Indeed, Sanger met a violent end, though not as a result of any professional rivalry.
Having retired to his farm in north London, he was killed by one of his farm hands in an unprovoked attack in 1911 at the age of 84.
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One such was a mechanical humanoid – in reality an ingeniously fashioned puppet – that he called Psycho, who played whist and drew lifelike sketches as the audience looked on.
Remember, this was a full century before animatronics was dreamt of.
Magic has been around since the dawn of man, but it wasn’t until the latter half of the 19th century that it transmogrified into a form of mass entertainment.
In a new exhibition, There Will Be Fun, the British Library has joined forces with the Magic Circle Museum to look at the life and work of four popular Victorian illusionists – Evanion, John Nevil Maskelyne, Lord George Sanger and Annie De Montford – along with the comedy performer Dan Leno, not an illusionist but someone who created his own kind of magic on stage.