the presenter of the far-famed
Sphinx illusion, a masterpiece of its kind.
The mystic with the military title, Colonel Stodare.
however, never smelt powder, nor directed the maneuveres
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.
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.
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 honor 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.
died at the height of his success of consumption
(tuberculosis) after suffering a fatal hemorrhage
of the lungs on October 22, 1866 in London. He is
buried at Highgate Cemetery West, London.
wrote two small treatises on magic: "The
Art of Magic" (1865), and "Stodare's
Essay written by Gloria Hazell
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