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Figure PAUL FLEMING The Magician They brought one Pinch, a hungry lean-fac'd villain, A mere anatomy, a mountebank, A threadbare juggler, and a fortune-teller, A living-dead man. This pernicious slave, Forsooth, took on him as a conjurer. — The Comedy of Errors. T HUS did Shakespeare caricature the conjurer of his day. It was not without some justification, however, for the wizard of the Elizabethan period was a good deal of a fraud, dabbling in alchemy and astrology, and oftimes claiming for himself the possession of occult power. But, happily, the old order changeth. The art of magic has been freed from the charlatanism of the past, and stands today as perhaps the most interesting and popular of the many forms of public entertainment. There is something about magic that appeals to mankind irresistibly. People like to pit their powers of analysis and discernment against the skill and ingenuity of the magician. And they enjoy being baffled. Mr. Fleming is a magician who takes his art seriously: that is to say, he permits nothing to go undone that would add to the finish of his performance. Trained in legerdemain from early boyhood, he decided, after several years of practical stage experience, that a college education would make him a better magician. He acted upon the idea immediately. Four years later, he returned to the platform with his degree, having won the highest college honors, including membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the honorary society for scholarship, and in Delta Sigma Rho, the national public speaking fraternity. Then followed years of touring with his own company, playing to the most discriminating audiences with unvarying success. Mr. Fleming's present program is the outcome of ten years of Lyceum and Chautauqua experience. It includes numerous feats not to be seen in the entertainment of any other magician,—veritable masterpieces of magic such as can be created only by an artist with an infinite capacity for taking pains. Mere digital dexterity does not make a magician, any more than the memorizing of lines makes an actor. It is a perfect mastery of the technique of his art, combined with an interesting personality and an absolute ease of manner, that enables Mr. Fleming to present what the foremost Chautauqua manager in the country has pronounced the ideal entertainment of magic. PRESS COMMENT SUNBURY, PA. —Fleming, the Magician, eclipsed anything in that line that has ever visited Sunbury. He is commonly called The Man of Mystery, and the name is not a misfit. The audience was thoroughly delighted with the mystifying program.— Daily. FRAMINGHAM, MASS. —No one can resist a magician like Mr. Fleming, whose performances would surely have won for him fagots and a stake two hundred years ago.— Evening News. KEENE, N. H.—Fleming, the Magician, is assuredly a master of magic. He thoroughly mystified and delighted his large audience throughout the evening.— Evening Sentinel. ROANOKE, VA. —Fleming, the Magician, kept the audience at Elmwood Park Chautauqua puzzled and amused last night. His tricks were new and wonderful. The Egyptian Dial and the rabbit trick were especially good. The crowd, which numbered about a thousand, enjoyed the abundance of his stunts, and laughed at and applauded his whole program.— Times. EASTON, PA. —Paul Fleming, the Magician, kept his audience mystified by his clever tricks and entertained by his humor. His performance was worthy of a Kellar or a Herrmann.— Free Press. BRIDGEPORT, CONN. —Fleming, the Magician, kept a very large audience on the qui vive last evening with his wonderful magical mysteries.— Telegram. STAMFORD, CONN. —An entertainer with boundless capacity for amusing.— Evening Star. WESTERLY, R. I.—The Magician, Paul Fleming, was exceedingly clever and entertaining. His performance was new and amazing.— Sun. POTTSTOWN, PA. —Astounding feats of magic were performed last night by Fleming, Master of Magic, in a program which not only delighted but greatly surprised the audience. His tricks stand unduplicated in Pottstown, for he performed seeming impossibilities with the greatest ease.— News.
|Title||Paul Fleming: the magician|
|Topical Subject (LCSH)||Magicians|
|Personal Name Subject||Fleming, Paul|
|Digital Collection||Traveling Culture: Circuit Chautauqua in the Twentieth Century|
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|Archival Collection||Redpath Chautauqua Collection|
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|Number of Pages||4|
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