Performing Arts Collection
Magic
Magic
Magic-related items provide an insight into the mysterious world of illusionists and their fearless assistants. Australian performers including The Great Levante, Parer the Magician, Wong Toy Sun and Moi-Yo Miller Montes are represented, along with visiting international magicians who influenced the local magic scene.
Angelico, Sam
Magician Sam Angelico was born in Melbourne and started performing at the age of 14. In the 1970s and 1980s Sam Angelico toured throughout Australia, Europe, the United States and Japan. Collection holdings include a photograph by Robert Colvin.
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Copperfield, David
David Copperfield is the world's best-known contemporary magical illusionist. Collection holdings include tour posters donated by David Copperfield in 1996.
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Crozier, Jeff
Jeff Crozier (1948 - 1981) was an Australian magician, illusionist, actor and musician - often billed as the 'voodoo psychedelic magician'. Collection holdings include programmes, a poster, and photographs.
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Eliason, Oscar 'Dante The Great'
The first magician to use the title 'Dante', Oscar Eliason (1896 - 1899) was an American Mormon, born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1869. During the mid 1890s he toured Texas, Mexico, Cuba and Canada, performing with his wife who was billed as Madame Edmunda. Collection holdings include a poster and references in scrapbooks of the period.
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Gertler, Alfred 'Bernard The Magician'
Collection holdings include photographs, puppet, reviews. Magic 1957 - 1970s.
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Gilding, Norman
Collection of magic props used by magician Norman Gilding. Magic - No Date.
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Grossi, Luzio
There are 47 photographs by Luzio Grossi in the Performing Arts Collection capturing Melbourne’s performing arts scene in the 1980s. Subjects include actors Malcolm Robertson, Frederick Parslow, Steve Bisley, Evelyn Krape, and magician Sam Angelico along with Barry Humphries’ comic creation Sandy Stone.
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Harrington, Jack
The Perfoming Arts Collection holds a scrapbook regarding magician Jack Harrington. Date range 1920 - 1950s.
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Hugard, Jean
Born John Gerard Boyce (1872 - 1959), in Toowoomba Queensland, 'Jean Hugard' became fascinated by magic at an early age. He toured throughout Australia and New Zealand with his show featuring billiard-ball manipulation and a modernised version of the bullet catching trick. Collection holdings include poster, photograph, books.
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Jackman, Warren & Bell, Gordon
Collection holdings include photographs, props, trick book. Magic 1949 - 1968.
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Jansen, Harry 'Dante'
Harry August Jansen (1883 - 1955) was born in Copenhagen, Denmark and began performing as a magician from about 1900 and initially toured using the name The Great Jansen. He was recognised by his peers as the most entertaining stage magician of his time. Collection holdings include photographs, a poster and a brochure.
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Keller, Henry 'Harry Kellar'
Magician HARRY KELLAR (Henry Keller, 1849 - 1922) starred in his own illusion show which toured the world, including visits to Australia in 1876 and 1882. The Performing Arts Collection holds 2 posters and some images of Kellar. Magic c1900.
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Levante, Les 'The Great Levante'
Australia's foremost entertainer of magical acts from the 1930s through to the 1950s was Sydney born Leslie Cole (1892 - 1978). Collection holdings include photographs, promotional material, magical apparatus, costumes. Magic 1940 - 1958.
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Levante, Esme
Esme Levante (1922 - 1989) began performing with her father - magician Les Levante - at the age of five years before touring her own magical cabaret act. Collection holdings include costumes, photographs, programmes, stage illusions Magic 1938 - 1968.
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Magic (General)
Collection holdings in the general magic subject area include books, catalogues, news clippings, programmes. Date range 1929 - 1984.
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McSweeney, Terry & Cyril Smith
Collection holdings include magic props and instructions. Magic 1980s.
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Miller, Loretta 'Moi-yo Miller Montes'
Geelong born Loretta 'Moi-yo' Miller spent almost two decades performing with magician Dante (Harry Jansen). Collection holdings include booklets, brochures photographs. Magic, c1934 - 1940.
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Mulkey, Virgil
Virgil Harris Mulkey (1900 - 1989) magician. In 1925 he made his professional debut as a magician under the name 'Magical Mulkey'. Collection holdings include a poster and programmes.
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Parer, Tommy
'Parer the Magician' collection includes cards, costume, correspondence, flyers, photographs. Magic 1941 - 1948.
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Quinn, Frank 'Franquin'
Franquin was the most successful stage hypnotist ever to perform in Australia. The collection holds programmes, board games, and negatives within the Laurie Richards Collection.
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Roberts, Myrtle
The Performing Arts Collection holds magic props used by Myrtle Roberts. Date Range 1930-1992.
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Rooklyn, Maurice 'The Amazing Mr Rooklyn'
Professionally known as 'The Amazing Mr Rooklyn', Maurice Rooklyn (1905 - 1992) was born in England and came to Australia when he was five years old. Rooklyn was shot in 1934 while performing a bullet-catching act at the Tivoli Theatre in Sydney. Collection holdings include magazines, photographs, programmes. Magic 1930 - 1992.
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Sarcar, Padmashree Pratul Chandra 'The Great Sorcar'
Padmashree Pratul Chandra Socar (1913 - 1971), known as The Great Sorcar, was the most famous Indian magician of his time and the first to perform a western style magic show. Collection holdings include posters, programmes, photographs.
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Skiffington, Ross
Ross Skiffington, winner of four major awards at the 16th Australian Convention of Magicians International (1980), is recognised as one of Australia's finest contemporary illusionists. Collection holdings include posters, photographs, documents.
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Taylor, Gerald
Gerald Taylor began performing at an early age, and was billed as Australia's Youngest Magician for his performance at Cremorne Theatre - at the age of 15. He later appeared on the Bob Crosby Show, Dave Allen Show, Graham Kennedy Show, and the Tommy Hanlon Jr Show in the mid 1960s. Collection holdings include photographs, programmes, props, publicity. Magic 1945 - 1963.
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