(originally published in The Crest Magician, November, 1907)
Mr. Pallme was born in Kensington, on the outskirts of London, England, July 3rd, 1869. His ability as a magician seems to have been inherent, as at an early age his skill and dexterity astonished his school-mates and amazed his elders. He also evidenced an early liking for the stage and successfully played child parts in the late Augustus Harris’ Drury Lane Pantomimes, while yet attending school.
In 1885 he left England to tour Europe with his uncle, the late Alexande Berrmann, making his first public appearance in magic at the age of sixteen as an assistant to “Herrmann the Great.” He appeared before King Edward and Queen Alexandra (who were then Prince and Princess of Wales), during their Majesties visit to the Eden Theatre, Paris, France, where Alexande Herrmann was performing.
After visiting most of the continental cities and appearing with his uncle before many other celebrities, he returned to London the following year, entering the office of a leading barrister-at-law in the Temple Bar.
While the law had its educational value, yet it did not possess the charm of the footlights, and upon the earnest request of his uncle in 1889 to join him, he forsook law for magic, and came to the United States, where he toured the country from Maine to California, and from Canada to Mexico for several seasons.
During this time he served his illustrious uncle in almost every capacity, in “front of the house,” and behind the stage, overseeing the erection of the paraphernalia of the different illusions, and personally preparing the program of the tricks that made Alexande Herrmann famous; thus gaining a wonderful amount of valuable experience and data.
A severe illness contracted in Vancouver, B. C, caused him to abandon the stage and magic, and upon his recovery he entered commercial life, became a naturalized citizen of the United States and a resident of New York.
He is a student and philosopher, and although successful in mercantile life he has never given up his first love, and spends all his leisure time in studying and developing magic and mechanics.
Mr. Pallme fills engagements in the lyceum field, and is much sought after in the social world. He has a clean, clear-cut personality, that is at once pleasing and masterful, and his perfect mastery of the art of magic is a source of keenest pleasure to those fortunate enough to witness his exhibitions.
Mr. Pallme is an indefatigable worker, and he is now working out some of the undeveloped ideas of the late Alexande Herrmann, and the results of his experiments and achievements are eagerly awaited for by the world of magic.