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May 8, 2012

Lenathehyena's Blog

Not so long ago the mention of conjuring evoked an image of a man in a black cloak pulling rabbits out of a hat. Well that man was The Great Wizard of the North credited as the originator of the trick. Another of his equally celebrated illusions was the death-defying Great Gun Trick in which he appeared to catch a bullet fired from a gun. More subdued but equally amazing was the magician’s ability to produce watches out of locked boxes. Yes, The Wizard of the North’s famous dexterity made him one of the 19th century’s greatest showmen known the world over and a performer who became a huge influence on the great Harry Houdini.

This global phenomenon was a talented and diligent Scot from Aberdeen who bamboozled and delighted shopkeepers and heads of state alike with such favourites as his Inexhaustible Bottle which produced whichever drink members of…

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