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Thomas Frost

#3 Biographies & History author

(16th December 1821 - 16th July 1908)

Although a political journalist with only a layman's knowledge of magical methods, he wrote the first history of magicians, The Lives of the Conjurors (London: 1876, 360pp; reprinted 1881, 353pp; facsimile repr of 1st ed 1971), a classic. Also wrote The Old Showmen and the Old London Fairs (London: 1874, 388pp; repr 1875 and 1881) and Circus Life and Circus Celebrities (1875, 328pp).

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The Lives of the Conjurors by Thomas FrostThis is considered one of the best early histories of magic.

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The present volume closes the series of works on the entertaining classes which I contemplated when writing Circus Life and Circus Celebrities, the greater part of which was written before The Old Showmen and the Old London Fairs was commenced, though the publication of the latter work preceded that of the former. In embracing within the present volume the lives of the conjurors of every period and every country, while the record of shows and showmen is confined to London and the suburban districts, (which may now be said to embrace a circle of twenty miles across,) and that of circuses...
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The Old Showmen and Old London Fairs by Thomas FrostA detailed chronology of places, dates and performers of fairs in and around London. We learn mostly of theatrical productions of various kinds including pantomime and dances, and menageries exhibiting exotic animals, and less so of tumbling and acrobats, juggling, balancing and the like. It includes some coverage of conjurers including Fawkes, Pinchbeck, Breslaw and others. There is some overlap of stories from Circus Life and Circus Celebrities because some performers and operators were active in both venues.
  • PREFACE
  • CHAPTER I: Origin of Fairs - Charter Fairs at Winchester and Chester - Croydon Fairs - Fairs in the Metropolis...
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Circus Life and Circus Celebrities by Thomas FrostA history of the circus in Britain during the 19th century. One chapter deals with America, another with circus slang. Perhaps most interesting are the recollections of a gymnast and how he made it into the circus.

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But of the circus artistes - the riders, the clowns, the acrobats, the gymnasts, - what do we know? How many are there, unconnected with the sawdust, who can say that they have known a member of that strange race? Charles Dickens, who was perhaps as well acquainted with the physiology of the less known sections of society as any man of his day, whetted public...
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