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ROYAL ENTERTAINER.

PRINCE HENRY OF WALES AS A CONJUROR'S ASSISTANT. Thk Queen, by way of a birthday treat for her grandson Prince Henry of Wales, engaged Dr. Byrd-Page to give an entertainment at Buckingham Palace, and the popular prestidigitateur provided a special programme, in the performance of which he had the assistance of the little Prince. " I arrived at the Palace accompanied bymy friend, Mr. George Asliton," said Dr. Byrd-Page to a representative of the Daiiy Chronicle, and was ushered into a spacious room where sat the Queen, the Dowager Empress of. Russia, and Prince Henry. I realised at the outset that Her Majesty wished mo specially to entertain His Royal Highness, so I immediately suggested the formation of a.committee to watch me very closely,' and . this committee consisted of juvenile friends of Prince Henry, all of. whom occupied. the front seats. Her Majesty and the Empress were satisfied to occupy seats in the second row, in order that the youngsters might 'have a good view of everything, and throughout the afternoon the motherly instinct - of the Queen, if I may use the term, was specially noticeable. Her entire thoughts seemed' to be centred on the little ones in front of her. She wanted them to be pleased, and they had a rollicking time without any restraint whatever. ."After the committee had been formed I started to work, and my first trick was that known as -the golf ball in the bag. It mysteriously vanishes,.and equally mysterious is its reappearance. The bag containing the ball 1 held in my right hand, and I asked for someone in the audience to hold my wrist in order that there should be absolute proof that I had no wires concealed about my arm, and that the ball did not vanish up my veins! 'Prince Henry immediately volunteered to hold my arm, and he gripped it with great force. When he found the ball disappearing and appearing in tho bag at my command he was amusingly astonished. *He proved, however. a, very valuable and loyal assistant, and I am 'certain that if he had detected how the trick was done he ; would not have given me away. "Next I showed a somewhat complicated trick in which I introduce a dice and a tea caddy, from which eventually I obtain several clocks. I was explaining that the tea caddy had belonged to an old aunt of mine, and that it was interesting because it had two compartments. One was for tea and the other for—l hesitated.a moment, and then the merry .Prince Henry excitedly exclaimed coffee,' much'to the amusement of all present. "Finding he was willing again to assist me, .1 did my own trick—that of raising cards at will from . a glass. He walked round the compartment with the pack, and asked several ladies and gentlemen.to select a card, which was duly replaced by them in the pack. Afterwards the cards, without my touching them, were put by him into an ordinary glass, and I ' willed' those selected to appear one by one. Other tricks followed, so that the entertainment was prolonged over the time originally arranged for. '.-'

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ROYAL ENTERTAINER., New Zealand Herald, Volume XLV, Issue 13757, 23 May 1908, Supplement

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ROYAL ENTERTAINER. New Zealand Herald, Volume XLV, Issue 13757, 23 May 1908, Supplement

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