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 - Professor Thomas Rea - Ventriloquism, Magic, Aerial Balloons and Scandal
1842 Robert Corney - a magician outside his territory
1842 Antonio de Hesperio
1844 Khi Kan Kruse - tight rope walker and Wizard of the North for one night only.
1846 Anonymous - Maitland Races
1846 Mr W.C. Wainwright - a brief association with Powell Courtier
1848 Dr. Charles Meymott, ship’s surgeon and gentleman conjurer
1850 Chas. Jingle
1851 - 1870
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.
♦ 1853 Professor Charles Rignold, the Wizard of Australia, and his appalling death in 1859
♦ 1854 Professor Horace Sidney at the historic Royal Hotel
♦ 1855 Signor Recanati and the demise of the Royal Lyceum Theatre
♦ 1856 Professor James Eagle, Wizard of the Gold Rush
1856 Monsieur Theo, the French Magician
1857 M. Chabert for one night only
1857 Professor Franzheim
1857 Sander, Wizard of the East
1857 Testoo, the Spanish Wizard
♦ 1858 Monsieur Philippe De Barr
1859 Professor Ericksen, Scandanavian Wizard
1859 Professor Hermann
1859 Herr Wolff
1860 Mr. Charles, ventriloquist and Professor of Natural Magic, in Australia decades late.
1862 Mr. James - A private entertainer and teacher
1862 Herr Arnold
1863 Professor Sams
1864 Thomas Carr
1865 Herr De Barr
♦ 1866 Professor Hennicke, a.k.a Abda Shah, touring Australia and New Zealand with his wife, Madame Stella
1871 - 1899
♦ 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.