The tricks of M. Hermann, the Viennese conjuror, are amusing the idle part of Paris. M Hermann, unlike the “mediums ” who perform tricks and call them miracles, does miracles and calls them tricks. M. Jules Claretie is responaUA for the accuracy of the folio was engaged in the oifficLW task of amusing that monarch “ who lives the life of a wounded rabbit in a hole ” —the Sultan. The scene was a boat moored in the Bosphorus. “ Will you oblige me,” said Hermann to the Grand Vizier, “by throwing your watch overboard?” The Vizier looked doubtful, but the Sultan nodded, and the watch sank glittering through the sea. “ Now,” said Hermann, “will some one kindly give me a fishingrod ?” A was brought, a line and a hook, which the conjurer baited before the eyes of the Pidishah, as a Pushtoo contemporary calls the Sultan. Hesoonhad a nibble, struck, and after and exciting interval had a fine fish in the landing net. Hermann opened the fish, and took out the Vizier’s watch, still keeping capital time. Hermann can juggle as well for the wily Muscovite as the gallant Turk. While amusing the leisure of the Autocrat of all the Russians he broke a iarge and magnificent mirror. The superstitious potentate winced, for to break a mirror is unlucky, and a curtain was thrown ever the glass. Hermann w T ent on with his tricks for a while, then suddenly exclaimed, “ I forgot the glass ; look at it!” The curtain was removed, and there was the mirror, whole and unharmed.
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