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Blitz, Signor: Fifty Years In the Magic Circle
©1871 Belknap & Bliss, Hartford, CN
Hardcover, 435 pages
Fifty Years in the
              Magic Circle
Image from Magicref

Comments: "An account of the author's professional life; his wonderful tricks and feats; with laughable incidents, and adventures as a magician, necromancer, and ventriloquist.

Contents:

V Preface
Ix To Signor Blitz (Robert Morris): A Poem

19 Chapter I Early Life
21 My Birth
24 School Days

25 Chapter II Appearance In Public
25 Thirteen Years Of Age - Parting From My Mother
26 First Appearance On Stage
27 The Conceited Doctor - Dr. Von Kelperstein's Love Letters
28 Return Home - First Great Affliction

30 Chapter III Incidents In England
31 First Appearance In England
31 Clerical Opposition - The Watch Trick
34 Indictment And Trial Before The Council
35 Trying An Experiment
36 A Superstitious Magistrate
37 First Visit To London
38 A Nervous Landlady

40 Chapter IV Adventure With Gamblers
40 Lost But Saved - The Ruined Young Man-His Sad Story

45 Chapter V Inquisitive Ladies
46 The Broken-Hearted Maiden—her Sad Story
47 Effects Of Fortune-Telling
49 Disgusted With Managers
49 Jack Ketch, The Hangman

52 Chapter VI Ireland
52 Entertainments In Dublin
53 An Aristocratic Cabbage
54 The Frightened Doctor - Doctor Crampton And The Students

57 Chapter VII Irish Character
57 Daniel O'Connell
58 Irish Wit
60 The Talking Codfish
61 The Dishonest Servant
63 The Frightened Tax-Collector

67 Chapter VIII The Witches Under The Bridge
67 The Sergeant And The Soldiers
72 Effect Of Superstition

74 Chapter IX Visit To Scotland
74 Coronation Of King William
77 Spirit Of The Mill
77 The Babe In The Violin Case
79 My Marriage

81 Chapter X Incidents In Edinburgh
82 The Bottled Janitor
83 The Talking Horse
85 Manchester
85 A Clergyman In Trouble
88 Poll Parrot Pays The Rent
95 An Aerial Voyage
97 I Meet A Friend
98 Personal Jokes

100 Chapter XI Very Peculiar People
101 The Opposite Picture
101 Individual Oddities
102 A Wig Regiment
102 Picture Of A Rich Man
107 Duchess Of St. Albans

109 Chapter XII Across The Atlantic
109 Farewell Soirees At Liverpool
110 Portrait Of A Mississippi Major
112 Arrival In New York
113 Young America
115 The Original Blitz - Bogus Personages
117 A Man In Search Of Business
118 An Aspiring Waiter
119 Ambitious Office-Seeker

122 Chapter XIII Engagement At Niblo's Garden
122 How To Dine With Kings
124 A Disturbed Dinner
124 Ex-President Van Buren
126 The Marketman Outwitted
127 The Wonderful Money-Bag - Egg Trick
128 The Advantages Of Being A Ventriloquist
130 The Astonished Medical Examiner
131 An Insane Woman

133 Chapter XIV The Eccentric Dr. Valentine
133 The Land Doctor
135 A Wise Phrenologist
138 The Gun Trick
139 A Dangerous Experiment

142 Chapter XV Passage To Boston, And Incidents
142 A Sound Steamer
144 In A Hurry To Reach Boston
146 A Temperance Governor With A Bottle Of Whiskey
147 A Boston Merchant
148 Faneuil Hall Market
150 Cambridge
151 Judge Story
151 An American General

153 Chapter XVI Salem Witchcraft
153 History Of Witches
158 Rev. Doctor John Price
159 Producing Fire From Glass
161 Codfish Aristocracy At Marblehead
162 A Lodging At The Expense Of The Town
164 A Minister In Trouble

167 Chapter XVII Incidents And Adventures In Philadelphia
167 A Model City
168 The Automaton Chess-Player
172 A Truant Husband
176 A Prophecy
176 Doing A Judge
178 Egyptian Mummy

180 Chapter XVIII My Visit To The South
181 Daniel Webster
182 President Fillmore
182 Henry Clay
183 Richmond
183 Charleston
184 "De Debil About, Sure"
185 A Runaway Slave
186 A Southern Snow-Storm
187 Affection In Annimal Nature
187 An Indian Raid
191 Wheel Within A Wheel
192 An Inventive Genius

194 Chapter XIX A Dangerous Customer
194 Bad Men And Worthless Money
197 A Shot From Behind
197 Mobile
198 Experience As A Detective
200 New Orleans
202 An Over-Zealous School-Teacher
203 Jealousy And Love

205 Chapter XX Up The Mississippi River
205 Effects Of My Tricks Upon The Indians
207 Gifted Horses
209 Financial Crisis
212 A Nervous Traveller
215 A Quick-Witted Irishman
217 A Man On A Pleasure Tour

219 Chapter XXI In The British Provinces
219 A Dead-Head
221 A Myth - One Of The Smiths
229 John Q. Adams

231 Chapter XXII Nova Scotia
231 Residence Of The Duke Of Kent
234 The Golden Oranges
235 Quebec
238 Before The Bishops And Clergy
238 Montreal
239 The Governor-General
242 Toronto

245 Chapter XXIII Laughable Incidents
245 The Wise Turkeys
246 The Astonished Clergyman
250 A Family Bedroom
253 Smuggling A Passenger
255 Child In A Carpet-Bag
257 The Mystified Quaker

259 Chapter XXIV Amusing Incidents
259 An Excitement In The Market
251 Another Market Scene
253 A Concientious Doctor
267 Hours With The Insane

272 Chapter XXV Dame Fortune
272 Thirty-Five Years Ago
279 Barbadoes
279 A Royal Bed
283 Granada
284 An Uninvited Guest
286 St. George
286 St. Vincent
287 Kingstown - Believers In Sorcery

289 Chapter XXVI The Christian Skipper And His Crew
289 A Great Surprise - Prayer And Praise
292 Trinidad Port Of Spain
295 The Masque Ball
300 An Expensive Pet - Monkey

302 Chapter XXVII Antigua
303 The Educated Horses
305 The Kidnapped Negro
306 St. John
309 Nevis
311 Basseterre

313 Chapter XXVIII A Sea Voyage
313 Schooner Dart
317 A Dream Of Heaven
323 An Old Maid On Board

327 Chapter XXIX Continuation And Close Op Tropical Tour
327 My Entertainments
328 Jamaica
329 Kingston
331 A Haunted House
333 The Singing And Talking Mule
336 Demarara
336 Georgetown
337 The Prolific Eggs
339 A Merchant Nonplussed
341 A Drunkard Saved

345 Chapter XXX Incidents In Cuba
345 Public Conveyances
346 The King Pig
349 Havana

362 Chapter XXXI Incidents And Exhibitions In Havana
362 Great Superstition
365 The Mystic Bouquet
366 The Thieving Soldiers
368 An Unjust Fine
373 Box Of Cigars
374 The Liberal Landlady

376 Chapter XXXII The Cuban Lovers
376 Senorita Inez Garcia
381 Captain-General Of Cuba
383 He Becomes A Victim
384 Matanzas
385 Battle With The Bees

390 Chapter XXXIII The Speaking Portrait
390 The Story Of Senorita Alonzo

402 Chapter XXXIV Incidents And Adventures Elsewhere
402 The Landlord And His Guest
405 A Surprise Party Surprised
408 Old Scratch
409 A Prison Scene
411 A Merry Sleighing-Party

414 Chapter XXXV Philadelphia And The Great Rebellion
414 My Present Residence
418 Soldiers' Reading-Room
421 Independence Hall

423 Chapter XXXVI Conclusion
423 The Quaker City
423 A Buzz On 'Change
425 Thoughts And Sayings Of Children
428 The Dead Canary
430 A Servant Of The Public



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