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Magical Heroes was written over twenty five years ago, and there has been a lot of additional information uncovered. When I finished compiling my notes gathered over the last few decades, I had over 800 pages. Magical Heroes was 200 pages long. I put together the best material for my most recent 400 page book That Old Black Magic, which tells complete fascinating stories.
The book starts with updated information on Richard Potter, America's first black celebrity.
There is a chapter on Jacob Kellies "the Black Wonder," who took a break from performing magic shows to fight with Connecticut's first African American regiment, the first to enter Richmond and end the war. Henry "Box" Brown" escaped from slavery by mailing himself across the Mason Dixon line, and became a traveling magician. The full story of Black Carl, who had an amazing career, is here. Alonzo Moore, who was considered the greatest black magician of his time, is covered, along with and the other Boomskies. There is a fascinating and mind blowing chapter on Princess Sotanki, who ran her own troupe of magicians before the turn of the century, and she was also a lion tamer, a snake charmer, and an exotic dancer. The full story about Joseph Downing, who amazingly passed himself as Prince Joveddah de Rajah. His assistant became Prince Ali Sadhoo, and there is a fascinating chapter on him. Princess Mysteria has been called the greatest female black mentalist, and her story is included. There are chapters on both Professor Maharajah and Principe Majahara, who amazing performers. Professor J. Hartford Armstrong, "King of the Colored Conjurors," along with his daughter Ellen, are covered. The legendary Black Herman was a superstar of magic and his amazing stories is told. A chapter on Herman Yerger is included in this one, and it ends with a chapter on Fetaque Sanders.
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On Dec 17, 2020, Jim Magus wrote:
Magical Heroes was written over twenty five years ago, and there has been a lot of additional information uncovered. When I finished compiling my notes gathered over the last few decades, I had over 800 pages. Magical Heroes was 200 pages long. I put together the best material for my most recent 400 page book That Old Black Magic, which tells complete fascinating stories.
The book starts with updated information on Richard Potter, America's first black celebrity.
There is a chapter on Jacob Kellies "the Black Wonder," who took a break from performing magic shows to fight with Connecticut's first African American regiment, the first to enter Richmond and end the war. Henry "Box" Brown" escaped from slavery by mailing himself across the Mason Dixon line, and became a traveling magician. The full story of Black Carl, who had an amazing career, is here. Alonzo Moore, who was considered the greatest black magician of his time, is covered, along with and the other Boomskies. There is a fascinating and mind blowing chapter on Princess Sotanki, who ran her own troupe of magicians before the turn of the century, and she was also a lion tamer, a snake charmer, and an exotic dancer. The full story about Joseph Downing, who amazingly passed himself as Prince Joveddah de Rajah. His assistant became Prince Ali Sadhoo, and there is a fascinating chapter on him. Princess Mysteria has been called the greatest female black mentalist, and her story is included. There are chapters on both Professor Maharajah and Principe Majahara, who amazing performers. Professor J. Hartford Armstrong, "King of the Colored Conjurors," along with his daughter Ellen, are covered. The legendary Black Herman was a superstar of magic and his amazing stories is told. A chapter on Herman Yerger is included in this one, and it ends with a chapter on Fetaque Sanders.



I discovered That Old Black Magic while searching for a copy of Magical Heroes. I am still reading it, but I am impressed by this huge amount of work. Very precious to the entire magic community.
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