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Conjuring in Shakespeare's Time
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0502  Thursday, 25 May 2006

From: 		Bill Lloyd <
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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

 >juglers
 >(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 
Seventeenth Century"
by N. W. Bawcutt, TN 54 (2000), 130-138

and

"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 
http://www.hocuspocusjr.com/hocvspocvsjr.htm.

Bill Lloyd

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