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About six years ago Professor S. S. Baldwin and Mrs Clara Baldwin, the American clairvoyants and mesmerists, created quite a sensation in Australia and Vew Zealand, and now, after a complete voyage round the world, are again touring the colonies. They will appear at the Oddfellows’ Hall, Wills street, next Monday and Tuesday evenings, in their laughable and peculiar entertainment, comprising thought reason (or mind revealing, as it is sometimes called), clairvoyancy, mesmerism, and witchcraft generally. Professor Baldwin gives all the mind reading feats of W, Irving Bishop and Stuart Cumberland that have recently been attracting so much attention in England, such as finding a small pin while he is blindfolded (the pin having been hid by a committee of the moat prominent citizens); also, telling the numbers on a bank note that is held in the pocket of any one of the audience. In addition to these peculiar novelties, which have never been given in New Zealand by any one, Mrs Baldwin’s c'airvoyancy forms a most interesting item. People in the audience are requested merely to think of any question they wish answered, and, although these queries are not mentioned to any one, yet Claraßaldwin, while in the mesmeric trance state, gives correct answers to these mental questions,and then states the'question. Itissaid that sho often tel's the whereabouts of lost or stolen articles, gives the addresses of long lost or absent friends, and other things of that nature. Professor Baldwin’s talk is-of the most amusing nature, and is said to keep the audience in roars of laughter. In fact, tha Professor calls his entertainment “ The funniest show in the world,” and, judging from the press notices we have aeon, it fully deserves the title. Speaking of Professor Baldwin’s entertainment while in Edinburgh, the Scotsman says: “ Professor Baldwin aoked the Lprd Provost to hide a small knife in any part of the ball. While the Lord Pcovost was hiding the knife Professor Baldwin left the room unoer the charge of Captain St John. After the Provost had hidden the knife in a corner of the hall, distant from the stage, the Professor was brought in blindfolded. He took the Provost’s hand, placed it to his forehead, and then pushed off at a rate so rapid that the Provost cou d scarcely keep up with him. After stumbling over several chairs he went direct to the spot and found the knife. The audience applauded heartily. ” Mr Hector Laoie, tho sextuple voiced Indian ventriloquist, is engaged by Professor Baldwin as a special attraction, and causes great amusement.

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PROFESSOR AND MRS BALDWIN., Ashburton Guardian, Volume V, Issue 1510, 10 April 1885

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PROFESSOR AND MRS BALDWIN. Ashburton Guardian, Volume V, Issue 1510, 10 April 1885