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On Saturday night, at Bis Majesty's Theatre, ibis company opened a season’of seven performances. A fair-sized audience assembled. Probably the attendance during the week will improve, for first-nighters usually make a nioie or less reliable report, to the public in general, and if the truth lie told in this case it will go forth to amuswncnt-scekoi s tliat Mr Hugard and his company provide at the low tariff of an entertainment the leading features >•{ which equal anything we have scan from com panto* that assess their value at double the price. Madam Carroll controls the orchestra, which played an overture, fairly well, and subsequently did good work—some of it clever—in lie-- vay of accompaniment and illustration. Mr Hugard occupied the stage for awhile with a succession of magical surprises mostly to do with cards. He palms skilfully, his sleight-of-hand is clean, and it. takes original and occasionally humorous developments, and lie is apparently as good as his predecessors in that extension of the inexhaustible set trick which produces bulky and varied articles front tin* void. On Saturday night he capped his feats by dragging a. live dog from inside, the coat of one of the gentlemen who went on the stage. Wo congratulate Mr Hugard on his all-round -success. Not cnce was there the semblance of an error, except for comedy purposes, and withal lie is a diverting and pleasant sort of wizard, comical on polite, lines. The only him we. have to give him is that he might speak a little sk.v or and soniev hat lovder. Much of ilia amusing palter was lost to tho back seals on Saturday. Mi Te<l Allan sings topical songs amd tells yarns - . He is a low comedian hi evening dress ‘ Tipperaiy ’ was ono of his thief hits. Miss .Myra Brrington undortook a threefold duty. At her first intranet* sho sang a ballad’ aciocablv. I hen she somewhat surprised the audience with her uaiquetionablo skill on tho xylophone, this being played to an accompaniment by the or chestra. In our judgment this part of Miss HrringtonV pciiormaneo was o;e linctly (lever. Then she made music witli met al'discs set spinning on a table. It was good munc, ascending to Mascheroni's ‘ Ave Maria,’ and so well presented that the a udicnc-o ixkcd for money getting by way of answer a pot pound of airs on tin' xylophone. The lii>t pan loncludcd with what was hilled us the great t file feat. Mr Hugard presented binis-df as a target for three rifles. He held a- black square of velvet over his chest . a. red spot indicating the region of the heart, and fie stood for three. Territorials to shoot at the red spot. e have no Tet n • t" unc.*s the secret of tintrick. I (no thing, however, is quite sure—name A, that tin; .-hooters were not- conJedoratcs. they were throe young men belonging to th-*4ih Ib'giment. They used their own regimental i itles—that, also, is sure. Mr Hugard handed an unopened packet, of curti idges to .1 man from the audience, and lie cilose thw. Mr llligiii'l dipped the ends of thc.-c into pondered chalk, and -so far as tho audience saw three were Tim carl ridges that Mr Hngatd put- into the breeches of the rifles. Tim riflemen vein into the auditorium and from there tired—together, and three < hu■ k marks appeared on the velvet. We have reasems for supposing that- the shooters wete us much mystified as the audience. ( iivalli and Ids dog Sport provided ;» paitmularly interesting turn. The shorthaired rjranie lie amazingly v.ise. and th« r'narm ol the turn was that, it wa*. entirely free from a suevestinn of trickery. Hi other words, it was not too i lever in. the sense of testing one’s credulity. The dog's doings were to the limit of but not bolond a dog’s powers. As a wind-up Sport posed on an upturned chair, one paw Of each of the fed, and in that poeitior Citvab'i balanced the load on his chin. The Franklins are an English comedy pair, personating on tins occasion a hitsband and wife who wrangle and coo in alternation. They talk well and dress well and sing acceptably, and all their goings-on aro full of animation. Miss Millie (Tare came on to sing immo: - ous songs. bhe has a strong and sure voice, and sings in tune, and she makes h<w points with practised skill. The tenth aid last item on a ■well-varied programme was the appearance of Ching thing Loo, a conjurer who has a very wide repertory. It was quite a treat to see from him a revival of tiie flower-pot trick and the compounding of good drinkable coffee from uciground beans and sawdust. Ching Hung Loo does these things in the way of the wizards who delighted our fathers, and lie adds elaborations cf his own, as, for instance, taking the rooster as it comes out of tho htewpun and making it perch on a revolver from which he twice fires. His illusions also take new turn?. The. suspended lady is at first balanced on the points of two ids, and the appearing nymph comes not out of a cabinet but from the interior of a beautiful shell. Then his piaper-pattern making is truly wonderful. The whole act is splendidly equipped with rare and gorgeous appointments, and Ching .Sung Loo seems to us to lie. as smart as any of the magicians who have Gravelled this way.

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HUGARD’S ENTERTAINERS, Evening Star, Issue 15657, 23 November 1914

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HUGARD’S ENTERTAINERS Evening Star, Issue 15657, 23 November 1914