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AMUSEMENTS, Issue 15629, 21 October 1914
MAGIC, MYSTERY, AND MIRTH. LEROY, TALMA, AND BOSCO. Anyone but a theatrical manager (who is usually as timid ns ho appears bold) would have sized up Dunedin weeks ago, if it existed on his map of enterprises, as a town awaiting diversion, and a fruitful field for legitimate plunder. Thus, Mr E. J. Carroll scored a hit square in the bull’s-eye of popular favor last night when he presentd those diabolically clever magicians Leroy, Talma, and Bosco at His Majesty's Theatre, supported bythree first-rate vaudeville acts. The great audience found that these three masters of manipulation were able at once to perform the functions of amusement and bewilderment with a skill that yielded nothing to the most laborious feats of attention. Much that they did has been done, and done well, before, but never with such tireless facility as that which last night struck and inflamed the curiosity of overy unit in the house. It was charlatanry (using the word without its ignoble sense) carried to the power of infinity. You. might puzzle for the 100 th time over the bafiling quickness of their devilish prestidigitation, and yet be defeated. But the great secret of the trio's success lay in the ensemble, in the method by which spectacular mystery was joined with entertainment. Never for a moment did that restless taskmaster Leroy allow the senses of his auditors to stop spinning, to reflect “ this is curious, but rather boring.” The mute accomplices—spectacular effects and a host of assistants —enabled the entertainers to alternate the most complicated illusions with feats of sheer digital dexterity and passages of buffoonery—such as the coin manipulation of Mile Talma and the amusing activities of Bosco and the dog Napoleon. Nothing, for example, could be more diverting than Bosco’s lecture on inventions, an admirable example of the ridendo dicere verum method. Leroydisclosed the levitation mystery, the disappearing bird illusion, the Hindu hanging rope trick, and a host of greater illusions in a manner hitherto unexampled here; and amongst his more spectacular and imposing deceptions may be instanced the bewildering ‘Ghostly Visitants’ and ‘Thrown to the Lion.’ The latter is a three-scene pantomimic drama, in which a Roman maiden is thrown into the lion’s cage, and her lover saves her by dissipating the animal into thin air. The lion used in th.'s spectacle was a v.ery real one —albeit a little decrepit—and the mystery was cleverly contrived and most astutely climaxed The girl entered the cage, there was a flash of powder, and the lion was gone. But there is no need to describe further what only loses in the telling. Suffice it to say that Leroy, Talma, and Bosco are the most bold and original, as well as the most amusing, mystery makers wc have seen; and to add only this: that viewed merely as a spectacle the performance is striking. The three supporting acts are all worthy of their company. Some clover juggling and balancing by “ The Unknown ” introduced the show. Warner and White appeared late in the evening in an exhibition of eccentric dancing never rivalled in this town ; and Santncci exploited the piano-accordion in a remarkable fashion, introducing patriotic airs that literallylifted the audience to their feet.
The company appear again to-night, and their offering can be commended almost without reservation.
FELLERS’ PICTURES. The chief attraction at the King’s Theatre is 'The Battle of Louvain,’ which gives views of the German attack on the city. ’As You Sow’ is the chief drama. The current programme will be shown again to-night. HAYWARDS’ PICTUITES. A picture showing in graphic fashion the attack upon Louvain and the sack of the city is the chief picture of the current programme at the Octagon Hall, where nightly large attendances of tho public enjoy themselves to the full in viewing the pictures. The same films will bn screened again to-night. PLAZA PICTURES. Included in the current programme at the Plaza Pictures is ‘ The Opal Ring,’ a powerful dramatic study. ’A Modern Fairy Tale' and ‘ The Isle of Skye ’ are two of the supporting pictures. The same programme will be shown again to-night. QUEEN’S THEATRE. A picture giving views of the capture and sack of Louvain by the Germans heads the current programme at the "Queen's "Theatre. Another stirring film shows-our Expeditionary Force marching through Wellington. The theatre will be open Tonight. OTAGO LABOR DAY ASSOCIATION. The committee of the above-named association have decided to celebrate their 25th annivensary by holding a picnic and sports on .Monday "next at Evanadate. A very attractive programme has been arranged, consisting of Highland dancing, running, waltzing, and competitions, etc. Dot water and milk will be provided free, also toys and lollies for all the children. Trains will leave Dunedin at 9.soand 10.10 a.m. The later tiain will stop at Upper Port Chalmers. Return fare: Adults, 2s--6d ; children. Is 3d. Tickets can only be obtained from membeis of the committee. I NATIONAL RESERVE BAND CONCERT. The National Reserve Band concert, to be hold in the Garrison Hall to-morrow evening, promises to be a great success. A very excellent programme has been arranged. Tire National Reserve Band will be heard in the following numbers; March, ‘ National Reserve Band ’ (Squarise) ; overture. ‘La Lyres D'Or ’ ; selection, ‘Carnival’ and ‘La Forza Del Destine’ (Verdi); and mai'ch_ (Squarise). The programme will also include the following items:—Bong, ’Come Into the Garden, Maud,’ Mr W. E. M‘Kin ];* v ; cjoxjtf» ‘"Vlarboi* s>ong,’ 'Mis-?-Mabel Ksquilant; duel, ’Springtime,’ Miss M. Esquilant and Mr W. E. l;,v; recitation. ‘ Gunga Din’ (Kipling), Mr ,S H. Osborn : pianoforte solo, •March Militaire,’ Miss G. M. Stoneham ; song, ‘God Same the King,’ Mr R. Bryant. Theaccompanists for the concert are Misses G. M. Stoneham and L M’Laien. From the foregoing it w 1! be seen that an excellent programme has been arranged for this concert, and the proceeds arc to go toward fully equipping the band. ’The citizens have -ecogiiised that the National Reserve, is an organisation worthy of every support, and as it is essential that the reserve should have a band associated witli it for its parades, eta., we are confident that the public will patronise this concert in large numbers, and thus enable the committee to raise sufficient funds to properly equip the band.
AMUSEMENTS, Issue 15629, 21 October 1914
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