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Wizards of the North, South, East and West!

One of the  great curses of the magic history researcher is the plethora of performers titling themselves “The Wizard of the North/South/West”, and though I have found none of the “East” it would come as no surprise.  Alongside the magicians calling themselves Signor Blitz, these pests obfuscate and frustrate.

Many of these would be rank amateurs or performers who stuck their heads up in front of an audience on few occasions. Other more professional artists, such as Monsieur Du Pree or John Henry Anderson, may have had a valid claim on the title.

The difficulty with such billing is that, frequently, there is no other name attached to the performer’s advertising, and so we are left to try and decipher, or guess, which magician it might actually be. This page will try to list some of these miscreants!

Monsieur Du Pree Wizard of the South from 1836

Mr B. Eagle - Wizard of the South, Adelaide June 1847

Dr. Charles Meymott - portraying the character of the ‘Wizard of the North’, 1848

Mr W.C. Wainwright, Wizard of the South, Melbourne, January 1849

Chas. Jingle Wizard of the South, briefly seen in Geelong, Victoria, in June 1850

W. D. Ford - Wizard of both North and South, at the same time in Sydney July 1852!

Signor Blitz - Wizard of the South, in Sydney and Maitland (NSW) areas 1852 - 1853

Professor Le Berg, the Great Wizard of the South, October 1853 for an extremely limited season.

Horace Sydney - Wizard of the South, Hobart Tas. September 1854

Mr. Hall, Wizard of the South, New South Wales between 1853 - 1867

Berkley Lennox the Wizard of the South. 1853 in Melbourne, 1855 and other dates to be researched. Frequently Lennox’s advertising does not state his name but his tours in the same region confirm him as the artist.

Professor Franzheim, Wizard of the South, Sydney and Illawarra 1857 - 1861

Herr Arnold, the great Wizard of the South c. 1862 in Sydney

Thomas Carr, Wizard of the South 1864 Victoria

H.B. Lees, Wizard of the South 1872 NSW

Gordon A.Barker, Wizard of the South 1878-79, Sydney NSW

John Henry Anderson

Wizard of the NNE and SSW crop

Even in 1860 the lack of originality shown by “Wizards” was regarded as a joke. [The Star, Ballarat, May 1860]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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