Farewell Tour of The Dean of Magic
(originally published in The Crest Magician, December, 1907)
Kellar, the world-famous magician, began a week-end engagement at the Lyceum yesterday, giving his performance in the presence of crowded houses afternoon and evening. The bills announce this as Kellar’s farewell tour. He is sixty-four years of age, and having Avon fame and fortune has decided to yield the center of the stage to a younger man. Kellar’s mantle is to fall upon the shoulders of Howard Thurston, a young magician who has been a top-liner in vaudeville for several years.
Thurston accompanies Kellar on the present tour, and takes the last half of the program. Kellar’s personal offering includes the best of his repertoire of mystifying tricks, not omitting his masterpiece of magic. Princess Karnac in midair. Many of the feats performed by Thurston are old, but are . accomplished with more cleverness than characterizes the work of the average magician. This is particularly noticeable in his card passes. Thurston’s masterpiece, a triple mystery, in which he has the assistance of Princess Kiyo, compares favorably with the best results worked out by the genius of Kellar.
By way of variety, Kellar introduces Balla Hussan. a Hindoo conjuror, who, while constantly chattering in his native tongue performs some of the tricks of the low caste street fakirs of his country. Kellar explains that he introduces Hussan to show the difference between the oriental and occidental conjurers.
Harry Kellar, rightly termed “the
Dean of Magic,” has been so long before
the public, and has been so often the
subject of magazine and press writers,
that it seems almost superfluous to say
Anything other in this article than to
note that this season marks the final
appearance upon the stage of this man,
who has done so much for magic in this
His stage career has been a succession
of triumphs, and I do not doubt but that
to-day he numbers a larger clientele of
friends and admirers than any magician
who has ever been before the public; his
personality, whose very keynote sounds
sincerity, and the kindliness that shines
from his eyes, have endeared him to the
hearts of thousands, and they who have
had the pleasure of meeting him per-
sonally will ever treasure the memory of
his genial magnetism, that at once com-
mands your respect and friendship.
Mr. Kellar is a Pennsylvanian by birth
but has made his home for years near
the lordly Hudson, in New York State.
Here he comes at the road season’s end
to work out new mysteries and to im-
prove his old ones. He ranks high as
an inventor, and his genius in this line
has enabled him to present his illusions
in the masterful manner that has made
his name famous.
Mr. Kellar has all his lifetime been a
close student; he is an Oriental scholar
of high repute, has travelled extensively
throughout Tibet, India, China and other
Oriental countries, and to his knowledge?
â gained in these travels â is due the air”
of Eastern mysticism that pervades his;
I am always skeptical of farewell’
tours, especially where one has been so>
long feasting upon the plaudits of de-
lighted audiences, and imagine that our
respected and beloved Dean will let him-
self be tempted to continue to come be-
fore us, to delight and mystify us, un-
til that time when comes the summons
to a final rest.