Image from page 441 of "Theatrical and circus life;" (1893)
Title: Theatrical and circus life;
Year: 1893 (1890s)
Authors: Jennings, John Joseph, 1853-1909. [from old catalog]
Subjects: Theater Circus
Publisher: Chicago, Laird & Lee
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: The Library of Congress
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hem. Hermann is a great trickster, not only on thestage, but off. He walked into a barber-shop in Mem-phis one day, went up to the place where the razorswere kept, and taking up one, calmly cut his throat,standing before the glass after the gash had beenmade, and with evident pleasure regarding the profuseflow of blood from the wound. The barbers and theircustomers ran wildly into the streets yelling like atribe of Feejees around a barbecue of roast missionary.They called the police, and raised a small riot in theirimmediate neighborhood. The police came and enteredthe shop, only to find Hermann coming forward togreet them, laughing and remarking that it was only a 432 TIIE BLACK ART. little practical joke. There was not the slightest signof any wound upon his throat, and it was only whenthe barbers were told that it was Hermann, the mad-cian, that they could be brought to believe that he hadnot really cut his throat through, and then by somewonderful healing art closed the gap again.
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Hermanns sell. During his engagement in New York last season,the famous magician demoralized a waiter and theproprietor of a German beer saloon by making thefoaming glass appear and disappear, and in receivingthe accurate change of a five-dollar note counted it be- THE BLACK ART. 433 fore the chagrined proprietor and made it appear thatthe amount returned was , which he coolly pock-eted. But his best trick was the sell he per-petrated on the Society for the Prevention of Crueltyto Children. He had it announced that he would re-sume his old feat of blowing a child from a cannon,and making it appear safe and sound in the gallery ofthe theatre. This set the society in arms at once.He was notified that if he tried it the child (an appren-tice) would be taken from him. He replied that hewas going to rehearse the feat on Thursday morning,anyhow; whereupon an agent of the society, with awrit of habeas corpus, rushed upon the scene. Justas he was about to ram the child into the piece ofhea
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