1788 - 1850
♦ 1788 William Fraser, the Convict Conjurer - Not Australia’s first performer, but probably the first mention of a conjurer in this country.
♦ 1826 Sydney Smith - Salamander - Who was the first recorded magician to perform in Australia? Smith and other elusive candidates.
♦ 1836 Monsieur Du Pree, The Wizard Of The South - The first definitive record of a magic performance in Australia.
1839 Joseph Masters - Tantalising references to legerdemain performances
1840 Monsieur Aymotte
♦ 1841 Powell Courtier, Necromancer and Fire King - From convict to magician to murder; the story of one man's struggle.
1842 Robert Corney - a magician outside his territory
1846 Anonymous - Maitland Races
1846 Mr W.C. Wainwright - a brief association with Powell Courtier
1850 Chas. Jingle
1851 - 1900
1852 W. D. Ford - the vanishing Wizard
1853 - Mr. Hall, Wizard of the South, and swordsman Professor Parker
1853 Professor Le Berg - apparently not one of the better magicians.
♦ 1855 Signor Recanati and the demise of the Royal Lyceum Theatre
1856 Monsieur Theo, the French Magician
1857 Professor Franzheim
♦ 1858 Monsieur Philippe De Barr
1859 Professor Hermann
1859 Herr Wolff
1862 Mr. James - A private entertainer and teacher
1862 Herr Arnold
1863 Professor Sams
1864 Thomas Carr
1865 Herr De Barr
♦ 1877 The Mystery of William Davenport - William Davenport, of the famous Davenport Brothers pseudo-medium act, died in Australia. His gravestone is in Sydney; but is there a second monument to his name?
1877 Gordon A. Barker
♦ 1898 Oscar Eliason, the original ‘Dante the Great’ - The life and death of a talented performer.
♦ Maurice Rooklyn, The Human Target - The magician who survived performing the Bullet Catch.
♦ Theodore - Crawling Through a Keyhole - Juggler, Magician, Contortionist, Hypnotist over 46 years, but lost to history.
1937 Rayman Bey - Showman. The tale of a Bullet-Proof Girl gone wrong.
1942 Udinis - Daredevil Stirling and Joan Moore, the female escapologist
Assorted Wizards of the North, South, East and West adding to the problems of historical research.
♦ An examination of the Royal Lyceum Theatre - the many circuses, hotels and theatres connected with this site from 1833 - 1882.