Updates to ‘Mystery in History’ stories:-
October 20, 2017 - Update to the story of Mr. Hall, with speculation that he may have performed in 1853 as ‘Signor Blitz’
October 5, 2017 - Lu Zeera, Circassian Lady Magician and Fire-Queen
September 23, 2017 - Joseph Gardiner, actor, magician, moralist and author
September 12, 2017 - Professor Horace Sidney and his short season at the site of Australia’s most historic theatre.
September 5, 2017 - Professor James Eagle, Wizard of the Gold Rushes of the 1850s.
August 26, 2017 - A brief tale of Mr. Testoo the Spanish Wizard at the Bendigo goldfields
August 12, 2017 - Professor Thomas Rea - Ventriloquism, Magic, Balloons and Scandal
July 14, 2017 - Mr. L. Charles, performing in 1860 some thirty years after he was last known in Europe.
July 12, 2017 - Sander, the Wizard of the East, 1857
July 11, 2017 - Professor Hennicke and Madame Stella, touring Australia and New Zealand 1866-1890. a.k.a Abda Shah
June 15, 2017 - Dr. Charles Meymott, visiting ship’s surgeon and gentleman conjurer, 1848-1858.
June 7, 2017 - Jack “Dante” Angus update, including confirmation that his father was from Britain, a probable birthdate in 1886, and a series of outrageous fabrications.
June 6, 2017 - Oscar “Dante” Eliason’s story further updated (chapters 1 and 2) with details of his early years pre-1893, and tour dates added for the period 1896-1897.
February 6, 2017 - W.C.Wainwright, briefly associated with Powell Courtier.
October 21, 2016 - Joseph Masters - Fantoccini and Legerdemain from 1839
October 18, 2016 - An addition to the report of Robert Corney, a magician out of his territory.
October 17, 2016 - Mr. Hall, another Wizard of the South, and his tours with swordsman Professor George Parker
September 6, 2016 - Significant addition to Monsieur Du Pree, filling in many dates between 1836 - 1863.
May 6, 2016 - A small update to Oscar Dante Eliason’s story documenting the location of actress Sadie MacDonald’s gravesite.
February 2016 - Continuing to add new stories, mostly focussed on performers who only appeared briefly; but many of these are previously undocumented in the standard source books. Added a few more dates concerning Frank Eliason
January 20, 2016 - Restructured the History page by date and started adding references to minor or isolated performances.
January 18, 2016 - At last, the second half of the tale of John Powell Courtier, covering his later years in the United States (1850-1876) and the brutal murder that awaited him.
January 15, 2016 - Several new items concerning Oscar Eliason’s brother, Frank, who continued to perform around the world after Dante’s death. Confirmation that his stage name was Frank Frazee. OE8-ADDENDUM
August 23, 2015 - New story - “Theodore - Crawling Through a Keyhole”. The tale of an Australian Variety Artist lost to history.
November 2013 - No story updates, but a new site layout which will let me get on with some documentation!
July 7, 2010 - An update and likely conclusion to the William Davenport tale. Refer to the heading "Further Light Shed on the Dispute".
January 28, 2010 - The William Davenport story is done, but awaiting more research.
January 2010 - Minor updates to the Oscar "Dante" Eliason story in the "Wizard" and "After Dante" chapters, mainly concerning newly discovered tour dates.
November 20, 2009 - Due again to the assistance of an interested reader, Janette Pelosi of State Records NSW, correspondence surrounding Powell Courtier's performing licences in 1846 has been revealed. Many thanks!
June 25, 2009 - Thanks to Mr B.Dunt of Victoria, the convict origins of Powell Courtier have been confirmed, and a significant update is made to his story.
April 29, 2009 - An update to the story of Mons.Du Pree, to incorporate a number of references to unnamed magicians or performers of allied arts, prior to 1837. The tantalising reference to a performance of sleight of hand in 1816!
April 2009 - The Mystery In History page was started in April 2009 and will be updated when time and research allows. As these stories have waited for over a hundred years to be told, we figure you won't mind waiting a little longer!