of the far-famed Sphinx illusion, a masterpiece of its kind.
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Prof. Edwin A. Dawes of the Magic Circle
with the military title, Colonel Stodare. however, never smelt
powder, nor directed the manoeuvres of a regiment of red-coats.
His title was self-assumed, to bedazzle the English public. He
never wielded .any weapon save a wooden wand, tipped with ivory.
But he did that to perfection.
He was born
in *Liverpool June 28, 1831.
His real name has been given as Joseph or Jack Inglis, although
he also called himself William Bullock*.
(William Bullock's venture fails, his collection of natural wonders
is sold. He will take the name Colonel Stodare by 1860 and have
a short performing career,) He had a brother *Alfred Inglis who
is sometimes confused with Jack. (Alfred worked with Jack and
continued with the show after Jack had died which is where the
confusion of names probably comes from.) He used the title ''Colonel''
to suggest an adventurer or explorer of foreign mysteries.
He was a ventriloquist
and magician and his first appearance was at the Egyptian Hall,
London, on Easter Monday April 17, 1865. when he introduced for
the first time in England those celebrated illusions the "Mango
Tree" and the "Indian Basket." On October 16, 1865,
on Stodare's 200th appearance at the Egyptian Hall, he presented
for the first time his Sphinx Illusion, invented by Thomas Tobin,
which at once attracted crowds. On Tuesday evening, November 21,
1865. he had the honour to appear before Queen Victoria, at Windsor
Castle on the occasion of the birthday of H. R. H. the Princess
Royal, afterwards the Empress Frederick of Germany.
at the height of his success of consumption (tuberculosis) after
suffering a fatal haemorrhage of the lungs on October 22, 1866
in London. He is buried at Highgate Cemetery West, London.
came in May 31st, 2017 from Prof. Edwin A. Dawes
Historian and Hon. Vice-President,
The Magic Circle
was the derived name of Joseph Stoddart, born at Great Salkend,
Cumbria, not *Liverpool. His
younger brother Alfred Stoddart (1840-1893) was born in Liverpool
after the family moved there from Cumbria. Alfred also became
a conjurer, initially as Alfred Inglis/English, and in 1865 was
employed as stage manager for Joseph at the Egyptian Hall. When
Joseph fell ill in May 1866 Alfred adopted the name of Stodare
and struck out on his own with his brothers illusions, causing
an irreparable rift between them. The confusion between the brothers
was further compounded by their very similar features.
There is no
evidence that Stoddart ever called himself Bullock. *William
Bullock, who built the Egyptian Hall in Piccadilly
in 1812 for his museum of curiosities, sold the premises in 1819
long before Joseph was born. His first recorded appearance was
as Mr Stoddart in 1850 at Liverpool. His appearance at the Egyptian
Hall in 1865 was his first in London.
wrote two small treatises on magic: "The Art of
Magic" (1865), and "Stodare's Fly-Notes"
First Essay written by Gloria Hazell
from various sources 2013