished ? Answer me. I then explained minutely and simply one of the tricks and finally had the twenty men repeat it after me. to and the greatest satisfaction .
who in if you were you would soon on without ever getting wealthy. and accompanied by twenty armed soldiers who carried baskets w ith little presents. I took a stroll through the city. I noticed the brown fellows talking together and gesticulating violently. still doors had long since been thrown open. But if my God and the God nary man who is better of all white people allows an ordi- not even a priest. give you no explanation but leave you by yourself. call you need only listen attentively to the man we you. With my friends. yes. My two next performances came off quietly 7 in a very similar manner only that my audiences were considerably bolder. I missionary and do exactly as he tinued for some little con- time in the same strain. The next day was a day of rest. to produce more miracles than your priests. reach the same level if you earnestly desire tells that. shook hands with me and came up on the stage to show what they had learned. . duced so-called miracles. The nobody thought of or attempted going away.•50 AROUND THE WORLD WITH A MAGICIAN. We more clever than you. women and children followed us and I made them presents. however. which were received with evident pleasure and commented upon. and did leave they did it when they and in order. Even after the curtain had been dropped and the educated public had left the tent. ders in a perfectly natural way . Many of the natives. but clever enough to accept our religion . must our God be white people are surely toil how much greater and whom we believe. I have even propriests. as shown you by your in ignorance to be increased they.
TO ENGLAND. I will conclude with the remark. visited the cottages of their them the tricks I had They had been admired as priests. mission was successful beThe missionaries referred to re- to . that my yond my expectations. 51 During the day they had taught them. AFRICA AND INDIA." their friends equals and had exhibited to commenced ridiculing the priests. me. and consequently their efforts were richly warded by many of the savages being converted their Christian faith. but when they explained the "How.
Baron Seeman started with companions for India. Cotes and the diamond merchant Webbling. The baron's companions had preceded him thither. with letters of introduction from the governor of Cape Town. His name was Convinsamy. and in company with his friends from London. a southerner by birth. the object of the journey being to become acquainted with the fakirs. Their destination was Benares. he arrived in Calcutta June 24th. Seeman had the good fortune not only to be introduced into the family of an Indian nabob. Therefore Seeman was compelled to hasten his departure. 1872. Writing upon this adventure Baron Seeman says r his two On June . and he was returning from a journey to Cape Comorin. and there. It frequently occurs that Indian celebrities retire to Benares to end the days of their natural lives. Dr. the Holy City. but also to make the acquaintance of the most celebrated of all fakirs. and had telegraphed their arrival. 2nd. He had reaped honors and fame by his exhibitions in Cape Town. EXPERIENCES WITH A GREAT FAKIR.CHAPTEE VII.
he put the : lowing questions "I feel in me to-day a power to . He came. 1 visited the monuments and ruins of the holy places. his feet to the On my return I found Convinsamy hanging by the elbow to a bamboo with was surprised formed two feet from the ground. and when I stepped out on the terrace where a fountain dispensed an agreeable coolness. man was about the only person in this country who recognized my character. he was discharged. Having in this way gained proofs of the fakir's good will.EXPERIENCES WITH A GREAT FAKIR. until we were back in the city. and that I had per- my it with my wife in England. His surprise at communication was great. After the usual greeting I asked him if he was ready to speak to me before witfol- nesses or alone. and we managed to underThe good old stand each other by gesticulations. Instead of replying. but as he disturbed us in our secrets. so he could say his prayers. and all his gestures and signs were incomprehensible to me. accompanied by for confidence. and he returned confidence That same day. and which are situated outside of the city. He utmost when I informed him of the secret of this production. I found him sitting on the floor with his legs crossed. the fakir entreated On him our arrival there investigated with me to I left leave alone. The interpreter told me that Convinsamy asked me to grant him an interview the following day. " 53 Oar conversation was first conducted by and through an interpreter. Convinsamy. interest the him and decayed walls of a Siva temple. frequented by pilgrims. I invited him to call and pay me a visit the next day at noon.
invoke the souls of this remark. but in the basin a metallic after striking sound could be heard. that he was pre. have you also tion in such a sensa- brain or body?" I answered truthfully: "No. Then I my ancestors and they are the I ones to show their power. added that this power was given the fakirs of my country as well as to those of the East. but a supernatural." and march from the "Prophet. paring something extraordinary. waltz from the "Freischutz." At noticed a certain wink in his eyes an explanation before the inI remarked that he was quite right. Convinsamy had in the meantime arisen. To my surprise he . pursued Convinsamy. the sprays of which were Gradually the fakir stepped nearer and diminishing. from which he could infer that this producThe interpreter was tion was not unknown to me. that they resema shower of hail falling on a zinc roof. and stretched out his hands towards the fountain. and terpreter. felt produce phenomena. which works. which played the pieces." placed it on the edge of the basin. similar to the echo a bar of metal." "I do not mean a natural power.54 AROUND THE WORLD WITH A MAGICIAN. I produced from my pocket a small music box. which seemed to ask for the water ceased to fall. bled more These sounds gradually increased and became so numerous and rapid. and at my command the metallic sounds from the basin of the fountain formed the accompaniment. dismissed and the fakir commenced showing me by gestures and a few English words.I am only their tool. Now it was my turn to produce something.
Convinsamy then returned to me and sat down on the floor. He then removed from his hair a large piece of rosin which he threw on the burning coals. who evidently was waiting for of a. 55 stepped up and fastened a black curtain or drapery between two pillars of the veranda and then called to some pretty one. she was asleep. tanned brown by the scorching sun of India resembled closely a statue of bronze. his nude body. with her back towards it. a very and stepped The girl was placed on a flower stand about six feet from the black curtain. After a lapse minutes. The fakir brought such a burner from an adjoining room and placed it in the middle of the terrace. her head slowly dropped to one side. I remained silent. few him in the garden. Staring with wide open eyes at the girl. filled have incense burners with glowing some grains of scented powder of sandalwood. seemingly without any support. girl. appeared up on the veranda. The fakir sat down by me and stretching his hands horizontally towards the girl without moving a muscle. — encouraging looks proved to the fakir isfaction It is my evident sat- and the wish if possible to see the sequel. . at the same time murmuring some incomprehensible words. she gradually closed her eyes. but my in light costume. orris-root or myrrh.EXPERIENCES WITH A GREAT FAKIR. and watched the proceedings. This savors of an Indian fairy tale nevertheless it is strictly the coals for the purpose of burning . customary in nearly all Indian houses to of copper. Convinsamy rose softly and removed the flower stand from underneath her feet. while she remained hanging in the air.
ascending slightly in the air she slowly turned her face and then her body towards us. About 10 o'clock the following morning I commenced paying my farewell visits and making preparations for my departure with my two companions. but under beauty began to and feet to the right the mask * of repose I detected the greatest excite- was deeply thinkand when I finally looked up he had disappeared. smiled roguishly and silently walked away. Seating myself on the veranda and slowly sipping my mocha. bestowed upon us a surprised look. Convinsamy was awaiting us. and taking hold ment. After walking about half an hour . Convinsamy now replaced the flower-stand beneath her feet. The recollections of yesterthe open air. AROUND THE WORLD WITH A MAGICIAN. through the air. after which the young girl slowly opened her eyes.— 56 truth. passively followed her out in we arrived at the ruins of the temple Adicete Veiikuntam Haris. tapping her softly on the shoulder. stir of steam commenced to ascend the suspended and sleeping and gradually moved her arms and then to the left. dreamed that the little brown beauty was floating lightly to the right and left before me. The features of the fakir expressed pride and satisfaction. As soon as the clouds in the air. now she came towards me. you come of Convinsamy?" lips. "Placing her finger on her I she drew me with her. and near him was a burning basin. I dreamed of yesterday. "I started up and looked into the eyes of the object my dream. of He me my hair a soft voice whispered in to my ear : "Master Seeman. I ing. glanced at sharply.
and now with the assistance of the who had mastered the English language better than Coirvinsamy had done." he said. "If I found many of the same kind I would be enI still have the stone in titled to use their power. I produce with my daughter a floating living person. which. I am compelled to keep secret. however. These words explained to scene. with tears in We my Before my departure I received a package eyes. all burnt. without any support whatever. my mind further- more. it took me six years of study before I attained the de- sired result. we commenced a girl conversation." my possession and have found some of the same kind in Sweden. after Imagine my astonishment and horror. and to a higher degree of perfection than Convinsamy was able to do although I must confess that : . my view and I learned that he had inflicted this punishment on himself for disobedience "Powers of the Devadatta (Magic) to his order. brethren of the Vasundara (Earth) should confide in each other and faithfully hold together.EXPERIENCES WITH A GREAT FAKIR. containing a message and a peThe note ran as follows culiar specimen of stone. when Covinsamy held up to his left hand. and had been an associate of his since her childhood. the young native's presence strengthened me in this belief. day's productions flashed through 57 . me the strange and weird Convinsamy had offered me I a sacrifice ! parted after embracing cordially. . which is well worthy of being exhibited to the public. However. from Convinsamy. having for some time noticed a peculiar and un- pleasant odor.
CHAPTER VEX A PKOBLEM SOLVED. All this time and for months arid years afterwards he was continually endeavoring to solve the mystery of the invisible suspension that had been exhibited to him by the Indian fakir. returning to his naSweden in September of that year. and . crowned his efforts longer a mystery. devoting all his leisure. At last sucand the problem was no He had solved it at last. to the problem mentioned and during cess this time he expended over $4. After leaving India Baron Seeman travelled direct to Vienna. temporarily.000. remaining there through months of July and August. and in the mystery off hours working at had told on his health. however. where he gave his performances at the great Exposition of 1873. De- termined to at once turn to his advantage his achieve- ments in the solution of the great mystery he secured an engagement at Berlin and went there with the intention of exhibiting. In Sweden he continued giving exhibitions reguthe tive larly. but the arduous labor of giv- ing his entertainments.00 in experiments to that end.
as shown herein. one of which he accepted. to the members of the press and a select The result of this exparty of their invited guests. but and he worked out the mystery alone. and on the 20th of June. The press of New York rang in his praise and unitedthat he ly him declared of that the suspension of the "without visible means support" of M'lle Seeman was the most marvelous achievement necromancers art. surpassed by the magicians of civilized Besides it Indian Magician Convinsamy did not impart the secret of the mid-air should be remembered that the merely gave him an exhibition Seeman. or fakirs of India and not be out of the way that European and other oriental countries in producing mysteries of the magic art. 1880. that has not been countries. have far to mention at this American Magicians excelled the Magi. and suspension to Professor of the illusion .A PROBLEM SOLVED. he German capital. is This suspension achieved by Baron Seeman about the only great thing in the magic line that has come from India. hibition was success of the most satisfactory order. so prostrated 59 was forced to forego the and Berlin engagement was almost wholly confined to his rooms for two months after arriving at the During the illness. received numerous flattering offers from the United States. gave a private exhibition of his marvelous discovery and invention at the Academy of Music. New York. and how the suspension was effected has since bothered the brains of hundreds of magicians that have at- tempted It it. may junction. however.
The Nole Me of Tangere. Grand Transformation. All of the paraphernalia was of solid silver and his magicians dress and ornaments possessed a money The magic wand that he value of over $10. World with Mag- INTERMISSION. Illustrating Different Parts of the nificent Effect. his programmes generally metal being after this manner PABT MAGIC. Bifled Cannon. AROUND THE WORLD WITH A MAGICIAN. performance of it far excelled the Indian After Baron Seeman's return from India he made the apparatus of his magic work. I. One Seeman's Assistants.00.: 60 in the fakir.000. . Seeman's Secret. ORIGINAL DISSOLVING VIEWS. INTERMISSION FIVE MINUTES. PAET II. In his tours of America Baron Seemen's entertainments were of a length and variety sufficient to satisfy the most exacting. Invisible Changes. used was a present from an East Indian nabob and in one end of it was set a jewel of great value. the most beautiful and gorgeous that money could buy. FIVE MINUTES.
floating. at- Excelling anything of the kind ever before tempted in the world. 7. right and and return. Seeman. Daring the suspension the following tableau poses are as- sumed tory. own personal direction Among tiful the dissolving views one of the most beau- and effective was "The Eock of Ages. his or was constructed under and supervision. 5. or. without any left.A PROBLEM SOLVED. FIVE MINUTES. Suspension in Mid-air. own invention and all of the beautiful pictures used were drawn and painted by himself. Eob Roy. Orleans. visible means of support whatever. eleotra. in the air up and down. 3. PART V. Maid of Germany." according . 61 PAKT KALOSPINTHECROMOCRENE. all of his apparatus was either his own handiwork. Joan of Arc. THE ENCHANTED FOUNTAIN. America. 2. Mercury. III. 6. in a novel and mysterious manner. OR. 8. MISCELLANEOUS The his dissolving views given by Baron Seeman were Indeed. MAGIC. INTERMISSION. : 1. by Mile. DREAMING and WAKING. PAET IV. VicAngel. Prayer. 4.
of Grace. for me ! Angry sky I sink ! — I die ! my feet the billows roll Come Thou harbor for the soul Eound me Thy safe shelter fling. Win for me in Heaven a roll place. es. Cross of Triumphs ! Crown away. which version was as follows EOCK OF AGES. Lord At ! sea. everywhere. me hide myself in Thee Barrier 'gainst the storms of sin. 62 to his AROUND THE WORLD WITH A MAGICIAN. Clouds of sorrow. Fly before the coming day Gates of Heaven open wide. I cling. When I rise to Jesus' side Besides these Professor Seeman always gave an exceedingly humorous lecture with his crayon sketch- and these sketches were perfectly delightful in their humor.— !! !! . Eock Let of Ages. causing his audiences. cleft for me. On the opposite page is seen a photographic repro- . to roar with laughter upon every production of them. Open wide and let me in. Simply to Thy Cross. own version of the well : known hymn. Towering 'midst the stormy Be Thy Cross a Eock Waste of waters Help me.
so ambitious to pre- . Adolph Seenian. March 25th. son of Baron Seeman. over night. Baron Seeman with his family found it necessary to remain. the same principles. obtain the draw- ings from which the secret may be obtained. any person who feels a sufficient interest in the mechanism to seek to know of it. Two of these patents were by Mr. with the numbers quoted here. and was the first patSince. for he w as a man r of such remarkable resource and in research. 63 duction of the poster used by Mr. the following clay. with some success. His invention the aerial suspension was protected by patent-right in this country.A PROBLEM SOLVED. and as all drawings of patents are common property of the people at large. but not equal to that of Seeman. Texas. The death of this great magician was an irrepar- able loss to the magic art. in a railway car^at Bremont.084 and 415. Wood and their numbers in the patent office are 415. however. ent of the kind ever taken out. at Kosse in the state mentioned. During his last tour of the South. by sending 25 cents to the Commissioner of Patents.085.- can. however. numerous magicians have attempted. During the night Baron Seeman contracted a severe cold that superinduced inflammation of the lungs from which he died. and their contrivances have also been patented.Western part of this country which was in the early months of 1886. so of such indefatigable energy in other much accomplished and and necessarily accessory arts. Will B. are necessarily involved in these as in the Seeman plan. the aerial sus- pension.
life In the pages immediately following will be found some interesting incidents connected with the Baron Seem an. of . he was a kind and courtly gentleman who had won thosands of friends throughout the world. new and more startling wonders that the masses who take so much interest in the magic art were great losers in the premature taking off of this wonderful man. as has been said before herein.64 sent ABOUND THE WOKLD WITH A MAGICIAN. deeply mourned him all of whom when he went beyond. Besides.
He showed it to Baron Seeman. its carving nearly effaced by time. Among the effects left by Baron Seeman is a well worn gold ring. from the peculiar carvings. who resides in New York. The ring came into the Seeman family in a peculiar manner. who had died without heirs. and who thought it had masonic significance. that was the wedding ring of Martin Luther.CHAPTER IX. He bought it for old gold. A wealthy jeweler and diamond merchant of Stockholm. attended the sale of the effects of a Polish lady of rank. and is now in the possession of the widow of Baron Seeman. Among the jewels which he bought was this ring. In 1876 the baron was in the mountains of Bussia with his wife and son. The trinket is over 300 years old. and her property went to the state. The article . This was in 1867. MARTIN LUTHER'S WEDDING RING. While there the mother borrowed a six-year-old copy of the Gartenlaube and saw in it a description of the ring which they had bought in Stockholm. who was high in the masonic circles. the renowned reformer. and read the speculations as to its whereabouts. Sweden.
worn. for its possession. but enough remains to show the design. The ring must be someIts carving is worn down thing over 300 years old. and the Lutheran authorities offered 4. smooth. they found that the other wedding ring was in the possession of a local countess. Baron Seeman always wore the ring until he died in Texas a few years ago. although it must have been found when the stream ran dry in summer. upon which the vinegar was given the dying Savior. Between this and the forms the opposite edge.66 AROUND THE WORLD WITH A MAGICIAN.000. as a centre. and had presented one to Martin Luther and one to his wife on their wedding day. while a spear with three sponges. This ring was the counterpart of theirs.000 marks. other spear and the cross Between the Below the the scourge. In the centre is a ruby to represent the blood of Christ. -While the widow of Luther was on a journey some time after her husband's death her team was crossing a swollen stream. first telling his wife never to part with it. At any rate. but still plain enough to distinguish the helmet. The little iron chest. . when her equipage was upset and she barely escaped with her life. is the crucifixion of Christ. "tree" is the head of a Eoman is soldier. with her jewels was lost. On one side of this. and there was never any record of its recovery. in 1877. with a Koman spear to form the edge of the ring on one side. The wedding ring of Luther was in this iron chest. when the Seemans were in Eisleben. or about $1. explained how the Kurf uerst of Brandenburg had had two wedding rings made symbolical of the life and crucifixion of Christ.
The following incident relates a phase of this and is a translation from Seeman's own account of it in German and is therefore given in his own translated words :— "I don't believe in spirits. life seen and experienced I had during my more than perhaps ten . will see two upper eye teeth are far apart and he of a good deal the world. We it. through most the 'the entire known world. it is unnecessary for you to waste your time on me. the ladder which was leaned against the cross. he defending it. and the legend. my dear friend. SEEMAN UNMASKS A CLAIRVOYANT: During his career as a conjurer Baron Seeman was much annoyed by sisted that alleged spiritualists who in- much natural aid. as my in aunts and great-aunts used to remark about me my youth. had disputed on the subject spiritualism with considerable interest. I against because mentioned.' My disputant was a of jovial. a flaming sword. "I." over the crown of thorns at the head lar of the temple. old gentleman. On the opposite side of the ruby is a pil- which was rent in twain. while the three nails finish the design.martin luther's wedding ring. the veil of of the column. 67 cross are the three dice which were cast for the rai- ment of the dying Savior. N. I. for. E. of his work was done by superBut he would not give countenance to any cf it. the rope and hammers. at heart and soul a staunch spiritualist. I al- have been traveling for 26 years or more.
ABOUND THE WORLD WITH A MAGICIAN.
daunted, then and there invited
and conseveral ladies and
was late, being 9 o'clock in 1 was introduced, but the
seemed to have considerable respect for me. Or was it contempt? Whichever it was I never ascertained, but they did not appear. I was therefore invited to come and attend some other evening. With sorrowing hearts we all departed, each one by
himself, but no;
me and my
and proposed that we should go to see a clairwhom he knew. We started off and after traversing a few blocks and climbing up some very
steep stairs in a not very spirituelle looking house,
who apparently had renounced
of this world
of being a
that I did not consider this lady capable
pupil of Cagliostro, but our mentor asked her to be
have nothing in
face in the
seated myself, keeping
The lady noticed
her, claiming that she could not remain on the
me and She brought another chair from an adjoining room and seated herself by my side, I offered no objection to that, Perfect silence followed. but remained in my seat. In a few minutes she trembled and shook herself,
chair which she occupied directly in front of
shining on her face.
MARTIN LUTHER's WEDDING RING. mind's eye,
and then said:
a great sceptic."
tongue of an Indian
Then, remarking that she would speak with the spirit, she spoke as I have often
not prefer speaking in the English language, which
understand, or Hindoo,
The worthy lady looked somewhat confused. "A tall gentleman with silver hair and beard, black coat and a cane with silver top stands by
scribed yesterday to
advance agent, he was taken
enough to admit, that he recognized his father." I must say here, that my advance agent had really
$1.00 he hastens to
kinds of nonsense.
"You are a great medium." "No indeed, madam, I beg to differ with you and to say that I am not. Furthermore, a few moments ago you remarked that I was a great sceptic." No answer. To my wife, "I
by your side a
who has passed
daughter had dark brown hair
"Quite right, dark brown hair."
are a great
to me. "You what you show in without your knowl-
took the liberty to
interrupt, the clairvoyant, I
have had enough.
ought to believe you and endeavor to make
the public believe that I
a real magician and that
real witchcraft, but I shall take good
care not to do so.
What you have
said proves that
wish you good-bye."
A WHOLESALE TREAT. Baron Seeman was a carefully temperate man, though, like nearly all Europeans, he drank wine when it seemed fit that he should, or something stronger when he felt that he needed it, and he had no patience with the kind of prohibition that does
the prohibition that has obtained in a
few of the states of this republic
a prohibition that
that otherwise they would not frequently think
that he shall not have a certain thing
and that he wants
the very thing he
going to get, whether
In the matter of drink, attempted
makes men sneaks and liars. They will sneak around backways to get into places where drink is sold "on the sly," and they will lie to Moreover, druggists and physicians to get the stuff.
places where hospitality or personal inclina-
tion seems to
that there should be liquor at
kept in private houses in sufficient quanti-
ties for the
use of the master of the house and his
Concerning his experience in a prohibition city
but will defer betraying the contents of my message until later on.' they all cried. 'More whisky. the time for my first performance. a place called Leavenworth. 14 inches high and 6 inches in diameter I put some cotton lighting it and covering it up I asked the spectators what drink they most desired? Laughter. The house was crowded. In a silver cup. my trump. the audience applauded to their heart's content. talking. which had in the meantime been transformed into whisky." was the laconic reply. 71 Baron Seeman relates the following amusing incident "On my way from California I visited. Illusion No. then turning to the clerk I "I have no asked "Where can I get some whisky?" whisky. which I offered to the public. I all was a confusion out of which I re- could only distinguish the word "whisky. damp evening when I arrived there and I was glad to At last I had regisstep into the hospitable hotel. had been relieved of my hand-luggage and overcoat. screaming. stamping. but I had not yet played 5 . and was not billed to give my first performance until the following Monday. wool. Monday evening arrived. I had arrived on a Thursday evening. That night I poured out two gallons . "Then a brandy or a glass of beer at least.: MARTIN LUTHER'S WEDDING RING. Seeman that in this state we are not allowed to keep or sell any such drinks ?" I shuddered and in my own mind I swore revenge. Mr. in sixty glasses. At last. tered in the hotel book." "Don't you know.. I telegraphed to a friend in Kansas City. They were emptied quickly. among other It was a cold and cities." moved the cover from the cup and poured the contents.
The next day an admonition from the police. of whisky I received and gave it to the public. as I had only practiced my art and given the public the proof of my spiritual talent.72 AROUND THE WORLD WITH A MAGICIAN." . but they could do nothing to me.
D'Alvini in Japanese Costume. .
"JAP OF JAPS.'— EARLY LIFE. and as not even a short biog- raphy of him has ever been written the matter of •compiling this one has caused an infinite amount of painstaking research. paper excerpts from the press He made his great name of D'Alvini.CHAPTER X. "Jap of Japs. In some ways there is more known of D'Alvini. and he he in other is ways D'Alvini. the wonderful juggler. but success and fame under the in private life he was known . magician and prestidigitateur than other per- almost any distinguished son of his profession. less known. WILLIAM D'ALVINI. If kept a diary it has been lost. through a great pile of contracts made with him by amusement managers and of newsof the world.
and with that. Hiam. though in the most successful part of his life he was called "The Jap of silk prosperous firm of side. D'Alvini secured his of conjuring apparatus and tricks. and was a cockney of the cockneys. dyers in Wood but the truth is. and afterwards Sanger's circus. and the great juggler was born in London. his parents were Japs. Frank Hiam. in which latter art he was greatly assisted by his former schoolmate. has been published that D'Alvini's father was a mem'ber of a street. While with Sanger's circus Japan he conceived the idea of taking a Japanese troupe to England. was a mere life child. He had such a proclivity for show that his father apprenticed him to Powell & Clark's circus. He had a strongly marked Japanese face. first outfit From Mr. in this country his real by the name of William Armstrong. and in this he road a bicycle on a rope. name was William Peppercorn. of London. Mr.74 AROUND THE WORLD WITH A JUGGLER. With this troupe D'Alvini took up juggling and legerdemain. as rider he remained until he was 18 years old and gymnast. He was a It cousin to the famous clown Governelli. especially all those . something that had not yet been done. traveling over a large part of in the world. in 1847. Hoxton. Cheapmakers of artificial flowers. October 4th. from This was when he four to eight feet above ground. audiences was at London. who is well known as a manufacturer of conjuring apparatus. near the Canal Koad." D'Alvini's first appearance as a performer before the Grecian Theatre. City Koad.
The junior member of this firm being the same Sheridan Corbyn who first brought. Portuguese. and they are in the languages spoken on the continent. Spain. through Parravicini & Corbyn of London. Norway. forming a new company of European Japs. Eng-. men. of known as "the Japs of all Japs.! German. being the first troupe to receive the Mikado's consent to leave the empire." 75 pertaining to his magical portfolio. and D'Alvini made a tour of it Europe. "JAP OF JAPS." his Pending the time between the dismissal original Japanese troupe and that one afterward in formed Europe. and was sufficiently familiar with Japanese to understand and make himself understood in that tongue. He kept the it company on the road for five years and then sent back. . CONTINENTAL CONTRACTS. Sweden. for he spoke French. Portugal. and was also in Egypt. lish and Kussian with equal fluency. D'Alvini made of a tour alone through continental Europe. women and children was organized. Germany. The contract that took D'Alvini to Egypt was made with Drahmet Bey. France.WILLIAM D'ALVINI. all by D'Alvini. Austria. which made no difference to the conjurer in the matter of understanding them. afterwards intro- duced by the young magician under the vini's title of D'Al- Album. and during this time he was in many the cities of Eussia. A company of fourteen Japs. In the possession of this writer tion of the contracts is a large collec- made with European managers. Spanish. Holland.
To Messrs. payable to us on the signing of this Agreement and receipt whereof we acknowledge and subject to the . subject to the Rules of that Establish- ment. notably that of Mr. with a promise to pay to us a Commission as arranged between you and us. leaving London on Wednesday. Jugglers. perform to the best of your Ability all to the best Acts of your List or Eepertoire. the Vokes family to this country. Parravicini & Corbyn. is roles. The contract unique and is there- fore given herewith verbatim et literatim. <f Clarke. engage you accordingly. Frank Mayo during the time when that eminent actor was playing Shakespearian and other classic with Drahmet Bey. of Egypt. St. at a salary of Twen- Pounds Week and your passage to Egypt and back to London. as Agents only. to engage you to go to Egypt to perform. D'Alvini Etc.76 AROUND THE WORLD WITH A JUGGLER. S. Dramatic. 49 London. W. to commence two days after your arrival and continue during seven consecutive weeks from ty that time. and who was after- ward manager in the United States of several dra- matic companies. MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT. We are authorized by and on behalf of Drahmet Bey. Duke Street. James's. and General Agents. December 25th> Southampton and Thursday. Operatic. December 26th and we do hereby. Equilibrists. December 23. From the Office of Messrs. and accepted by you. This Engagement is made through our Agency. 1572. referred to.
as- sume It or admit any responsibility as that both to payment of salary or fulfillment of terms stipulated. Parravicini & Corbyn. de Monfort of Paris. Parish. But D'Alvini was in Spain again in 1883 and a letter from W. . is agreed Terms and Commission Pro shall be considered confidential. The contract is written in both English and Spanish in parallel columns and is also given hereis Another interesting with as an interesting relic. viz It is understood and agreed that on all extensions re- or renewals of ceive our this Engagement. We make artistes necessary inquiries in the interest of to and ourselves as of the respectability and as responsibility parties engaging. ". (Signer!) Drahmet Bey. Director This was in 1877. Agents or otherwise.L. agent for Phillip Ducazcal proprietor of several theatres in Spain. Agents. under any circumstances.: WILLIAM D'ALVINI. considered as made by all us.TAP OF JAPS." 77 Pules and Conditions of our Agency as stated below. C. Sevinoski. but do not. we shall always Commission as above stated and that all offered to you by the above Drahmet Bey shall be intrusted to us to reply to and to negotiate and all such New Engagements shall be New Engagements . payable to us as above stated. and shall be subject to the same Commission. contract that D'Alvini between and B.
Kepresentant des Theatres Espagnols Novedades Entre varios signe. en los teatros de su direceion. manifestandolo al Sr D'Alvini ocho dias antes de su terminacion. Ducazcal contrata al Sr D'Alvini para dos meses para ejecutar sus ejereicios japoneses y de equilibrio. Felipe Ducazcal director de en Espana.: 78 AROUND THE WORLD WITH A JUGGLER. Diciembre y acabara el dia 21 del pionimo El Sr Ducazcal tendia el derecto de pro- longar esta misma contrata. El Sr Ducazcal pagara al Sr D'Alvini la cantidad de Dos mil nueve cientos y cincuenta francos mensuales por quincenas anticipadas. y pagara tanbien los gastos cle viage de Paris a el Madrid en Coches de segunda ages.) El Sr D'Alvini se obliga a empezar sus representaciones en los teatros del Sr Ducazcal. con la familia de los D'Alvinis (dos personas mas. is also printed herewith following the first B. involving the 1883 contract. Paris. autorizado del teatros Sr D'Alvini y el Sr B. de Monfort. Esta contrata empezara el dia 22 del presente mes cle Febrero. of the Circo de Price. segun la composicion de sus espectaculos. cle Monfort agente Sr D. clase. el dia 22 del present nis y a sequirlos todos los dias a las horas qe-el Sr Ducazcal determine. 30 Bue Feydeau. y tanbien escero de peso de equip- El Sr D'Alvini no podra contratarse in representar en ningun otro teatro qe-en los del Sr Ducazcal . el et Buen Betiro de Madrid. se ha convenido loge- El Sr.
D'Alvini agrees pay to Mr. D'Alvini. D'Alvini obliges himself to commence his per- formances in Mr. "jAP OF JAPS. D'Alvini. D'Alvini know ending. de Monfort. Ducazcal ing to his program. Mr. shall determine accord- This engagement will begin on the 22nd of the present month to of December and it shall end on the 21st of next February. (Signed) B. and he will pay also the expenses of the voyage from Paris to Madrid in second class cars for three persons and the exMr. and Mr. D'Alvini for two months to perform his equilibrist and congring excercises in the theatres of his direction with the D'Alvini's troupe (two persons more) Mr. Ducazcal will penses of luggage. Ducazcal engages Mr. and to follow them in the hours and time that Mr. de Monfort authorized agent of Mr." 79 Sr Ducazcal quiera continuar la presente Hecho en Paris a 13 de Diciembre de 1877. B. Ducazcal will have the by letting Mr. Phillip Ducazcal. privilege prolong eight days before to it. proprietor of several theatres in Spain Mr. D'Alvini the sum of Two thousand. its Mr. Ducazcal's theatres on the 22ud of the present month. "Agreement between Mr. nine hundred aud fifty francs per month by anticipated fourtnights. D'Alvini will not be allowed to perform in any . if Mr.— mientras contrata. el : : WILLIAM D'ALVINI.
Made in Paris on the 13th of December. D'Alvini agrees of to perform to the best of his Mr. de Monfort. From programmes ment in of of amuse- London. Ducazcal's as long Mr. in possession of this writer. 1877. —W. W. D'Alvini conforms to the rules of the establishment and to be in Madrid two days before the open clay. Feb 10. notably . Mr. for a voyage exthe 14th of Commence on one month. 1883. D'Alvini can not abilities (var) letters received. Director AdministraContract. B. term Mr.: 80 other AROUND THE WORLD WITH A JUGGLER. (Signed) W. D'Alvini. tele- Please to return contract by return or drop a gram to say conform. Monsie ur D ^A Ivini Sir: Dear —Your conditions accepted namely 2. Madrid. Parish. Parish hold the right to prolong this contract for another month on the same conditions. Circo de Price tion. theatre than Mr. Dncazcal will continue the present engagement. W. 1883. Mr. numerous places P.500 francs payable in Spanish money every 15 all days and 200 francs allowed you for penses the engagement to April. Parish. appear in any other establishment in Madrid until this contract is completed. t (Signed) contract with price 's circus.
in Berlin." the 81 Crystal Eoyal Aquarium. he was the only one in sight. Jetty Skating Eink and from the printed invitations to entertainments given for public institu- and private parties. and also before the Princess of Wales and Edinburg. the ladies of the harem view- ing him through the lattice work of the boxes ranged above the stage. He appeared before the shah of . Concerning this incident D'Alvini afterward said to a friend in Chicago: drove "When I was in me from the I shall Eussia I had an experience that I land of the Czars and it. (who was afnot go back to It terwards assassinated by the Nihilists. He Be- was engaged expressly by the viceroy play his skill. Palace. as well as the Sultan of Turkey. Alexandra Palace. who stood guard. at such places. 'MAP OF JAPS. Alexander. sides several ugly eunuchs. on February 19 of the year in which he was killed.) to give a private entertainment for summoned me in the south him . London before Marshall McMahon Paris. it is evident that in the months of 1877. in the vice regal harem. promise you was in 1880 that I struck Eussia and the Czar. for during his somewhat checkered and eventful career D'Alvini performed before Queen Victoria twice. at his residence on the Eue de Ehone. previous to going to Spain D'Alvini was exceedingly busy with engagements for tions early took him before very became accustomed to that. Some of these exalted personages but he various times. of Egypt to dis- alone.— WILLIAM D'ALVINI. Persia in Crystal Palace. and before the Emperer William at the Palace He performed before the late Czar Alexander of Eussia.
the west wing was blown up by the revolutionists but nobody was hurt. Austria. Perrier. kind and agreeable. Marseilles. nevertheless. Another of the interesting contracts made by D'Aland the of the is was that entered into between himself in- ternational theatrical agency of E. of his wing winter palace. and also the late Alfonso of Spain in the royal palace at Madrid. for on that very night February 19th. This contract written in French and English in parallel columns and as the English D'Alvini's is peculiar. Paris. and treated me well. to say the least. and I soon got out of that country and I won't go back again unless I am chained." entertained D'Alvini also Don Pedro of Brazil twice at the emperor's home. I am glad he did not -choose the west wing. for the appearance maalso gician at the Casino. 20 Boule- vard St. it is given herewith. Denis. He was vini the making me. also that with the same agency for appearance at the Orpheum in Vienna. 1880. "I've been before nearly all the bloomin' crowned heads of of Europe." said D'Alvini." 82 AROUND THE WORLD WITH A JUGGLER. He of one of the finest fellows you ever saw. while in the midst of my jDerformance. It kept me in the palace under police surveillance for four days. "In fact. . is And don't forget the Mikado Japan.
PERBIER. a Paris. Paris le London. Mr. pour donner une par l'inter- repetition generale en costumes avec l'orcbestre. Vienne. Fevrler 1878. Agent Special Correspondence a Bruxelles. 6. Entre les soussignes. Denis. Madame Fabre et paiera a Mr. Madame Fabre 2. a ete arrete ce qui suit Madame Fabre engage Mr. Mr. D'Alvini a parter du 15 ou 20 Mars 1878 pour un mois. D'Alvini aux conditions de deux mille cinq cents francs par mois. the 18th." 83 AGEXCE THE ATE ALE INTERNATIONALE. Madame Fabre fera une avance de les six cents francs a Mr. D'Alvini devra etre rendu au Casino de Marseille la veille de ses debuts.) E. (au Eez de Chaussee.: WILLIAM d'aLVINI. D'Alvini a valoir sur ses appointements. D'Alvini recevra ses appointments au pro- rata tous les samedis. D'Alvini une inclemnite de cent francs en plus de ses appointe- ments. A Londres Berlin. 4. New- York. 3. 5. Madame et Fabre. droit de resilier l'engagement apres quinze jours. D'Alvini. se reservant le 1. engage Mr. 20 Boulevard St. Mr. Le dit engagement a ete contracte . "JAP OF JAPS. D'Alvini's engage a suivre usages et reglements de la direction du Casino de Marseille. directrice du artiste an- Casino a Marseille glais. II Mr.
E. D'Alvini with . Madame Fabre of indemnity 1 seille. Mr. 1878. with the option. E. le 21. D'Alvini on account of his salary. Perrier. D'Alvini. the day before his night. D'Alvini will be arrived to the Casino of first Marseille. an hundred francs besides his salary and Madame Fabre will make an advance of six hundred francs to Mr. Mr. will pay to Mr. . and Mr. 6. L. 2. 4. with the orchestra. to give a gen- eral rehearsal in costumes. direcof the Casino of Marseille. agent theatral in Paris and London. mediaire de Mr. The said engagement has been contracted by of the medium in Mr. D'Alvini will receive his salary in propor- tion every Saturday. Mr. Between the undersigned Madame Fabre.) Debut du quinze ou vingt Mars 1878. agent theatral a Paris et a Londres. Y. D'Alvini engage himself to follow the rules and customs of the direction of the Casino of Mar3.84 AROUND THE WORLD WITH A JUGGLER. D'Alvini artiste Anglais. D'Alvini begin the 15th of March. : Madame Fabre engage Mr. the condition of two thousand and five hundred francs- per month. for one month. 5. Fevrier 1878. Marseille (Signed. trice lowing 1. Ela Fabre. it has been agreed what it is fol. Perrier. to teen days Madame Fabre to cancel the engagement alter fifMadame Fabre engage Mr.
presentement a Paris. Danzer. Vienna.: WILLIAM D'ALVINI. A PARIS. bagages et teriel. et arrete ce qui suit 1.) E. le A Londres. etre rendu a Vienne . Les appointements de Monsieur D'Alvini sont fixes a la somme de deux mille francs par mois payables par quinzaine et deux chambres dans l'hotel de Monsieur E. (Signed. London. Engagement. vini Monsieur E. Monsieur D'Alvini devra septembre. Ela Fabre. 3. le 2d. AGENCE THEATKALE INTEENATIONALE." 85 will The Directrice says your engagement from the 15th to the 20th of March. V. Danzer alloue a Monsieur D'Alune somme de cinq cents francs d'avance et deux cents francs pour frais de voyage. DENIS. 2. New York. a Bruxelles.) begin L. 20 BOULEVARD ST. PEKEIEE. ma- 4. a ete convenu Monsieur E. the. Berlin. "JAP OF JAPS. Agent Special Correspondants Paris. Entre les soussignes : Monsieur Edward Danzer il Directeur de l'Orpheum a Vienne (Autriche) et Monsieur D'Alvini. Danzer engage Monsieur D'Al- vini pour executer sur la scene de l'orpheum exclu- fiivment tous ses exercises a parter dutrois September 1878 pour un mois certain. (AU REZ DE CHAUSSEE.
has been agreed what 1 it is following Master E. Perrier. v 7. 6. ABOUND THE WOULD WITH A JUGGLER. agent. Edward Danzer. Danzer se reserve le droit de pro- longer le dit engagement aux menies clauses et conditions. D'Alvini. a Paris. : 86 5. Denis Fait et signe double a Paris (Signed) 1878. month certain. Le le dit engagement a ete contracte par Monsieur Perrier agent de Monsieur D'Alvini pour la France et continent a moitie avec Monsieur Ferdinand Buech- ler agent a Vienne. Monsieur E. 20 Boulevard le 9 juillet. v CONTBACT. en payment le dix pour cent qui St. of The salary Master D'Alvini will be two fifteen thousand francs per month payables every . sera retenu par la Direction. Danzer n'est pas responsable des accidents pouvant survenir pendant le cours des representations. : Between the undersigned zer Director of the Master Edward Danin Orpheum Wien it (Autriche) et Master D'Alvini presentely in Paris. Monsieur E. pendant un mois en prevenant Monsieur D'Al- vini quinze jours a l'avance.. Danzer engage Master D'Alvini to performances to begin the tree September 1878 perform on the stage of the Orpheum only his exercises for one 2. Monsieur D'Alvini devra se conformer au re- glement de la Direction. moitie pour le compte de Monsieur E.
E.. Master E. Danzer will not be responsible of any accident which could occur daring the representations. Danzer will be allowed the sum of 3. Ferdinand Buechler agent in Wien. Edward Danzer. (Signed) for Signed doubled in Paris the 9 July. Master D'Alvini will be obliged to be arrived the 2d. D'Alvini to the 21st of October. September in Wien. 5. 7. Master E. Perrier agent of Master D'Alvini for the France : The said engagement has been contracted by Mr. Master D'Alvini will have to follow the rule of the Direction. . D'Alvini. I engage to day Mr. and continent this contract as made on company wit Mr. 1878. inclosed. Danzer will have the ringht to pro- long the said engagement with the same clauses and conditions for one month in giving notice to Master D'Alvini fifteen days in advance. 1878. "JAP OF JAPS. Master E. (Signed) Edward Danzer. D'Alvini he will pay the ten per cent of the commission and autorise the Director to retain half Mr. 500 francs at Master D'Alvini on advance. and 200 francs for the fores expenses. D'Alvini. Mr. 4." 87 Master days and two rooms in the hotel of the Danzer. 6.WILLIAM D'ALVINI. Perrier.
(Signed) Carl Pflaeging. Rotterdam. each evening and one matinee. TRANSLATION. engagirt von 17-27 August gegen ein Honorarvon pro Abend und 1 Matinee. Another contract that theatre in Leuwarden.00) for (Signed) engaged with the Pflaeging Com27 August at a salary of 50 florins. is to Leuwarden. .— 88 AROUND THE WORLD WITH A JUGGLER. Leeuwarden. D'Alvini pany from 17 ($20. 24 Juli 1881. : and the translation ist bei Carl Pflaeging. Herr D'Alvini . Mr.50 der Gesellschaft Pflaeging fl. Carl Pflaeging. 1881. July 24th. original is peculiar for his its brevity is one written in German for appearance at Following is a the Holland.
INDIAN JUGGLERS AND THEIR FEATS. and then went directly to We exhibited in Europe for three years. "It was called the 'Tycoon troupe.CHAPTER XI. "Their most remarkable skill is in balancing feats. Concerning D'Alvini's story is first Japanese troupe the best told in an interview with him printed in the Chicago Daily News of July 7th. San Francisco. . as special performers. Since that time they have learned that they can make far more money in Europe and America than at home. first company of Japanese jugglers that ever exhibited in this country or in Europe. this interview D'Alvini : brought over the said D'Alvini. 1886. Then the troupe disbanded. and in gave many interesting facts immediately connected with his from those aside The interview was as follows "Yes. to various theatres panies.' rival in We gave one exhibition on our ar- London. and such of the members as did not return to their own land became attached." the magician. THE FIRST JAPANESE TROUPE. I troupe. or com- The bringing of the 'Tycoon troupe' over was the introduction of Japanese conjurers into the western world.
as for the contract shows. 25. the western bar- Accordingly they obtained permission to carry with sufficient them what they considered would be a supply to last them during their absence from home. me to take three and also a list of the professional company and their personal belongThe Japs were greatly concerned for fear they would be unable to procure tooth brushes or powder properties of the ings. while sojourning in the lands of barians. I determined had acquired some insight into its methods the idea came to me that it would be a good scheme to take a native company to England. gone out from England with a circus company and was stranded in their country. and speeds along as there. but the permission of the government for jugglers with me. and. is The Jap is it a balancer by nature. Here is the original contract. I was so impressed with the marvelous sleight-of-hand per- J had formances of the Japanese jugglers that to learn the business. If a working-man carrying a ladder along the street he does not bear as any other If man would. resting his back on the ground. He it balances it deftly on one shoulder. But they carried with them. You see it I When not only contains the terms of agreement.90 AROUND THE WORLD WITH A JUGGLER. holds it in place with his feet instead of with the hands. if only a feather rested against a wall for he is going to brace some one else to ascend. quick as a flash he turns it from his shoulder. five There were between twenty and twenty- men in the troupe.000 packages of tooth powder and 5. as other people do.000 tooth-brushes their personal use. .
He does not understand what electricity or compressed air means. Their tricks are such clumsy affairs that they cannot be termed optical illusions. however. they have furnished most of the ideas for the development of the wonder- ful stage illusions of the day. Crude as they are. at skill nor enter- He does not travel to other lands. Where the it. The Indian juggler does not compare in skill with the professional magician of America or Europe. No trained western performer would think of giving them as they do.. streets and squares. "The Indian juggler has neither prise. He knows nothing of the science employed in latter-day legerdemain. entertainment a novelty they will want to see ." oriental "In what countries do people show the interest in entertainments of the class given most by magi- cians?" "That is somewhat is difficult to say. electricity and compressed air are the modern magician's most important tools. used to confine the compressed The stories of the marvels the Indian prolific performs have their origin in the imagination. The wonderful tales related of the marvelous feats performed by the conjurers of India are mere fairy stories. but remains home and gives his little performances in the. Their 91 for sale in amazement when they saw similar articles American and English shops was comical. " The Jap is the most skilled of all oriental jugglers. For. Some means of our best illusions are performed by the of delicate crushable glass air. you must know.THE FIRST JAPANESE TROUPE.
"But the most peculiar audiences that I have ever I gave entertainments both in had were the Zulus. Madagascar and along the coast of Africa. Well. of the wall The wives of the ruler. The theatre was The stage was at one end were compartlargest were for the and all around the rest ments of different sizes. first For instance. The only way I managed to give my performances among the Zulus was by exposing Then they became interested and followed the tricks. I was the European employed to go to Egypt to give legerI was hired expressly to demain performances. me around all the time as if I was a superior being. who was in power in Madagascar.92 AROUND THE WORLD WITH A JUGGLER. or those of royal birth. " We would travel from village to village. stitious. or more properly speaking. from with the natives for so ance. If I had not explained my illusions they would have fled from me in dread and watched their opportunity They are abjectly superto put me out of the way. He is the Englishman who was so active in supplying the Zulus with guns and ammunition during the war between the tribes and Great Britain. entertain the harem of the ruler then in power. and bartered much ivory for each perform- Without the guaranty they would have agreed . and the smaller ones for the Circassians and other low-born beauties attached to the harem. within the ruler's palace. every night for a long time. I gave performances still night after Dight for months and was retained. I was induced to do so by Richard William Dunn. camp to camp.
You see the latter of provides for an entertainment of February 17th that year. They dare scarcely answer his simplest questions or serve him at their inns. D'Alvini gives some fur- ther very interesting facts concerning his travels.was assassinated. "Of It is all bad countries. and experiences. I was not allowed to depart. A stranger in their viewed with suspicion. and from that interview the following excerpts are made again of his Speaking says: Japanese experiences he "I liked Japan fairly well. can form any conception of the ignorance of its and poverty midst is peasantry. and was kept under strict surveillance until the authorities were satisfied what my also the date of the associates were. and it is programme. for the occasion Here is the original programme and the contract. Russia is the worst.: THE FIRST JAPANESE TROUPE. to give 93 me ivory for an exhibition. it No one who has and village not traveled through to village. but when I was there it . I was engaged to give an entertainment in the winter palace on the night that the emperor . but before I could have got two miles from their village they'd have fallen on me to recover it. It is needless to add that I not only gave no performance on that night. from town to town. the bad country of the world. 1887. though. but that I was escorted to my hotel closely guarded by a company of soldiery." From an News of interview printed iu the Philadelphia March 13th. That's their method of doing business.
and then impress the spectators with the fact that he has been removed by supernatural means. but while in Japan I had learned the art of necromancy and jugglery myself. Well my undertaking was highly successful.94 seemed AROUND THE WORLD WITH A JUGGLER. They can not force nature. to that time such a thing Up offi- had never been attempted with the Mikado's permission. The Indian jugglers apparently make a plant grow from a seed in a few minutes. "Well. "I have seen the trick. I in reply to a Question. and the solution of the mystery is found in the fact that the juggler wears a bur- nous. Another of their feats is an illusion. of course. have made the . The jugglers put a boy in a large basket. but by the use of cial influence I was able to accomplish my object. The boy is re- moved from "Have the basket and concealed within the folds of his dress. who conceal the full grown plant hours beforehand on the spot where the feat is accomplished. And I want to say to you here that much that has been written about the supernatural power of the Indian jugglers is all poppycock. and many of the feats which we perform by the aid of these adjuncts could never be done by them. I had also been in India." I traveled much?" he answered. and they accomplish this by means of advance agents. to me that I might do better if I brought a troupe of 'Japs' from their country to England. or garment with ample folds. They have not the aid of compressed air and electricity. and there I had acquired the arts of the Indian jugglers. I think I have.
" "Yes. Mar- shal McMahon got me to play for him at his residence in Paris. the is "D'Alvini's skill due to a long and tedious else I practice. and also at private performances for the Princess of Wales and the Duke of Edinburg. and the Emperor William honored me by giving me a special engagement at his royal residence. The "Fairy Fountain" In this act he builds the fountain has been it. and while I was playing for him in the north wing of the palace the Nihilists blew up the southern wing of I the building. act is a triumph of balancing. "four I or five hours a day. the foundation resting on his chin. "I think well traveled man. In England I have played twice before Queen Victoria. I played in the Winter Palace for the Czar Alexander.THE FIRST JAPANESE TROUPE." Some of his feats are remarkable. and there are few towns on the continent in which I have not played. I gave a special performance for the Palace. a Japanese pagoda out of blocks of wood. fall off have to do this or to would from the standard which I aspire. In Constantinople I have appeared before the Sultan of Turkey." he said." am a pretty News add- Commenting upon ed : D'Alvini's work. the struc- The is ordinary one and the climax most extrareached when in place feat is a . London. 95 tour of Europe. "I practice on an average. for six months. When completed a stream of water issues out of ture revolving all the time. Shah of Persia in the Crystal The Viceroy of Egypt engaged me I several and times displayed my skill for the benefit of the ladies of the royal harem. "he added.
He advances his to the middle of the stage with a casket in hands fourteen inches square. know the laws of gravitation exactly. discovered. be thrown from crown and caught on edge on all sides and yet never leave the rod. will dance Altogether the feat is is a wonderful one. D'Alvini is a wonderful balancer. This introductory. The hat will perform all manner It it tions. D'Alvini said: "The Japan- . of water. but it will stick to the point of the rod under will circumstances. streamers of ribbon and showers of paper issue out of the fountain. Then he puts a newspaper on the floor. displayed in its and the science of balmost advanced developis In the art of illusion D'Alvini's triumph ac~ complished in producing a boy out ing. to do is away with the suspicion that a trap-door ing over and on the paper he used. of almost noth- He fairly gives the lie to the old Latin theorem ex nihilo nihil. and the audience now under the management of Eeilly & Wood. in the is dress of a Japanese executioner. just as D'Alvini directs. He seems to He will take a of gyraall cylindrical rod fifteen feet in length and balance a high hat on it. Speaking at another time concerning the fakirs of India and the Japanese." 96 AROUND THE WORLD WITH A JUGGLER. ancing ments. Stand- then he produces a full-sized boy of 16 years. Out is of this cas- ket he draws ribbons of paper. The curtain rises as D'Alvini. . and will make an extended tour of this D'Alvini is country. illusion is inexplicable makes a few passes and The is startled.
a statement that can- The Japanese are very intelligent. ful." "We hear a great deal about Indian juggling. ese set the 9T example all for us.. and the wonderful trick of the marabouts. D'Alvini after having dismissed his original Japanese troupe and having made a tour of Europe and Egypt alone. balancing articles on a rapidly revolving parasol. I traveled throughout India." As mentioned elsewhere. jugglers. but such stories are Indian fables — mere and I fairy tales. but what I could do myself. conjurers and legerdemain. mere child's play and can be seen almost anyIt is where. and other as- sistants. never saw anything particularly wonder- nothing in fact. and take great pains with whatever work they do. it. and that not be gainsayed. Tom-o-Kitchi.. causing them to fly a short distance and to return. . such as bringing birds into existence. very hard to copy after jugglers and requires endless patience and toil. I try to be original. The others are all my own. the Europeans.THE FIRST JAPANESE TROUPE. because that is. Beside D'Alvini himself the bills there were Mrs. I never do any ball or knife throwing. formed another company in England which he called "The Japs of all Japs." and took them on a continental tour with great success. have improved upon masters of As the arts of and we. D'Alvini as who was known on Kara Miss Kara.. Europeans is surpass the world. There is only one trick performed by me that is done by others and that is.
as originally written in French. D'Alvini entered into a contract with Patrizio. Patrizio is said to have lost $40.000. but he imparted the loss his to lack of knowledge of the English language of those is and the ways Following who had his affairs in charge. Patrizio engage la duree de six Monsieur Willa liam D'Alvini pour une tournee dans l'Amerique du Sud pour mois a dater du jour de le droit premiere representation. And yet his business was very large everywhere. there fol- lows also a translation of same : "Entre Monsieur Ernest Patrizio d' Monsieur William D'Alvini de suit 1. While to visit in Spain. who was himself a famous magician. which was a artistically throughout.00 in that tour. TO SOUTH AMERICA WITH PATRIZIO. remarkable success though to him it was a financial failure. South America and the West Indies. the contract between D'Alvini and Patrizio. opposite page is On the who made a portrait of Patrizio.: CHAPTEE XII. l'autre et une part et convenu a qui Monsieur E. en se reservant de . a tour of the United States.
Les frais de voyage en 2nd class et du materiel •sont a partir de Barcelona a la charge de Monsieur ses frais d'hotel.00) payable a dixaines echeves ne se calculand pas comme 6. 4. soit pour paraitre une ou deux dans la et meme soiree. demie. Monsieur D'Alvini promet aussi son concours pour l'execution des Spectres ou Ombry et de faire de son mieux pour la reussite de la presente entreprise. fetes Les jours de Diinanches Monsieur Patrizio pourra donner deux representations sans que pour cela Monsieur D'Alvini puisse avoir doit a une augmentation. engagement si pour . 2. 99 prolonge pour autres six mois cela sera le dit de sa convenance sans que . pour une duree d'au moins et une heure 3. 5.TO SOUTH AMERICA WITH PATRIZIO. Patrizio. Les pavements seront au numeraire d'or ou . de Jonglerie.cela une augmen- Monsieur D'Alvini met a disposition de Mond' illusion sieur Patrizio son spectacle d' exercises d'equilibriste. pour prendre parte toutes les representations que Monsieur Patrizio don- nera avec sa campagnie fois. avec le concours de Madame clans Kara et du petit Japonais. jours payable les jours employes dans les traversees maritimes. Chaqun payera Les frais particulier du spectacle de Monsieur fait seront a sa charge. 8.000. 7. Pour tout D'Alvini la le travail dont est question dans la presente convention Monsieur Patrizio payera a sieur Mon(fcs somme de trois mille francs 3.Monsieur D'Alvini puisse pretend re tation.
2nd. William months in South America. TRANSLATION : "Between Mr. . Fait en bonne (Signed) foi ce 19 Avril de 1883. 11. Nations a la demande d'un des inter- 10. clu clu argent. of in which case Mr. D'Alvini. Mr. D'Alvini puts at the disposal of Mr. Ernest Patrizio engages Mr. and Mr. Wm. prix clu dernier bulle- Cette convention avec le privee peutetre elevee a ecriture publique concours des consuls des respectives esses. D'Alvini shall have no increase salary. cles si et 1' en- gage a clemi relever Monsieur Patrizio que peuvent lui etre damages en etait occassione autrement.: 100 AROUND THE WORLD WITH A JUGGLER. the following has been agreed 1st. D'Alvini for a tour of six to date Mr. Barcelone. Pour toutes les differences qui peuvent orig- iner entres les parties contractantes c'est convenu des a present que toute question sera remise aux arbitrage des Consuls de la respective nations. Monsieur D'Alvini promet de n'avoir jamais clans le Sucl donner son spectacle et interets Amerique. ou en papier pays de la Nation ou on se ce que trouvera au moment payment aux taux de le vendra Tor ou l'argent selon tin de la bourse. of their first from the day performance. party of the first part. party of the second part. Ernest Patrizio. Ernest Patrizio. and reserving the right to prolong the said engagement for six months more should it suit him to do so. 9.
9th. 4th. D'Alvini is to as- him in the same. D'Alvini the sum of Three Thousand Francs (3000 francs). . Patrizio will give two exhibitions daily sist and Mr. On holidays and Sundays Mr. 8th. 3rd. without any additional salary. and 5th. second class cabin. at the request of either one of the parties. The expenses of the voyage out. D'Alvini' s specialties shall be paid by himself. Patrizio may give with his company. payable every ten days. the days spent on the water not counting. juggling and the illusions. all the work above mentioned Mr. Patrizio. Each party shall pay his own hotel bills. silver or paper of the country in which the parties at the time. For Patrizio will 7th. to do his best towards the success of the present enterprise. shall be made in gold. and all baggage expenses starting from Barcelona will be defrayed by Mr. Mr. Patrizio his specialties 101 in balancing. Any expense The payments incurred in the production of Mr. allowances being may be made for exchange.TO SOUTH AMERICA WITH PATRIZIO. D'Alvini further promises to give his assistance in the production of the Ghost Show and Shadowgraphs. also the services of Madam Kara and little Japanese boy. pay Mr. This private agreement may be legalized by the consuls of the respective nations. as above mentioned. for at least one and one-half hours. who are to assist him in all the performances which Mr. whether it be one or two appearances on the same evening. 6th.
making large it and small. working the old glove trick. ing in this city and amusing the public are Patrizio Herrmann and Bosco. contract at Barcelona. All differences that may arise between the- contracting parties shall be submitted for arbitration to the consuls of the respective nations.: 102 AROUND THE WORLD WITH A JUGGLER. 10th. Bio Ja- D'Alvini opened at Rio and performed in other ies cit- and towns of Brazil and then went to Buenos Ayres. and if it is found otherwise. 1883. They are all doing precisely the same thing. but neither of them has anything new. which he . hat. he agrees to pay one-half the damages. D'Alvini affirms that he has never given* his specialties in South America. Made in good faith this 19th day of April. Spain. which may be caused thereby. the ribbons and rabbits from the things that are familiar to everybody. to Mr. 11th. — all The greatest and most zio. producing coins from a man's nose or head. the excerpt alluded to at present perform- "The four conjurers who are Martini. company from Barcelona. doing the changing — handkerchiefs. all noted for their re- markable tricks in magic. said these things which were not very flattering to other magicians among them D'Al vim's employer Following is Patrizio. skilled of the four is Patri- but the one who has the most money. Before leaving Rio one of the newspapers speaking of his performances. pulling eggs out of a man's hat. Patrizio." In pursuance of this D'Alvini to sailed with his neiro. Mr.
D'Alvini's Juggling Acts. .
if and manipulate the columnscertainly Herrmann. Arrived JBuenos Ayres July 1st. Found an old friend. Theatre very large. is change the we look of "Jap Japs" who now attracting the atten- tion of the Eio De Janeiro public. be seen that the four conjurers mentioned above were all rep- resented as doing the same old familiar tricks. : While corda. — . but what a at the performances of D'Alvini.TO SOU1H AMERICA WITH PATRIZIO. 6 in the evening. at Montevideo D'Alvini wrote all "Five per- formances and Lodgings at Hotel Conrooms very bad damp. Money all paper. Left Montevideo June 31st. to say nothing of his Ghost Show and Shadowgraphing. Business good. Good eating. an American. marvelous. Whoever wishes to be amused should by all means see his performances. extraordinary and inimitable performance ever seen in the realms of mystery."' The page entire first page of this paper a lithograph of is was taken up by which the illustration on opposite It will a photographic reproduction. 10B has secured by making friends with the public. Very large town. Every paper speaking well. knowing how to advertise well is of the press. Success big. who gives the most admirable." good. juggling and conjuring.
At Colon D'Alvini opened a theatre which was called the "Colonia Theatre. D'Alvini other islands of the greater Antilles. birds and bugs. was during practical his visit to Brazil that D'Alvini took up the work in. Undaunted. especially British Guiana and Venezuela. and some manner that they of them are ." CHAPTER D'ALVINI'S XIII. This establishment. the plucky magician sailed for the West Indies and played a long and successful season in Jamaica and in towns of the world. of a hobby that he had always all been interested being a skillful He put in his spare time hunting and securing butterflies. and beyet entomologist and taxidermist he pre- served his collections in such a came very valuable extant. men- After adding the South American countries tioned to his great all list of triumphs throughout nearly and company sailed for the Northern colonies of South America. EXPERIENCES IN THE WEST INDIES. however was burned by the insurgents during a revolution and D'Alvini lost many thousands of dollars worth of property for which he was never reimbursed. earning large sums It of money.
D'Alvini was also very fond of sports and lived as all sorts of 105 out-door much as possible in the open air. taken from a Demerara newspaper of that time. The carter after the fashion of started with rudeness. the -conditions of which are almost invariably enervating to people generally. of the most genial. except now and then some one who attempted to impose upon him. The paper says "Whatever may be the illusionist and juggling powers of the Jap of Japs. and thus traveled from place to place at his leisure making the circuit a glorious outing. D'Alvini made friends of all with whom he came in contact. seemed almost impossible and especially was this apparent in tropical and semi-tropical regions. An incident of this latter kind is illustrated by the following paragraph. and finding his man much The Jap was smaller than himself "went for him. that ing. While on the island of Jamaica D'Alvini engaged wagons and teams for the entire trip about the island. Thus he would shoot and fish along the way and also continue the additions to his entomological and ornithological collections." . in which be combined business with pleasure.EXPERIENCES IN THE WEST INDIES. he immediately upon his Being one of generous : arrival gave a lesson in the "noble art is of self -de- fense" to one of our mule carters. worth nothis class. and he even had a way of winning their respect. sociable and men. jovial. He had powers for a rugged constitution and was possessed of such of to endurance that it him become fatigued.
the Rev. tuition And he — said he knew many did — he learnt by sudden tricks." He has asked the people him . G. the least ludicrous part of this Not impromptu performof jug- ance. as cool as a refrigerator but he was always ready to learn. — one except himself. Downer. Once while fit at Kingston. without cost to any gling were comical in the extreme. Jamaica. It is headed "A Shocking Affair" and is as follows "To-morrow the Eector of Kingston." In his generous way D'Alvini was always ready and willing to help along any good cause that appealed to him. in- how to spread out a blusterer twice his weight and bulk.: 106 AROUND THE WORLD WITH A JUGGLER. he gave a beneaffair created for a "Struggling of Cemetery. and frequently he gave entertainments for the benefit of worthy objects." and the the an amusing war papers. words between the local newsKingston Call of will fully explain the situation. so beautifully spoken by some one as to help "God's Acre. W. His expressions of astonishment at this kind and he knows by this that the famous "Illusionist's" muscular powers are no illusion if a little delusive. and they always got their money's worth. proposes to ask the public to assist him that in getting together sufficient funds to beautify of sacred spot in the immediate vicinity of his church. The whole scene was so ludicrous that those present fairly exploded with merriment. was the figure cut by the overturned carter. so he would take a lesson now. for their tickets. barring of course the price paid by those who visited the show. A clipping from November 23rd. 1886.
— 107 funds to enclose and beautify joined the "great river. and although assisting a good cause had received an equivalent for outlay in the shape of" tickets. which w e think exactly fits the case. the graves of those jority" who have — those who have crossed the dark maand rela- who are awaiting the arrival of their friends and tives. soonest mended" strictures. in providing necessary . and differences of opin- In order that the public shall have value for their shall feel that they their money. gentleto secure the assistance of a man managed number of ladies and gentlemen. and also enlisted the sym- pathies of the "Jap of Japs" who. with the big heartthat is always to be found in the breast of a genuineat artist. once volunteered to give his valuable serassist in a cause vices free to which he thought de- served support. while reading your winced. "least said. and are sure r that our readers will pick out the various "points" and appreciate them accordingly : You have really done good. When you wrote in your paper of 19th inst. This "shocked" the fine sensibilities whose effusion on the subject raised a feeling of ridicule and disgust in every quarter Jew and Gentile alike. of the Gleaner. the Eev. though harm was in- tended. We now produce the following. you know. concerning which there so varied theories in that are so- many. great who sooner or later must join them unknown space. we not even .— EXPERIENCES IN THE WEST INDIES. And. However. and ion.
Oh ! come and applaud him. playing one States was as had been elsewhere and he not only won thousands of enthusiastic admirers of his accomplishments. Oh ! come chaps to the Gala. whom men Jap of -Japs. From the leans. and see that best chap of Delighting the people with tricks. Myrtle Bank. Jamaica. . 1885." West Indies D'Alvini went to New Ormonth at the Avenue theatre after which he went to Chicago and signed for two years with Fred Hodson. but made hosts of friends. D'Alvini's success in the United it great as To give sone idea of the character of D'Alvini's entertainments the following excerpts are made from the newspapers States in the West Indies and United :— The Colonial Standard of Kingston. said in the course of a long article: "An exceedingly large number of present on Monday night last at our citizens were the Polytheama. urge him on. call the Who at Juggling and conjuring is equalled by few. There's no limit to all the great good he will do. manager of Kellar. of Jane 3rd. The Rector of Kingston. to witness the debut there of the "Jap .. with your influence. old and new. Oh! come and encourage our excellent clergyman. so honest and true For we know that if you. The newspapers wherever he went fairly teemed with praises of the genial magician and his work. 108 AROUND THE WORLD WITH A JUGGLER.
the Jap of Japs keepas it ing them spell-bound were by the startling. first In one and part of the ly all of which formed the programme "The Jap Japs" was equal- amazing — and as feat succeeded feat the enthusiasm of the audience was increasingly aroused. and see if these artists who have played before crowned heads and who have received the highest encomiums Press is so profuse in its laudations of whatever pany or individuals — from the Press in T all parts of the world do not in every w ay merit what we hear report his feats of of them. clean. How the liquid which was plain to view in a vase on one table. Wonderful! on all sides Superb Fossibly in these days when a portion of our local comcome to our shores to cater to the public amusement. doubt well earned laurels received the hearty endorsation of a Kingston audience. as to from amidst the great gatherMagical! exclamations.! EXPERIENCES IN THE WEST INDIES." 109 whose performances had been previously heralded here by credentials from all parts of the world. such as. induce ing. we may be thought indulging in the foregoing remarks. So suddenness and their effectiveness of execution. disappeared to be seen afterwards almost instantaneously transferred to a previously empty vessel on . in somewhat of exaggeration. as to his remarkable and amazing necromantic Nor was it very long ere these beyond acquirements. of Japs. of the rapid and imposing natures successive feats startling in their which he placed before them. To those who may be of such opinion we merely say go you and judge for yourselves.
set on fire. testified style of amusement that they were possessed with considerable fear as to the possibility of some accident resulting to him from his daring feats." brought . It is however a interest.like silence which pervaded the audience whilst Tom was executing some of his most daring contortions." To Tom O'Kitchi. youth especially considered. Nor was astonish- ment less intense when a bottle placed on one table and a candlestick on another opposite were made to change places from table to table at the will of the When however Kara-Miss-Kara made her operator. a another table was matter of deep surprise — as was the eventual appearance of two pigeons from out of a saucepan in which was being cooked an omelet and that — after a piece of paper had been in the center of the saucepan. inducing marked astonishment and consequent prolonged applause on the part of the vast numbers present. the Indian Eubber Boned Boy. surprise rose to the highest pitch. We have but seen in our experiences his many Contortionists. never do we recollect having seen any to equal Tom. was assigned the second Part of the Programme. As a Contortionist he is truly remarkable.— HO AROUND THE WORLD WITH A JUGGLER. in which we do not take the least and on Monday night the death. display of Equilibrium by the "Jap of Japs. yet been seen to the best Kara-Miss-Kara we think has not Remarkable advantage. and proceeded to stand on a table having a Straw Cone put over her. appearance. which completely hid her from view but from under which on its being — removed she had disappeared.
could — pernatural power over all all things terrestrial. the fingers of each sitter just touching those of "willed" the his neighbor. the third and last part of the Ill to a conit programme clusion after which the audience separated having was generally admitted witnessed a most ing performance. A number of wellknown citizens were invited from among the audience to come up on the platform and take seats round this table. surpassed any of his previous and made his audience wild with enthuThe subject of illustration was "Spiritualism" and "Miracles. siasm. Mr." The wonderful and seemingly impossible things which he did in full view of his auexhibitions. Mr. D'Alvini for a medium. Depass. C. Kara-Miss-Kara then . seated. Among these we noticed Mr. James Gall. James Lunan. printed the following detailed account of the flying table. Behind him stood Kara-Miss-Kara "The Spirit Medium" (so called). of "The entertainment given by the Jap of Japs Saturday evening. She is supposed to possess an extraordinary and su- Bank. Dugald Campbell of Linstead (a Scottish giant). have had special mechanism concealed about it." interest- Another Kingston newspaper commenting upon the ''Spiritualistic" part of D'Alvini's entertainment. Mr.! EXPERIENCES IN THE WEST INDIES. and some others with Mr. the When of these gentlemen were palms their hands were well spread upon the top little of the table. dience could only be thought of as — Supernatural A round table which had been previously inspected. by any possibility. selected from the furniture in the residence at Myrtle not.
and until first it turned. upon the Then if began to dance around the stage. its further progress but. and the rope drawn tightly through to the back and In a few seconds a bell rang inside no one sealed. to no purpose what.112 AROUND THE WORLD WITH A JUGGLER. and it immediately gave' movements. were in the of progress ! way Those round the table had then to rise. Dugald Campbell. we to- "disobeyed orders" by willing the table stand still.. Mr. and placed table his thumbs under the . pressing the table downwards with it it their extended stage' hands. throwing down all the operators (except Mr. whose hands were tightly tied by a committee of gentlemen. and sealed." his eyes were bandaged. with the sack under his arm and KaraMiss-Kara still tied up in the cabinet. the moved with increased speed the chairs on which the gentlemen sat. A little boy. can tell how the curtain was drawn and out stepped the youth. indications of believe. still it rose in mid-air with the hands of the gentlemen table. He was put into a dark cabinet along with Kara-Miss-Kara. Dugald Campbell) until at last it fell itself on top of Mr. he knew of no change situation and could not say how he had been . next walked upon the stage "a sack. selected from among the oc- cupants of reserved seats. The little felto be enclosed in and the sack tied — — • low looked quite as astonished as the audience whilst the cabinet in his . Gall whom it had previously thrown' down in the dance. then walked on the to "rise" Kara-Miss-Kara ordered —whereupall on. amidst upro'arish and uncontrolled laughter. table to prevent ever . for was opened. table to go in one direction.
.Patrizio's Table Lifting.
113' removed from the sack. 1885. all be- Yet there were the manifestations patent to holders The photographic reproduction on the opposite page shows Patrizio. the ornamental tables and the elaborate and unique paraphernalia of a Japancan add little We to the . printed John. volume of Press comments that would be more descriptive and recommendatory than what is written by our contemporaries. The sack was examined and The breathless for attention with which these proceedings were closely watched could only be accounted that if by the feeling. The Antigua Standard. The execution of the artists was par excellence. the usual issue of March 4th. and the encomiums of the Press in the British. gives.: EXPERIENCES IN THE "WEST INDIES. his secretary and assistants in the above mentioned table lifting feat. French and Spanish West Indies. with the seal unbroken. and immediately impresses one favorably with those who are catering for the public. British Guiana. Brazils and Venezuela are not one bit too high in their testimony as to the merits of the Company. found uncut. it these were not veritable '-Miracles" was hard to believe that such marvels could be accomits plished in "This world" by !" ordinary inhabitants. The Blue and Gold satin hangings. his troupe something concerning the richness of the stage drapings and the costumes of the perform- That paper declared the performances to be "Novel and unique. besides account of the performances of D'Alvini and ers. The tout ensemble of the stage was rich with oriental hangings. in its in the city of St.
he then takes a cone shaped covering. and after the usual maneouvers of Conjurers he removes the cone. impresses one that something above the to -ese conjurer. Her dress first evening was Cerise colored tights and trimmed with Silver. She enters and is asked by the "Jap of Japs" to stand on the table." The Demerara Chronicle. member -tini. attraction. and she is not to be seen. Last evening her dress was Green and Gold. inasmuch praise given to us. would be indeed a very fastidious public if the entertainments failed to please. Our readers will remember the visit of Sr.114 AROUND THE WORLD WITH A JUGGLER. ance- and her beauty and rich dress formed no small The last part Miss Kara's disappear- — — caused considerable astonishment. D'Alvini excels him. and puts it over Miss Kara. D'Alvini's Company. said the "Saber- man with an appetite for two-edged swords . We are mous glad to say that we have not heard such unani- any Company that has visited Mr. ours. being more sleight of hand than by mechanical Miss Kara's illusions on both evenings were done with a grace and perfection that simply enchanted her audi- ences . Delinsky and how he charmed all who saw him. of the D'Alvini troupe in the course of a : long article on the entire performance. as that accorded to as his tricks are done with little apparatus. aid. speaking of another on the bodice. made of three barrel hoops covered with cloth. is Indies and as attractive as anything of the kind produced elsewhere. we can confidently assert that Mr. ordinary is superior to As the entertainment is anything ever witnessed in the West be seen.
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and bayonets, had the third part in the programme to himself, and various were the conjectures indulged in with regard to his performance, which was capped by
balancing a heavy carbine on his teeth by the tip of
and then running the bayonet down his weapon seemed to rest on his lips. The "Jap of Japs" (Mr. D'Alvini) appeared in the final part assisted by Miss Kara, and Tom-o-Kitchi as the attendant sprite. D'Alvini was fearfully and wonderfully gotten up, in flowing-robes, vari-colored and grotesquely figured, with a mitre-like headpiece. Miss Kara wore a splendid dress, rich in £Oior and curious in style, and the stage was agreeably furnished with the elaborate and unique paraphernalia of a Japanese conjurer."
the muzzle of the
THE UNITED STATES.
Louis Post-Dispatch printed a long
trated article, concerning D'Alvini during his engagein the city
named, and from that
such things as bear upon D'Alvini's performances
of his career not before
mentioned in heading "Wonderful
D'Alvini" the Post-Dispatch said
audiences at the Grand Opera house during the past
week, has aroused an immense amount of curiosity by exhibiting a number of new tricks, which are totally unfamiliar, even to those who have seen the skill of the other noted magicians exhausted. His entertainment is unique, and many of his tricks are so entirely dissimilar to anything that has been seen before, that questions innumerable have been asked concerning them. He exhibits most marvelous training and the delicacy of his work, the deftness of his nimble fingers and the wonderful success of all hisfeats arouse curiosity that is not to be wondered at.. Everything is done with so much ease and accuracy;
the united states.
that one often suspects that some hidden mechanism
the real magician, not D'Alvini.
an egg back and forward on an ebony cane, balance a tissue paper hat on a bamboo rod or toss an egg in the air and catch it on a china plate with-
out cracking the shell, one's credulity
doubt, but D'Alvini performs those feats and there
that stretches curiosity to
no chicanery about them or him. its utmost
But the trick what the main
"The Bow and Ball Trick." He has a hickory bow about four feet
and from end to encl^ are stretched two whip-cords, They are parallel and about two inches apart. bow by bridges, something above the raised which are placed at each bridges, like violin He holds the bow at an angle of about end. 45 degrees and turns on one foot, keeping up a steady,
continuous circular motion.
places a red
upon the strings. It remains at the bottom of bow for a moment, then rises to the top, rests the there and then rolls slowly down the strings and it
stops wherever the magician wills
center, near the top or bottom,
anywhere upon those
remains, resting only
strings that he
Then he adds another and finally a third ball, and they move according to his desires, seemingly of their own volition. They are gathered at the top, or held midway, or distributed over the strings in any way
against, not on, the inclined strings.
must be some mechanism that governs these
and the only explanation that can be given of his power to hold them wherever he it wills is that he has acquired a mastery of the centrifugal force. and by his movements can make stronger or weaker. that they are overrated.118 ABOUND THE WORLD WITH A JU'GGLER. The exhibition. but when one has learned how long is and earnestly he has labored in his calling one ficiency. as indeed. continuing he said to skill : "Feats that are ascribed and even sorcery are performed by him by drawing on the religious superstitions of his audience. D'Alvini said something more concerning the East India fakirs that does not appear before in this work. Being asked what he thought of the East Indian magicians he declared as always. centrifugal force created by the circular sufficiently movement is strong to overcome the attraction of of gravitation. which easily accounts for the motion the balls in flying from the lower to the upper end of the bow. a band of these mountebanks approached and gave their exhibition. that I kept my eyes wide open. the morning after my arrival in India. . That was my line of business and you may be assured I was disgusted. did to master his other wonderful tricks." not surprised at his pro- In an interview printed in the Post-Dispatch. or It equal to a nicety to the force of gravitation. While seated on the veranda of the hotel in Calcutta. took it years of practice to accomplish the feat. balls. and they are simply what they appear to the audience in the theatre to be. wonderful private but D'Alvini performed the feat at a where the bow and balls were carefully examined.
dry as By ren- dered impervious to the action of water and emerges The East originated jugglery. first D'Alvini's prominent engagement in the United States was with Professor Harry Kellar. . hanging on waist. The next season he went with Professor Alexander Herrmann. who is is supposed to pass through the earth. which the sacred latter And it their trick. but who to a belt concealed in the flowing trousers of the juggler. where he made a great hit he remained with Kellar for about four months when an arrangement was made with the Kiralfys and afterwards was with Reilly & Woods Company where he was considered by many the best part of the show. notwithstanding he was an inveterate smoker of tobacco. at the Madison Street Theatre. art. thick set cast of features though his hair marked Japanese was curly. After making a tour of Mexico with him D'Alvini returned to Chicago to . 119' Their basket trick is performed by the boy assistant. Chicago. a and strongly built with a habit which he declared did not affect his sight or do him any other physical injury. something that never occurs on Japanese heads. but the European and American have perfected the as tinder. is in sulphuric acid performed by first baking the earth and common white wax and again that process the ball of sand is ammonia. He was quick in movement at all times but never nervous. wears about his which is that of it throwing sand into water and taking out as dry as when in entered.d'alvini in the united STATES." In person D'Alvini was below the average height.
July 3rd. He had ill been home but a short time when he was taken with typhoid pneumonia and his death was hastened by an ulcer on the brain. .120 AROUND THE WORLD WITH A JUGGLER. spend his vacation. 1891. He died Wednesday. and was buried in Oakwoods Cemetery.
and while the ual manifestations' are on therein all the lights are turned off in the building. little This evening two or three of us were feeling a glum. have been beyond those already told preserved.CHAPTER XV. these pages. but very few of these out- side incidents of his in life. he said. In the course of such a it life as that of D'Alvini's was natural that hundreds of strange. going In our magic 'spirit- performance we use a cabinet. REMINISCENCES OF D'ALVINI. and we . Following be found quite inter- however are a few that esting. humorous. a short time ago. ''While we were in Cheyenne. Unfortunately. a very funny incident occurred. however. will D'Alvini was a great practical joker and some- times his pranks barely escaped producing serious results. especially since D'Alvini was an exceedingly eccentric man and quite queer in many ways. As an illustration of this the following inci- dent is related as it came from D'Alvini's lips. extraordinary incidents should be pathetic and crowded into it.
there a board walk from the stage down into the centre rium. the Wonderful juggler connected with . were to be out only thirty seconds. and it seemed that everybody was accusing everybody else having taken advantage of the darkness to play mean tricks. Mo. Just before the lights were turned on we skipped back onto the stage and into the wings. pulling their hair.' Well. hitting one a flat-hand clip on the face and then another. Fifteen or twenty men were on their and half a dozen were fighting with each other. Revolvers drawn. feet. and so we had no time to As soon as the gas was turned out we skipped down the run-down and into the aisle. One man had knocked his neighbor clown under the seat. aisle of the audito- We call this the 'run-down." The D'Alvini story St. put our heads together and made up our minds is that we'd do something to liven up the performance. bumping two men's heads together. Herald printed.: 122 ABOUND THE WORLD WITH A JUGGLER. in the house. you know. and another had his two hands in the hair of the man sitting next to him. and playing all such pranks. light came we saw that there was a great commotion lose. and as quick as lightning. There we banged around lively among the spectators. and As soon as the there stopped to watch the sport. all In conjuring shows. Joseph.. when thrs cabinet act was on two of us started out to have who were not engaged The lights some sport. little while was there the following humorous "D'Alvini. It was ten minutes before we could get of the house quieted.
A young lady who attended the matinee feat. He a many supMohammedan Sheik and does not speak one word of our language. but neither could speak a language understood by . when the coin begins a revolution on the inside. the juggler now with the Re illy pose. does a trick that is 123 simply phenomenal. One evening at a reception given by John Stetson at the Hoffman House. is an American made up." quit the circus after a few weeks. ence. as is daily is an instance in point D'Aivini. D'Aivini was engaged to amuse the invited guests. and races around as though inspired. Russian and Greek. not. & Woods show. converses fluently in Italian. fact startling and fiction manner. He. D'Aivini." Frequently in newspaper paragraphs concerning D'Aivini. Reilly happened to be one of them as also did Tony Pastor. He takes a common china bowl and borrows a silver dollar from some one in the audi- He places this inside of the bowl.: REMINISCENCES OF d'aLVINI. Pat. One Barnum's agents saw his performance in Hindoostan and at once engaged him for the venerable showman's own show. York and prestidigitateur. After witnessing his performance both were anxious to secure his services. heaved ! "Oh. dear I wish I could make a dollar go as far as that one. : and wit- nessed this great a sigh. laying out per- pendicularly. the Kellar combination. however. not liking "tent-life. and of is a talented man. however. His engagement with the company came about in a novel way. became mixed in the most The following from a New. and said turned to a lady friend.
turned it into another trick and passed off the contretemps very nicely. them." Speaking of ridiculous accidents that sometimes happen to a magician's apparatus. The flower was made to grow by fanning the pot. Tony bid high for the man. while Tony's run of language was constituted of Bainery English. He. out of the top of which comes any card a spectator may When the trick has been worked several call for. and before he could ask for a card or explain what his trick string was his man pulled the and up flew the whole deck as in my case. The trick was worked by means of clock-work. Both hurried off to find an interpreter and Eeilly secured one sooner than Pastor and had the contract signed when Tony appeared with his interpreter. times the conjurer makes the whole pack come out I had a new assistant to pull the of the mouth. I discovered . I to another magician. He produced the cards behind a glass in a frame. strings. and United States. Keilly could D'Alvini. however. apparently. One night my wife was doing a flower trick. converse fluently in Irish. but Pat. got him. that spoil the tricks. D'Alvini said once to a friend "Conjurers often have funny accidents happen to was once working the dummy head. She had just begun fanning it when. and I had just ordered him to produce the jack of spades which a gentleman wished to see when the cylinder got out of order and the whole pack flew I saw a similar accident happen out of the mouth. went hirn one better and Giberish. to my horror.: 124: AROUND THE WORLD WITH A JUGGLER.
" It may be interesting to the riders of bicycle. the world-renowned journalist.: REMINISCENCES OF d'aLVINI. and did sums. It was the clumsiest and most laughable thing I ever did. bicycle D'Alvini. D'Alvini's talents New York New Dear Press Club. I told her in an 'aside' from the wings. 1S88. A friend of mine who travelled with me had a skeleton which was worked by means of electric wires. 120 nassau street. John A.. lends additional interest to the following testimonial of Mr. The atmospheric disturbances were so great as to destroy entirely the power of the battery. etc. Electricity was therefore abandoned and the trick done in the same way that Psycho is run. But there was nothing else to do. but took and not only rode it in all sorts of astonishlittle Tom-o-Kitchi on her shoulders and juggled him about as though he were a doll capable of working like an automaton. that I 125 had forgotten to put in the flower. had perfect control of the ing ways. In the meantime the clock-work was fast running clown. July President of the 2. Kara. Press Sir: — As New York . that's a professional secret. and the skeleton wouldn't answer a single question. who was Mrs. York. We were playing in Java when the great earthquake took place there. in the manner of Psycho. and then brought in the flower in my handerchief and by a sleight-of-hand trick dropped it into the pot. The recent death of Mr. How is that? Oh. Cockerill. to be informed that so far back as 18S4.s to- day.
Y. Herrmann. Cockerill. I AROUND THE WORLD WITH A JUGGLER. on behalf of that organ- ization. Very respectfully yours. Academy feature of of Music recently. Press Club. . President N. You were a valuable the and the New York Press Club will ever hold your services in grateful remembrance. entertainment. desire to thank you. As President in of that Organisation. for the services rendered by you in connecat the tion with the benefit given by Prof.126 Club. John A. I take pleasure to the commending you (Signed) brethren throughout the country.
The Sul- tan in Constantinople. D'Alvini's Adver- Programme ORIENTAL AND Japanese Repkesentations OF D'ALVINI. and has obtained everywhere the unstinted praise and interest of his audience. His Majesty the Emperor Napoleon. Wherever the performances of Mr.: — CHAPTER D'ALVINFS XVI. Among others he has appeared at the following prominent places. D'Alvini have been produced they have received the highest encomiums and are acknowledged as being unequalled in their art. PROGRAMMES— BEFORE THE FOOTLIGHTS —BEHIND THE SCENES. The Duke of Edinburgh. at their of solicitation. The Viceroy of Egypt at Cairo. The Prince of Wales. . : of presenting his entertainments in the presence of The Mikado Japan. Who has had the honor. The Royal Family in Windsor Castle. is The tising following a copy of Mr. The Czar of Russia. The Shah Eddinof Persia.
Schuetzenhaus. V RUSSIA. Spain. Saegebuehl-Sall. 17 days. Eldorado. Leipsic. South London. FRANCE.128 AROUND THE WORLD WITH A JUGGLER. Britannia Theatre. Africa.. LONDON MUSIC HALLS. Boyal. 7 Months. Victoria Theatre.. Circus grand Months. Evans Supper. Petersburg. 6 weeks. Globe Theatre. South Palace. Vienna. Victoria-Salon. Metropolitan. ENGAGEMENTS IN GERMANY.Hamburg. 3 Months. 2 Moscow. Sun Knightsbridge. Munich. 10 days. I have also performed in Japan. Folies Bergeres. . Ire- land and Wales. Alhambra Theatre. South and Central America. Dresden. Paris. 1 Month. Grecian Theatre. London Pavilion. 9 months. Lusbays. The Indies. ENGLAND. Kils Kollosseum. 3 MonthsCiniselli. Boyal Aquarium. Danzer's Orpheum. Cambridge. Crystal Palace. London : Aquarium Theatre. . And in all of the cities of England. Circus grand Ciniselli. St. 7 Months. Berlin. Oxford Pavilion. North. Breslau. Walhalla Theatre. Alexander Palace. Scotland. Cirque d' Ete. AUSTRIA.
Kitchi. Feats of Juggling.. D'Alvini's shoulder. 3. most of effective Keal Oriental audience Mr. Japanese Contortion. balls. by Xon plus production of feat it Mr.. D'Alvini. Tea Box. D'Alvini's feet. Nepom ultra. D'Alvini's Programme. Balls. Plates. more than 20 2. original effects.d'alvini's programmes. Losick Original Pom. 6. and a rabbit larger than the box number itself. Grand balancing blocks. D'Alvini. of practice by a skillful performer neces- sary to produce this Jewel of Juggling Feats. 7. Chinese Breaking Ladder. D'Alvini. Tommy the Wolf.) 1. 600 yards ribbon. etc. 8.. Transformation Scene. a of handkerchiefs. The Japanese magical feat Conjuring. D'Alvini in view puts together a small square box composed of five parts. By Tom-O'Kitchi while balanced on Mr. 5. etc. 129* Mr. D'Alvini. The of Mr. . ese boxes by On a pyramid of Japan- Tom O'Kitchi. or 4. flags. (All feats are produced in the Japanese national costume. Comical Juggling Act. Bamboo> Tschisei Volante. by Mr. exe- cuted by Tom-O'Kitchi while balanced on Mr. large of and immediately produces from it. nothing like with square wooden Years ever produced. using Bottles. presented by Mr. Bullets. Exercises on the Suspended Bamboo.
a number of candles. Persian produc- tion of flowers. swords. Balancing Pyramid of Walking Sticks and Filled Mr. Mr. all imaginable ar- 18. Indian Magical feat. jects. Tom-O'Kitchi D'Alvini wire. NOVEL. &c. 16. AROUND THE WORLD WITH A JUGGLER. D'Alob- 11. vini. 14. 10. Lamp Pyramid. glasses. D'Alvini. BALANCING FEATS OF D'ALVINI. &c. D'Alvini will further execute more Glasses. Bamboo Perch by Tom-O'Kitchi D'Alvini bal anced on shoulders of Mr. 13. Using fifty itself. 12. D'Alvini will produce over 60 yards of ribbons. Balancing Pyramid of Bottles and Glasses. . Its like balancing act on the not seen before. The Flying Stars. than 30 balancing feats with ticles. by s Mr. cards. D'Alvini and Tom-O'Kitchi D'Alvini. Balancing Pyramid of Chinese Cups. each article balanced on plates. NEW. 17. 12 lighted petroleum lamps and two plates balanced on a chair. Balancing Pyramid of Swords and Doves. Mr. SENSATIONAL. bottles. concluding with a fine dis- play of fire-works and the instantaneous appear- ance of a large open umbrella. favorite of the Shah. From a small piece of tissue paper burned to ashes. 15. different each feat complete in revolvers. Japanese Mysteries. The Shah's Flower Garden.130 9.
doves.d'alvini's programmes. 131 1 9. and Tom-O'Kitchi appears in the portfolio. birds in large in conclusion cages. . 20. Tight Hope Ascension. Comical Juggling Act with large elastic 23. &c. Extraordinary feat of juggling with three loaded revolvers. bags. Expert Juggling with Glass. Juggling with three fans and three 22. eggs. Greeted with the greatest produced. and plate. Japanese Magical and Juggling Feats with umbrellas. then five baskets with Juggling with three balls on a Jap- anese violin bow. large table produces from ladies' bonnets. D'Alvini. Expert balls. hats. D'Alvini's programme consists of 150 The following scenes. canary. on an ordinary shopping trunks. four rabbits. Specialfeat of Mr. dome over 150 Album. not introduced by any other juggler. and after placing it. Egg. 24. differ- Mr. D'Alvini's Extraordinary ' Sensation. live ducks. Chinese Oracle or the disap live pearance and reappearance of a ent feats. bouquets. fowls. 21. executed by Tom-0'Kitchi D'Alvini walking to the up the rope from the stage feet. butterflies. &C. D'Alvini shows an it empty. 25. is the exactly as written programme he used behind the by himself for his own guidance. plates. flower-pots. folio applause everywhere artist's port- Mr. Very ball.
21. 4. Top box. 27. Hand and plates. Six Baskets. 19. Small Screen on the feet. New Umbrella Spinning. Eight lamps on chair balancing. 23. glass. Card and Sword balancing. 6. 15. Special Number. plate. Bamboo Shoulder Balancing. 14. Water Small Trick. Pipes and Pigeons balancing. Three balls up the string. 9. Eight glass bottles. Special Number. Throwing ball. 3. —passing under the arm. bottle and glass. plate and plate balancing. 25. Sword and Saber. Top and String. 16. Paper hat. 24. Special Number. The bottle dislocation. sword and Large elastic ball. 17. 10. Sword and dove balancing. 26. 13. 12. Tassel Trick. Bottle and plate. bottle. 18. 11. Breaking Ladder. 1. 29. 30. Large dish and stick. stick 7. Special Number. 28. Bottle and Stick. . Sword. "JAP OF JAPS" JUGGLING PROGRAMME. and lamp balancing. Top and Sword. Umbrella Spinning. Juggling basket. 22. 20. ball. Wolf Screen. 2.132 AROUND THE WORLD WITH A JUGGLER. 5. 8.
35. 38. tube. wood on the edge of two 45.d'alvini's programmes. Breaking a stick glasses. Cigar box and glass. 52. 34. 44. hat on stick. Spinning bottle on point of sword with plate on top. Egg. 50. Plate. 42. 1. Balancing pocket handkerchief. Two corks. 48. stick. Egg Stick. in bowls. 43. 56. Spinning bowls and basins on boards. bottle Plate. 51. Large top and small tops spinning. 33. hat and cigar. Cigaret paper balancing on hat. Handkerchief spinning with Butterfly fanning. Plate and pipes. . Revolver Juggling. Candle and Candle stick juggling. 46. 36. Money spinning Serpent trick. 53. Two knob 37. 40. bottle. 133 31. Tom O'Kitchi. 32. Juggling cannon ball. 39. 54. Large glass and plate. 47. Whip and two plates. and stick. swinging balls with boy holding cards and stick juggling. 49. Juggling two billiard balls and SPECIAL ILLUSIONS. 55. of egg and plate. Spinning tall 41 . glass and sword. Stick and glass swinging. Ghost Show.
Catching the egg in the mouth with handkerchief. 3. . 9. CONJURING NUMBERS OF MISS KARA AND 1. Shooting bird from box 11. 3. Panorama. 12. Flower from the rabbit. . High Wire Walking Act by Tom O'Kitehi. 5. Shadow Pantomime. vases passing one to the other. Bending Act by Tom O'Kitehi. 11. Tom O'Kitehi. Taking three blocks strings. 8. Bamboo Swinging. 5. 10. Bibbon box with rabbits. off of two 10. hat. 6. cloves. Dancing Skeleton on Table. Pantomime Diablo Kara. 4. Flower vase clock work. Jap and Tom. Kara. Flower Vase. Flying bird cage with canary. Necromancy Turning Tables — — Miss Kara. 6. 14.134 2. AROUND THE WORLD WITH A JUGGLER. Egg and handkerchief and same. Jam-pot with ribbons and bouquets. Cabinet Kope-tying by Miss Kara. Slate writing with two slates. box with boy. 2. glass passing the 13. Bicycle Act by Miss Kara. Kara. Bird cage. 7-. 8. of wood and coat to cage. Fire-works tiick. Dove and bouquet with hat. paper and cage of 4. vase of flowers and 12. Dissolving Views. 7. 9.
Dove pan. Money catching cage in the hat. Card on point of sword. 20. Album Bottles D'Alvini's. 26. Dove and Rings rings in bottle shot from a pistol. glass box. 25. passing same from IS. Vanishing lady. Gloves. 27. made large and small. 20. Candle and handkerchief. of all nations. and handkerchiefs. white. S2. Flying handkerchiefs from bottles. Kara. Indian box with Miss Kara. with printed card and afterwards passed to the center of an egg in center of a ring. The raising cards from with stick.d'alvini's programmes. large and small. Kara. Passing ink and water. Japanese box with boy. 39. of produced from a vase flowers. 37. and candle stick passing. 24. 22. 30. 19. 40. Passing cages and pigeon from box to box. Magic Bird stick. Tying handkerchiefs. • 36. Watch in loaf of bread. 34. 23. . 35. 21. 135' 15. 33. Billiard balls trick. Oranges and money passing. Cutting handkerchief with Bottle money in center. 28. 17. — joining. Flags paper. 31. tied to chair 38. Borrowed handkerchiefs. 16.
cigarettes. of A newspaper. A card chosen by the the card company and afterwards from pack to figure placed in the table. 43. rise after- from 42. pack. Three cards chosen by the public and wards placed in the pack and made to the same. Money . 51. The cover of parasol takes place of handkerchiefs. of handkerchiefs and find them in a box placed in the public. A book shown with blank leaves. up in a paper. 46. — three paper covers. and handkerchiefs are Now burn pieces found on parasol frame. and parasol produced from a sheet 47. Passing wine from bottle to two glasses. after- wards containing drawings 50. The two handkerchiefs 48. many yards of and afterwards paper and then a large trick. 44. 49. and a pedestal placed on flying on pedestal. of and kinds. many Paper eating with producing candle. Eggs produced from a borrowed handkerchief. Then take a bird cage in cloth and vanish it. candle lighted by passing the hand over it. Multiplying money. 45. . Lady's parasol trick. AROUND THE WORLD WITH A JUGGLER. Eibbons from an orange. A box shown empty and placed on the table.136 41. Parasol wrapped torn and wrapped in a paper. The box produces balls and then the bird cage.
CHAPTER [By Dr. I felt as if I was living in a land of dreams. I my seat I felt when I saw the first As soon as the doors were and waited a full hour for the moment when the curtain would rise in front of this of wonders. dollars to pockethandkerchiefs. Now books without number from the cheap "sell" of a ten cent pamphlet. XVII. PSYCHOLOGY OF THE ART OF CONJURING. Max Dessoir. not to the fact that the how is done. by H. And when the performance bewhen eggs changed to dollars. without regard tricks are kept most interesting secret of by the adepts or only revealed in consideration price. Burlingame] I still remember how took magical performance. with special reference to the feats of mediums. only say in what But it all these books the trick consists. far away from the earth. offer to initiate teries of the black art. and empty boxes held numerous presents. J. If you . you into the mysand diwith but few exceptions. an extra high Apparatus and explanations of do not reveal the "kernel" modern magic. rections. opened world gan. when bird cages disappeared in the air. to a finely bound and fully illustrated edition.
you know nothing.. but they retired to the villages. and work with cards. a dollar to disappear. . period belong the jugglers of the middle To a second ages and is done from the modern times. they are received in society. the appear on the stage. Of course the jugglers did not disappear altogether. The history of jugglery forms an important part deception. We must first however introduce the reader to the society with whose doings we wish to make him acquainted. reaches from the beginning of the Egytian priesthood to the beginning of the middle ages. Followers of this seriously deceiving tendency are to be found in our days in the spiritualistic mediums. for they admit that everything in a natural way. coins.138 AROUND THE WORLD WITH A JUGGLER. and you will be deceived hundreds of times by this same trick and if you practice it exactly according to directions.What makes prestidigitation the art of deception. the chances are that you will have only mediocre success in performing it. handkerchiefs and other ordinary objects. The third period dates beginning of our century. To prove this fact and to analyze it theoretically is the task of this article. is not the technical outward appearance. know how a conjurer causes .. and had nothing to do with the better class . ulties The ingenious use of certain soul fac- weighs incomparably heavier than all dexterity and machinery. but the psychological kernel. in the long history of human The first period in which the production of seemingly impossible occurrences makes a claim to higher powers. conjurers For the first time. they exclude all jugglerism from their pro- grammes.
tinues "I had promised to take away and meta: . going by wagon and using a portable stage.PSYCHOLOGY OF THE ART OF CONJURING. Only occasionalwas such a nomad heard from. All of his illusions. to which belonged also Olivier. Comus. meant for small audiences. he would assure his audience he was going to steal all the ladies present. from Jules de Eovere. making the execution of the trick im- possible. the '20s. Chalons. the gentlemen were a little frightened and somewhat amused. Aclrien pere. Pre jean. he waves his hands in the air and produces a quantity He conof the most beautiful roses out of nothing. He belonged to the masters of that old school. he did most extraordinary things with rare taste and great amiability. For instance. and called themselves physiciem The name of prestidigitateur comes or escamoteurs. of ly 131) their professional brothers. The most important was undoubtedly Comte. who travelled through Europe in. The solution of the riddle was that tho rough fellow would invite a volunteer from the audience and having secured one. One of them was Signor Castelli. A Frenchman from head to foot. Comte reassures them that he will do it to their satisfaction. carry the impress of finest humor. Courtois and Comte. Brazy. would begin by biting his neck which caused the subject to retire precipitately. not to mention Lichteuberg's famous Pinetti. The conjurers of the better class were mostly French or Italian. He attracted great attention by announcing his intention of devouring a living person at each performance.
jeweler's window a very valuable watch. all morphose you Tell these ladies. by adverse circumstances. you make blush with jealgirl In front of another pretty he changes the rose into an ace of hearts. mirable boldness. form? to give I In metamorphosing do I not offer the copy to the model Don't I take you away the you back to yourselves? succeed ?" . progress in the development of the art was made by Philippe and Torrini. He was an Italian nobleman who had." An important are told about Comte by the hundred. and the gaJlant wizplace your hand right ? on your heart. which was said to be the only one in existence like the celebrat- ed watch of the Cardinal X. you might have them all. arrived the This one had but just After Torrini day before from Paris. been driven to take the career of a conjurer. it was necessary. me gentlemen. for though you have only one Such gallantries heart. he was invited to give a performance before The day before." is among them "Here. and once while staying in Home. he happened to see in a the pope. .140 AROUND THE WORLD WITH A JUGGLER. could I select a more ? graceful and pleasant all to roses. madam. ard says : "Will you please. His piquet trick stands alone In other respects he also showed adof its kind. you have only one heart ? Am I not I beg your pardon for this indiscreet question. ousy. The latter especially possessed such extraordinary dexterity in handling cards and such an incredible boldness of execution that the audience was involuntarily carried away to admiration without suspicion. did a rose not Then he begins to divide flowers mademoiselle.
and made watchmaker promise to keep silent about the matter. "Very well. never repented this expensive but original advertise- ment. with evident reluctance. At the close of his performance he asked for any very costly object. making some mysterious motions. . The cardinal announced with a trembling voice that his watch had not been exchanged." The pope immediately felt in his pocket with signs of in- credulity and blushing with excitement took the watch from his pocket. which if possible was the only one At the pope's order and of its kind in the world.PSYCHOLOGY OF THE ART OF CONJURING. continued Torrini. In reality the watch had been dethe stroyed. 141 had ascertained that the cardinal would be present at the performance he bought the chronometer for the respectable sum of twelve hundred francs. everybody pointed to Pius VII. pounded the beautiful piece of mechanism into a thousand atoms. or might burn his fingers with the mysterious thing.as quietness w as re7 stored. to slip the He used this moment of general excitement genuine watch unobserved into the pocket robe. which he handed to the cardinal in a great hurry as if he was afraid of it. Torrini asked the audience to name a person who was him. as he could recognize it in the pieces. the cardinal handed his watch Torrini took a mortar and pestle and to the artist. I want to reproduce the watch and it shall be found in the pocket of His Holiness. sure not to be in secret understanding with As he expected. of the pope's As soon. to the horror of the audience. One can imagTorrini ine what a sensation this caused in Borne.
" vanity to boast of The charm of this art does not lie in the power to surprise . On his mother's side he must be a direct descendant of the witch of Endor. if it orange in his hand. We see many amateurs who if have achieved good results foolish they only had not had the their ''dexterity. he must have had and count Faust's witch among his cousins. in a high degree the same quality as a He must believe left ence must The audihim when he says he holds an inspire confidence. is The word prestidigita- not well chosen. AROUND THE WORLD WITH A JUGGLER. the art to influence the spectator to such an extent that he could do anything before his eyes without its being noticed. and yet the chief help of the prestidigitateur lies in just this mood tion of the public. in order that the audience without exception willing to follow the intentions of the artist. on his father's side he must descend from the magician Merlin. conjurer must be able to show a varied pedigree. A good conjurer makes the skill- uninitiated believe that he does everything so fully and rapidly that you cannot be deceived. The capability is win at the start the sympathy of the public. It is not by dexterity alone that he accomplishes his wonders. cannot be acquired. The modern wizard for god-fathers Zornebogh and Sykorax must possess physician. even has passed long beto fore into his right hand. An expert must of course have a natcould ural talent for this second requirement of his profession.142 A. In other words he must be born to his profession. In reality however he makes the necessary motions with The j)erfection lies in great calmness and slowness.
He does not put his gloves in the pockets like ordinary beings. The from an aesthetic point of view much higher than the first. but in the capability of making him go home with the of is. take to conjuring without hesitation. the second phase first takes place without the being properly announced. must have that which is not given to everybody. 143 the spectator with ape like rapidity. The reason for this is that per- sons from the best circles of society. At last the spectator does not know how to get out of such a labyrinth of witchcraft. say . not ask for the needed dollar. if in the changing is of nobody noticed that the orange the whole trick fore the real conjurer first an orange into an apple object was really an Thereperfect repose of course a failure. and is in a frame of mind which makes T .PSYCHOLOGY OF THE ART OF CONJURING. feeling that he has spent an hour in a real world last effect wonders. has another reason. but rubs them away between his hands. but would never think of pro- ducing juggling tricks. some transformation. and raises prestidigitation above the level of jugglery. for instance in The caution for less haste The audience needs time to see If the movements and understand their meaning. of the nose of little devices which For instance he does but charms it out some stranger. Besides a presence which inspires confidence and an imposing address he must have the faculty to surround himself with a magical atmosphere in which the spectators believe the most incredible things possible and take the most simple as wonderful. In this direction lies the psychological importance of the practical many man generally uses.
Self con- the subjective condition of this psycho- logical foundation of the conjurer's art. in the natural result of the artificially underlying causes. No rules can be given but perhaps an example can explain what is required. Directions say : Take the dollar between the thumb and middle . results the of unpleasant sciousness is consciousness illusion.144 ABOUND THE WORLD WITH A JUGGLER. Then reason turns up and says It is impossible that a breath can transform an ace" of hearts into a jack of spades. and thought connections can be produced which are very favorable to The most important in the art of performing however is the language and the gestures. Let us take the success of the experiments. Only he who is convinced convinces. the conjurer's task an easy one. all The main lies secret of power to direct the thoughts of the audience into such a groove that a solution of the trick seems for the moment the presticligitateurs. From the moment he takes the cards in his hands the artist must believe firmly that he can do as he pleases. for instance the vanishing of a dollar. and from this logical : contradiction of two simultaneous ideas. Every expression must fall from his mouth as though it was a real magic sentence. In this way a comparatively simple trick can be used profitably as a pedagogic preparation for a greater wonder. The public must think the card has-been transformed by a breath. Much depends on the skillful grouping of the trick. in this way following the train of thoughts which has been suggested by the conjurer in all possible ways. and his own false assertions must seem truth to himself. however.
In reality he gives every one the impression that a thing which makes so noise much cannot disappear noiselessly. This trick is so convincing that you would be willing to swear the right hand held the coin. the position of the fingers adapts them naturally to this supposition. were and takes hold of the dollar. then you open it and show it empty to the audience against their expectations.PSYCHOLOGY OF THE ART OF CONJURING. take hold of it seemingly hand which is then immediately closed. everything forces the spectator to follow this hanfl. effect an impression which increases the of the trick. pretend to take hold of it with One should see this simple trick performed by some first-class artist like Prof. looks closely at the right hand. the look in his eyes. away from the left hand. to prove as he says. while the two other fingers hold the coin which covered by the thumb. In the meantime the to two is first fingers of the left hand point the right hand. finger of the left 145 Land. The whole trick consists in dropping the dollar into the palm of the left hand where it remains concealed. the head bent forward. as the most important. Then the clear vibrating sound confuses the spectators to such a degree that they follow further developments in a sleepy condition. By such shading and par- . This is done with the right at the moment you hand. He takes the dollar and throws it repeatedly on the wooden table top. the whole body follows the movement. Kouclere. As soon as he has taken hold he moves his right hand sideways. He then takes the coin in his if it left hand. the right that it is a genuine dollar.
how the dollar will disappear from this hand." He opens the fingers wide. First practice. and apparently deeply interested in the phenomenon. and everybody makes up his mind to pay close attention. stage which can be learned from teachers and books. that there may be no difference between reality and illusion. straightens himself up. "see how the dollar grows smaller and smaller. in order to acquire it is the greatest naturalness better to practice in front of a mir- In doing so the conjurer must do really what he later on only pretends to do. which most important as far as the is concerned. and imitate them with great accuracy. possible Hence ror. by which they move gradually away from the palm of the hand. it has disappeared entiremelted away. then the whole. there. practice constantly. He makes little backward movements with the ringers. to it is strange!'' How can one be educated will become such a wizof all ard? the reader to the ask. First of all he must become accustomed to following with his eyes the hand which seems to hold the and motions of his . You go from This the simple tricks first more difficult ones by practicing first the sin- gle part. As soon as is ihe technical side of a trick is mastered to perfection the effect the student must turn to the dramatic. ly.146 ticularly AROUND THE WORLD WITH A JUGGLER. by the constant talking is of the artist the whole attention to see concentrated on the right hand. he says. and the sparkling eyes seem to say. contains but few psychologically important elements. ly the positions He must observe close- hands. "how queer that disappeared.
He had always admired in pianists the capability of looking over a large number of black dots . of their movements are almost the air.) i our art. From the of preceding we can see that touch and sight are the most important senses in the execution ic. object. he saw that this . A Japanese per- former juggled once four differently weighted balls in and at same time read aloud from an English paper. He is able to take from the top of a pack of cards.PSYCHOLOGY OF THE ART OF CONJURING. In researches in so-called Myology we have to had much do with jugglers. by placing his fingers at the ends of the cards. You ask for six cards. thirteen. thirty. It is a good plan to practice the juggler's art in order to learn the accommodation of motion. twenty-four. as of the it is 147 the surest in the audience means to draw the attention same direction. he takes the cards off and gives you exactly six. always the same for success. You ask for twenty. he must therefore calculate exactly what motions to make with his hands. What fabulous sensibility is necessary best these slight differences in height can be learned by trying the same experiment. Houclin gives important hints for the development of sight. though his eyes and attention were occupied in another direction. and must admit that the fine sensibility of these people for the slightest vacillation of balance and the adaptation incredible. Method- cultivation is the chief object of the studious prestidigitateur. he does the same. any number he wishes at one grasp. The French conjurer Cazeneuve possesses an equally wonderful sensibility of touch. without stopping to look at or count them himself.
away stopped and made notes of the objects* they had seen in that short time. At first they only saw four or five distinctly. After 12. four or five coins lying together. Houclin with his son perceptions to such Emil undertook to cultivate their a degree that they could calculate the ino stones which were taken at number of domrandom from a set.148 AROUND THE WORLD WITH A JUGGLER.around for half a minute in such a way that the boy could see them. if appreciative observation could be carried further based on Nearly intelligence of exercises all and memory. then father collected he was able to tell the number of objects and describe. daily walks through the streets together. in a few months they had carried it to thirty." Now-a-days we can easily explain this so-called Second Sight. Houdin was enabled to do most of his brilliant tricks. say twenty. normal persons can give the number of a five. and turns . jects Now some weeks' practice the maximum had reached he changed the experiments to include obFor this purpose they took of cliff erens kinds. With the help of this abnormal power of perception. among others the experiment called "Second Sight. the little one even sometimes to forty. . The objects. then walking after going a few steps. they looked in attentively. He began a series which can be explained in a few words. mostly Whether there increases a are three. one can see without thinking but as the little number reflection is necessary. few objects at a glance. which in the '40's and '50's attracted the attention of the whole civilized on a table a number of world. when they came to a show window filled with different articles.
PSYCHOLOGY OF THE ART OF CONJURING. It is a important thing for the artist to make the play of his hands quite independent of the motions . an attempt dupe him. two very very different things with the conjurer. and to examine the contents with It is the eagle eye of the former mechanic. This was specially used when the articles were wrapped up. is fingers must which work quite independently. astonin this ishing to hear that experiments were made way are almost wonders. his difficult to deceive than the edu- The former sees in every "tour" a mistrust in to intelligence. using the time to bore a little hoie in the wrap- ping paper with his thumb nail which he kept sharp for that purpose. In this case Houdin would draw the giver into a short conversation. tricks. profited by his studies in another This practicing had given him the faculty of following sim- ultaneously two different ideas or things. The form a mechanism for themselves. The practiced artist fails in The facility of execution is the only thing that depends in a certain way on the public. The ignorant are more cated. So armed he never will be his invincible. 149 them. against which he fights with all his might. Only then the conjurer able to ob- serve the faces of the spectators with sufficient care to avoid threatening dangers. and to perform the trick without moving the parts of the body not in use. while the latter gives himself up willingly to the illusion as he came . what is missing could be helped out by an in- genious code of signals. he would think of what he was doing and what he was saying.of his body. We are also told that he direction.
idea the blade always seen with and the flash of lightning always produces the expectation of a thunderbolt. . it has a ten- dency It is to return to consciousness as soon as A returns. (thoughtful mechanic ?) Modern psychology teaches that when representation A. though in in his hands. association and imitaare the The laws leading of representative reproduction points for the mechanic of consciousness.. I can feel with crossed is object. swore high all and ex- low that he had examined reality he eight rings. The of a knife handle awakens in you immediately the it. an illusion. But it is almost what naivete the best educated often disWe have seen a professor who when speaking purpose of being deceived. When fingers more than one round only one sphere. had held but two lies in The planation for this the two elementary functions . who has forgotten to fill the pitcher. where there only one I can only be convinced by seeing that I have The experience made a thousand double It is times that what in this case is felt also double produces happens sometimes when you are travelling that early in the morning you lift your water pitcher in such a manner that it almost flies up to the ceiling. or followed immediately. of our psychological organism tion. the reason is the carelessness of the chambermaid. sight then said that B is associated to A. has been simultaneous with repit resentation B. of the well known linking ring trick. incredible play.150 for the AROUND THE WORLD WITH A JUGGLER. The simplest type of deception consists in that certain expectations are not fulfilled by unusual outward circumstances.
from which is pistol. 151 The weight of the pitcher are associated together in a peculiar way. where the suppositions do not take place as in the first and second eases. lies in of the The taking and the taking of this box out of another box are two representations. and 3 out of 2. The psychologthe ingenious use of a box. he can easily take the last and smallest box from the ledge of the table in such a manner as if it came out of the next The observer is fully convinced of the largest box. he ing several borrowed rings fired at unlocks and opens it. which is then taken half a dozen others in the innermost of which Without stopping to explain the are found the rings. and the required exertion The read- er has surely already seen the puzzling trick of break- and loading them in a a box. that 2 truth by the reality of the first circumstances and never doubts that ical -i came out of 3.PSYCHOLOGY OF THE ART OF CONJURING. We have herein a new principle in conjuring. : In fact this rule is often followed in reality First. the throws a few dollars into the hat before . first part of this trick we shall examine the second part. It is first. in it is found a smaller box which lic is taken out. When the conjurer has shown to the pubcame out of 1. The spectator is led to first draw a logically correct con- clusion from two causes. opened and found to contain a third box. also in the third case. foundation of deception usual association. to really do that which you want the observer aitist really to believe you have done. The artist places a large box on the table. between which the cleverness of the conjurer has artificially drawn a close connection.
the conjurer -would open the hand immediately in it. he prevents the others by palming. but the orange this time is dropped on your lap and without a moment's hesitation the third throwing motion is made. waits one or two moments before he shows the hand open in order that the spectators get used to the thought that it holds the coin. before he slides the other four into his sleeve. The disappearing an orange in the air is a sit at classical illustration of this fact. right Suppose that a coin left left in the If hand passed seemingly into the left hand. he actually places one card on the of second pack. You the head of a table. and there is no apparatus as in the trick with the Everything depends on the subjective condiboxes. Some orange disappear in the In is small tricks are to be understood in the sense of psychological measures. it throw an orange about two so. Nine-tenths of the public see the air.152 AROUND THE WORLD WITH A JUGGLER. catch with one hand and drop this hand below the table top as you do the hand goes orange is again thrown up. and if he rubs the palm of the left hand gently with the right hand. it is again caught and again down below the table for a third throw. and show that the coin was not the spectator would easily find the proper explanation. from following their predecessors . he not only gives the latter a proper occupation but also . structive experiment there this simple and inno covering as in the trick of passing the coins into a hat mentioned above. tions of deception not oia any outward means. and this time about 4 feet. the feet high. namely that But if he the dollar never passed into the left hand.
The spectator knows in the abstract very well that the rubbing of the palm with the fingers of the other hand is no adequate reason for hand is in cause of the disappearance of the coin.PSYCHOLOGY •gives 01' THE ART OF CONJURING. because he in sure that little attention to watch and pocketbook. Suppose the case that the conjurer puts a certain card in a certain place in the pack necessary for the trick without the spectator being aware believe of it. Just so the conjurer never reveals in advance the full nature of a trick. the The really senseless "ruffling" of cards works in same way. This last trick can be counted those belonging to the category of diversion of attention. main object. but as the disappear- ance is beyond a doubt. 153 the spectators an impression that the mysteriof the right ous movement some way the One must •experience how such trifles can deceive sharp and competent observers. that the spec. . By awakening interest for some unimit portant detail the conjurer concentrates the attention on some false point. such places people pay tator may not know where to center his attention. the mind involuntarily ac- cepts the explanations offered indirectly. The pickpocket is psychologist enough to select theatres and exhibitions for the field of his exploits. First he shows that everything is in its proper place. the disappearance of the coin. diverts all from the is know the senses of an inat- person are pretty dull. and we tentive or negatively. he ruffles the cards and most spectators that the will transposition took place in that moment and among understand less about the trick than they would otherwise.
not at three.154 AROUND THE WORLD WITH A JUGGLER. or leads everything back to a favorite performance. as for instance. If he looks pensively at the ceiling. we feel a tickling in the corners of our mouth.we see him laugh. We are If inclined to imitate all actions we have witnessed. the object must really When disappear before three. they do not notice what happens at one or two. A specially successful method of diversion is founded on the human craze for imitation. He cannot imagine means and that the conjurer works with such simple such boldness. because the attention of the public being directed to three. three. we see somebody yawn. the disappearing of the object in practice. we yawn also. The French conjurer Decremps gave a similar rule. if . the heads of all present turn with an audible . up the coat sleeve. if we see him turn around we have the same The conwish. He looks for the most complicated hypothesis. and does everything himself which he wants the public to do. if he look upwards we do the same. men of deep re- search can be so blind to what takes place before The course of thought of the unitiatecl never goes the natural way. causing the disappearance of some object the conjurer counts one. jurer counts on this in many cases. He always looks in the direction where he wants the attention of the public. Personally we have often wondered at our own unpretentious performances before friends how their eyes. two. which is very seldom used But no matter what he does it will ' always be possible to divert him for the that the coup can be moment so made unnoticed.
fined itself till Psycho-Physics has con- now to the lower psychical functions . The relations to scientific psychology are numerous and varied.PSYCHOLOGY OF THE ART OF CONJURING. and it is a funny sight during this to see how the fingers exchange cards quietly or perform some other manipulations. On the contrary the conjurer holds the pack quietly and after a short pause asks the one who drew the card sure you will as he begins to speak everybody will "You are recognize the card again?" As soon : involuntarily the pass" in look at his face and he can then "make Every sharp short remark will for a moment at least divert the eyes from the handsand direct them to the mouth. 155 movement upwards.to the top of the pack that has been placed in the middle of the pack. the series of experiments by Let us look at a Houdin which treated on momentary perception and counting of different These objects deserve attention because objects. Naturally it would be wrong skillful to make the necessary movement as soon as he has the card. Enough of the results of theoretical research for of the practice magic. great number of tricks he must bring a card. in the left If the trick is hand the conjurer turns sharply to the person to his right presuming correctly that the spectators will make the same movement and will In a not notice what is going on in the left hand. because even the quickest and most execution would be noticed by the spectators. according to the above mentioned law of imitation. an easy manner. they show a new way to class the higher actions of the soul-life numeratively.
Mr. searcher examines This how many words after or syllables a person further can remember. number a is description of the object asked the task complicated in a way which makes the solution much more difficult. how often he must repeat a certain number of words to know them. in other treats of that peculiar faculty of developed beings which can be called un- conscious counting. of It giving the number of objects after looking at them once without any conscious words it addition. A lady who can scarcely remember four equal objects at once can describe accurately the toilet of a lady who passed her in a carriage. Ebbinghaus some years ago began put down complicated processes in numbers. possibility to put the mystery of our inner life in which deserves consideration. According to the Preyer and others. motions or judgto of the senses with the reaction in ments. The trick to make an orange disappear in the air. the limit of a momentary calculation lies between 5 and 6. and that would correspond This with the limit beyond which we cannot remember one syllable words by hearing them only once. Then the "interest" comes into play. jurer and to French conthe occasional communications of Mr. able to do but Therefore the psychologist will be little with Houdin's second series.156 ABOUND THE WORLD WITH A JUGGLER. what practice has acquired faculty The same thought treats of the slowly underlies Houdin's series. numbers and When is besides the for. how often he must repeat the same process after a few hours or a few days and to do with it. hearing them once. shows a new dates. .
the senses made by the motion is sufficient to pro- duce the repeated picture of the associated object. outwardly induced per- ceptions. especially ination. We mention the peculiar persons artificial fact that even in quite normal representations of can be produced which have the character bring them forth. but only a motion. there be found in the realm are enough hallucinations. and secondly There is no object there is no outward attraction. but sciousness. We have to deal with an illusion. see something A positive hallucination exist. and in this of way momentary condition which negative soul-blindness is produced in . the subjective interpolating of a given object of perception.PSYCHOLOGY OF THE. ART OF CONJURING. flying up as substitute for the false conception of the But the impression on orange. tally Men- and physically healthy persons have illusions. makes you which does not is a negative causes you to see where there something. Who has not happened to look for an object which was right before his eyes? senses exists. is The impression on the not taken into cona received. when fear or other effects excite the imag- Those who understand hypnotism know all that the concentration of soul faculties on one effect certain effect will produce this subjectively. looks at first 157 to be a positive hallucination. to Whilst there negative are no positive hallucinations of deception. without there being anything' in reality to The apparition however requires first a preceding attraction of the senses which removes it from hallucinations and brings it near to the so-called perception of repetition.
hut of it does not touch We can. lie is consists in that the spectator choosing one himself. makes the pass. or by -the moving of it forward at the reach for moment when it.go further yet in citing analogies between the psychology hypnotism and of prestidigitation than Moll has contribution of free ^one. so of cards for is that even those who see the hands are not able to explain the transactions. rectly that how to attract the attention by adroit speeches. the sense excited. The well known from a pack and to 7 will mention a for the compression trick of having a card drawn correctly name the card imbelieves mediately. those which we do not seize haphazard any card but some known law prescribes for us. fingers the person There is probably no better illustration for the determination of all of our actions . instance is seen by the spectator. In conclusion we which magic gives us w ill. .158 ABOUND THE WOELD WITH A JUGGLEE. hallucinations are possible." Look at the conjurer's hands and pay close attention. and how he exchanges cards right before the eyes of the spectators. and in playing the cards of the game •select of life. The exchange consciousness. ^mostly by putting the card to be selected in an easy place. The conjurer however knows atically for his purposes. while the conjurer con- fines the will and forces it into a certain direction. Moll says very cor"the perception of objects can be prevented in hypnotized people by suggestion. and you will see how he conceals objects. artificially The conjurer produces such abstractions and uses them system- Mr.
: PSYCHOLOGY OF THE ART OF CONJURING. It always succumbs to feeling and humors. Side by side with the fanatics of the spirit belief are many who consider it their duty to examine in an unprejudiced phenomena. religion and philosophy masses support enough life. the fire of therefore be useless to throw a few drops of water into psychological epidemic. terialistic desert spiritualism in the : armour of exact science steps in and says I will prove to you. that it there is a life after death. and that a social at all times stir takes the place of the seeds of those beliefs which have existed and with all nations is ? The circumspect science streams. mind all remarkable reports and all For those only are meant the following . number of the followers of the of new doc- and by the number scholars who persist in all the defence of mediumistic facts notwithstanding exposures. "Spiritualism is 159 magic. Can be wondered at in that such experimental ethics find a loud echo thoughtful people." those planation made by You often hear this exwho do not know. and a to number thing is of harmless fellows try demonstrations. itualism powerless against such He who believes with all his heart in spirlogic will cannot be convinced by reasoning." prove it by "antiof spiritualistic The kernel is the not reached thereby as proved by the ever increasing trine. to gain clear- ness about the problem of ical Still the metaphys- need of all deeper minds drives them over the ma. The principal reason seems do not offer the to be the following In our age of natural science.
while he only had . but only what certain persons believe to have experienced. acquired by constant practice such a perfection in the well known slate writing. lieves to A person sees an orange disappear in the . We words : owe our knowledge of mecliumistic apparitions almost without exception to written reports. There air. that he gave successful performances before numerous people. is a great difference between the two. He never from the told the guests that he spirits. he let everyAfter the seance. according to his own free fingers. one think whatever he pleased. sort of application of the foregoing ex- remarks as a planations. nor that it had communications was magic. When It is later on he describes these tricks to a third person the latter considers hensible. them incompre- extremely naive when the reporters maintain to render exactly the objective transactions in describing their subjective observations. This gentleman who ciety for Psychical is a member of the London So- Eesearch and was a prestidigitateur from inclination. two in his hands he believes to have drawn a card will. Davey requested those present to send him on the following day their . Davy's experiments are a proof of the reverse. as we have seen. In other we never know what has happened somewhere. without being able to explain the wonder he be have examined eight rings. Mr. he believes to ally while it while it was put in his have held an object continu- was in quite a different place for some minutes. which was given free of charge.160 AROUND THE WORLD WITH A JUGGLER.
correct quotations at from books which had been chosen random by other witnesses. Second : he confuses two like ideas he in. 1 <J L He published the letters re- ceived which sound so extraordinary that one could believe in secret forces. sometimes only in thought. Davey. impressions in writing. later In his opinion he examined the slates last . it when superficially or without knowl- edge of the main points. says he has examined the slates thoroughly reality he only did.. to believe to First : the observer interpolates a fact which did not occur. when in fact . The sources from which come such exaggerated reports can be classed in four groups. PSYCHOLOGY OF THE ART OF CONJURING. namely. much than he really did. he imagines he has examined the slate. none of saw the most interesting phenomenon. writing on slates which were pressed ta- by the witnesses against the lower surface of the ble or held by them near the table . Fourth and he overlooks certain details which he has been . the writing of Mr. Writing on slates which were closed and kept carefully secluded . Third : the witness changes the order of events according to a very easy deception of memory. T Although self-writing pieces heard and moving pieces the spectators of of slate pencil were chalk were seen. when the books were not even touched by the medium and the slates carefully w atched messages in different languages unknown to the medium. but which he has been forced he has not. have occurred. answers to ques- tions which were written secretly in double slates.
difficult to describe how much more ter of an event which bears the characthe inexplicable and which by its skipping ap- pearance makes a constant observation almost impossible. medium is specially careful to leave the audience in doubt as to the inter- pretation of what has been seen and heard and this psychical condition of the spectators holds the key for many otherwise inexplicable events. by which the trick was made possible. How difficult it is to write in unobjectionable com- pleteness an every day occurrence. It is easy to understand how expectancy. Added capable of seeing through the modus operandi who know that magic is at work. The same form which is recognized by a spectator . Davey has proved by experiments that of equally able spectators. Mr. You cannot remember everything much less write it down. every accidental touch for the manifestation from higher spheres. physical explanation on one side and on the He infects others with his excitement and his turn influ- enced by them. purposely told were of no consequence.162 ABOUND THE WORLD WITH A JUGGLER. he does not mention that the medium asked him once to close the window. the charm of mystery and the crude illusions to the most sacred affairs of the heart (by citing dead relations) must excite the nerves and imBesides the pair the sharp eye. every light reflection for a spirit form. most people go to the seances expecting wonders. those are better to this. Every rustling passes for a rap. other creates wonders The spectator overlooks the out of nothing. is in natural.
" what he ex"papa. Common man who is sense alone does not entitle a person to fetters. This standpoint is as childish as when a layman expresses himself on the genuineness on the nature of a of the seal of the middle-ages or nervous affection. 163 m cold blood as the skillfully draped figure of the is medium. Most people imagine that they can go unprepared to a spiritualistic seance and pass a correct opinion on the existence or non-existence of prestidigitation. and what touches his interests most closely. he lacks certain knowledge without which is impossible to judge rightly. Create a belief and the facts will come of "little sees themselves. like the Papuan who suspects a spirit be- hind every cannon-ball. the spiritualist sees in the fact a sign of supernatural influence. judge competently of the safety of only the familiar with the technic of knots and the different ways of tying can express an opinion. Let us explain this with an example." Rob. When an object disappears or changes its place. The conjurer often uses the trick to make an oc- . taken by the audience asthe faithful image persons of different who in their lifetime had no re- semblance whatever." Everybody pects to see.PSYCHOLOGY OF THE ART OF CONJURING. An American naturalist tells us he had to put his hands to his head when he heard the same puppet addressed as "grandmother. Because he does not know it powder." "my sweet Betty. requires technical knowledge. To decide whether a closure is right or not.
the table. the vague character of his communications. and other nice things. Monk's program was to put a it musical box on the table. it currence of greater importance by referring heterogeneal bearer. played by invisible hands can be explained in the same way. A and ness great advantage for the deceiving medium lies in the fact that he at makes "conditions for his success. which concealed by the wide trousers was carried above the knee and set in motion by being pressed against the a trick." consists in that a the pocket makes the sound and the manipulations? with the watch are only made apparently. audience or on the is We hear that it half. Those who do not know this. will hardly think that theharmonica of Monk and Home. the limitation of the spectators to two- ." In reality the sounds pro- ceeded from a musical box.dark'positive. Sidgwick. General explanation: "Spirits. his position to which always allows him manipulate the slate with his right hand. the wife of the well known Cambridge professor of philosophy and president of the Society for Psychical that we Kesearch counts five reasons for doubt in Slade's per- formances : his efforts to divert attention. velopment. to a The trick to little make "any watch watch carried in a repeater." the worst gets the blame of a failure on the spirits. : Here also the simpler the old psychological rule proves true harder it is to find it out.164 AROUND THE WORLD WITH A JUGGLER.' very advantageous. to cover with a cigar box and to make it play and stop as desired. A constant number in Dr. because is must never look where something is in its deMrs.
To the accomplished magician and conjurer of it is comparatively easy to explain the smallest fractions spiritualistic experiences through the psychology of magic. diametrically opposite to that of Dr. I mean to say that they can be traced use of to deceitful manipulations. Dessoir. spiritualistic . with the genuine conjurer's craftiness. servation of She might have added. that according to the obSeybert's commission Slade and other mediums. pressing In reaching this conclusion. and to the known means. perform the tricks before they announce what is going to happen.PSYCHOLOGY OF THE ART OF CONJURING. or three and the 105 way he places them. I am in not only ex- my own many opinion but also that of years experience many per- sons of circles. which excludes all possibility of their looking under the table.
BELLACHINI. German . and hence to use his own words "devoted himself to conjuring. which seems to be the lot of all conjurers. in Kussian Poland. 1828. He was the son of a hotel-keeper named Berlach. ttie most popular of modern was born on the 5th of May. because he soon stowed himself away . where he finally arrived after shipping as cabin-boy on a vessel from London. but he did not show much taste for this. His father at last finding he could do nothing with him in their little country village. According to what he himself said. Bellachini probably conjurers. at Ligotta." which he took up in a very adventurous manner. During the first thirty years of his life he led a nomadic existence passing through many adventures and visiting many countries.CHAPTER XVIII.00 and started him on the way to America. gave him $10. It seems the young adventurer was not pleased with America. he did not think much of school when he was a boy and it was a hard matter to keep him engaged for any length of time in any one occupation he tried to learn several trades and confesses he remained longer at the carpenter and joiner's trades than he did at anything else.
where he succeeded in making both fame and fortune. In Kalitsch he fortunately of a merchant to made the acquaintance who supplied him with sufficient outfit of means er purchase a proper conjuring appa- ratus. was during this vagabond existence that the nimble fingered young man developed the tricks. introducing his simple tricks at astonishment flock in of the simple mind- ed natives who always great numbers to these annual festivals. arriving there he at once started to walk the long distance to his sies It home. He commenced fairs to the intense his conjuring performances in a very modest manner. 167 on board a steam-ship bound for Lisbon. It was at this time that he formed the idea of becoming a professional conjurer. which he could give performances in highFrom this time on he made rapid prog- had laid by a handsome made. with On the whom way he fell in with a band of gyphe traveled about for a long time. with circles. . which in later years stood him in such good stead and conduced so much towards his success in the profession of which he became a master. "by nimble fingers alone without any visible apparatus. Under name he became known through entire Europe." He married the daughter of a very prominent physician and changed his common name of Berlach ress and all in a short time he sum. as he so frequently expressed. Although he made a few tours in foreign countries he into the this passed most of his time in Germany. high-sounding name of Bellachini.BELLACHINI.
to he asked. spiritualists in Berlin who called him in as an expert to witness their tests. to secure from him a statement that such things could not be accomplished by conjuring. He confined himself strictly to Magical perform- ances. always investing in the latest •and apparatus. But a few years later it was shown that these spiritualistic feats were nothing else than clever conjuring. known how he came to be ap- pointed Court Performer he was giving a perforin- . so often introduced by English and American conjurers. and although he made a success with the tricks he purchased and used. for instance. of his trick. "if anyone present happened have a clean handkerchief?" nobody could take offense at his manner. and wide for charity. Princess' and high dignitaries. His manner was exceedingly jovial and he far was known juring.168 AROUND THE WORLD WITH A JUGGLER. which relate related that while giving a performance in a palin the presence of ace Counts. there were many tricks which when first shown to him he It was therefore easy for some could not fathom. but on the contrary looked at it as a It is humorous accompaniment generally well . Hundreds of it is of anecdotes are told about him. and thoroughly understood how to enliven interest in the Art of Con- which he brought all to the front and made ex- ceedingly popular in circles. most to his peculiar language. and best any tricks He ualistic neither knew nor made use of anti-spirit- tricks. received He many decorations and was highly honored.
especially what he has written. that he was unable to execute his best effects and in 1883 he lost his favorite son. in showing the Emperor several handed the Emto write the words. whose death was caused by the preof a pistol. apparently awaiting his stage a commands. the Royal Palace after Emperor William the 1st. however. whereupon is. mature explosion idly after this Beilachini failed rapfinal stroke that and soon suffered the on the 25th of carried him is off quickly. January 1885. A very attractive number in a magicians pro- gramme any comical trick with eggs ing description of Bellachini's and the followfamous egg trick will no doubt prove interesting to the reader."* Beilachini suffered an attack of apoplexy in 1882. from which he soon recovered and said in a joking manner. In the best days of Bellachini's -professional career he introduced this trick every evening in his programme of Bellachini's and always created much amusement with it." which the Emperor did. this time the pen obeyed. finally Beilachini would cause an egg to disappear only to reappear in the mouth of this as- ." the Emperor tried to pen refused to do its duty.BELLACHINI." This attack. but the knows nothing. Beilachini said: "Write. so weakened his hands. Beilachini Court Artist. a nee in 109 the presence of . Beilachini peror a pen and requested him "Bella cliini write. One assistants stood near the back of the little to one side. that ho had "conjured the pain away. and the Emperor added smiling: "A German Emperor always keeps his word. tricks in Bleight of hand.
this was a necessary precaution. show both hands empty. he might find it necessary to cough or might laugh at some trick of Bellachini's if which would be a danger- ous thing to do should he had a fresh egg in his mouth ' such a catastrophe occur he could at once had caused an egg to disappear at the end of some trick he would walk ever to his assistant to find the missing egg in swallow the boiled egg. 170 sistant. because having to hold the egg for some time in his mouth. Meantime Bellachini had taken with his right hand an egg from the assistants hand and just at the moment when he opened his mouth to show the egg. thus appar- from the assistants mouth.. the latter would strike or press at the at once allow the boiled egg to slip back into his mouth and Bellachini would shove the egg concealed in his hand a slight distance into the mouth of assistant. AROUND THE WORLD WITH A JUGGLER. Bellachini his When mouth. Bellachini would bring his right hand holding the palmed egg directly up in front of the assistants mouth. who seemed to be resting carelessly with both hands behind him. fresh eggs in each He however. and then repeat ently taking the egg the trick as many times. and taking a position at his side he would him on his stomach with the left hand. as there were eggs in the . when the latter would open his mouth and allow the egg therein to protrude a little. held three hand and in his mouth was con- cealed a hard boiled egg from which the shell had been removed. same time pressing his right against the assistant's back. Placing the egg on a plate he would push up both sleeves. and at once open his hand.
looking then placing on the and would head and take from his mouth a black or brown egg. would walk on the other the stage bringing a plate upon which Bellachini would place the eggs produced from the the plate the colored at first assistants table mouth. Occasionally would turn the assistant around with his back to the audience to show that his hands. After producing an egg from first one and than the other "he would in •conclusion produce a black egg from the mouth of his first assistant and a white egg from the colored boys mouth. While a side of this was second assistant. of had nothing concealed in was previously understood and before being turned around the assistant would put whatever eggs he held in his hands in his coat-tail pockets and allow his hands to drop he course. for the latter to . press- ing on the stomach of the assistant. In this trick Bellachini has had many imitators. assistants 171 Bellachini hands. but very few have executed it with the skill and laugh-creating powers which he possessed. A comical feature of this egg production and one not yet adopted by American performers is. sharply strike assistant Bellachini him back of the while the professor is bending forward a little.BELLACHINI. this for a few moments at his side. as soon as he took the first position again he would immediately take the eggs out of his pockets to enable Bellachini to proceed with the trick going on Bellachini's as before. by thus changing about he would create much laughter and a great deal of amusement. colored boy.
liim on the back as of his head and then the comical grimaces as professor straightens up and produces an egg from his own mouth. . with many possible.172 strike AROUND THE WORLD WITH A JUGGLER. at the proper time a few secthis egg into his onds before he had smuggled own. mouth. Of course.
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