The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0502 Thursday, 25 May 2006
Date: Tuesday, 23 May 2006 19:52:39 EDT
Subject: 17.0467 Conjuring in Shakespeare's Time
Comment: Re: SHK 17.0467 Conjuring in Shakespeare's Time
Clay Shevlin asks about
>(including and especially, one named "Hocus Pocus," whose real name
>appears to be William Vincent) who performed magic.
For more on Hocus Pocus, see two recent articles in Theatre Notebook:
"William Vincent, Alias Hocus Pocus: A Travelling Entertainer of the
by N. W. Bawcutt, TN 54 (2000), 130-138
"Brandon, Feats and Hocus Pocus: Jugglers Three"
by Philip Butterworth. TN 57 (2003), 89 - 106.
Also, there is apparently a contemporary magician who models himself on
the historical Hocus Pocus. His website, with title-page facsimiles and
a bit more info from Philip Butterworth, is at
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