Harry Kellar and the Soda Bottle

Reading through old newspaper files you soon realize that people will always be people and newspapers tend to cater to their readers more earthy interests. Tabloid like news articles have not changed much over …

Richard Potter

Richard Potter (1783 to 1835) was one of the most successful and famous magicians in the first half of the nineteenth century. Stories about his exploits were still being told …

Miss Wyman

Female magicians are a rather rare breed even today. So think what it must have been like in the mid-1800’s. The earliest lady magician I have found performing in America …

Magicians in Rural Missouri

Recently found myself re-reading “Theatrical Entertainments in Rural Missouri before the Civil War” by Elbert Bowen, published in 1959. You can see how exciting a social life I have. Anyway, …