Lot 1385: Samri S Baldwin THE SECRETS OF MAHATMA LAND EXPLAINED 1895 Antique American Magic & Illusion Orient Magician's Guide Diagrams Portraits Illustrations
22 October 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: The Secrets of Mahatma Land Explained: Teaching and Explaining the Performances of the Most Celebrated Oriental Mystery Makers and Magicians in All Parts of the World. The Great Basket Trick, The Shrine of Koot Hoomi, Buried Alive, Liquid Lightning, Egyptian Sorcery, Lessons in Mesmerism, Clairvoyant Development, Intuitive Intimations, The Mango Tree's Growth, The Burning Fakeers, The Bewitched Stone, Concentrated Hades, A Madras Miracle, Hypnotic Hallucinations, How to Be a Medium, Somnomistic Telepathy, and Many Other Weird Mysteries Fully Explained.
Author: Samri S. Baldwin - Samuel Spencer Baldwin (1848-1924), or Samri Baldwin, most well known as "The White Mahatma" was an American magician.
Baldwin was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He became interested in magic whilst watching the Davenport brothers perform séances. He began to duplicate the tricks of fraudulent mediums such as Anna Eva Fay. He was one of the first magicians to have practiced a stage escape from handcuffs. He was the first to take the "question and answer" mentalism act to the stage.
Baldwin exposed the tricks of fraudulent mediums and claimed to have learned the tricks of the fakirs of India. He was married to the stage mentalist Kitty (1853-1934) would assist him in his performances, they had one daughter Shadow.
The magician Fulton Oursler when writing on the subject of magic and spiritualism, used the name Samri Frikell. He made it by combining the names of Samri Baldwin and another magician, Wiljalba Frikell.
[Information courtesy Wikipedia.]
Publisher: Press of T. J. Dyson and Son
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 120 pages
Width: 7.5" Height: 9.75"
Book Details: In the late 1800s--before movies, records, television, and radio--theater acts featuring magic, seances, mesmerism, and the like were popular with the public on both sides of the Atlantic. Baldwin traveled to many remote corners of the world to visit and observe magicians, witch doctors, and shamans. He became a genuine Mahatma in a secret ceremony in India.
In this work he combines an autobiography of travels with lengthy descriptions and explanations of many magics performed by celebrated mystery makers and magicians in all parts of the world.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is bound in yellow pictorial paper-covered boards with a brown cloth backstrip. The covers show some age toning and rubbing, with chipping concentrated at the corners and edges. The front hinge shows some weakness.
A frontispiece portrait depicts Baldwin. The pages show mild age toning and occasional spotting/smudging, mostly in the margins. There are small closed tears on the final page in the bound margin, slightly affecting the text. This work is profusely illustrated with depictions of magicians and their art.
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