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He shut these doors and opened the other two in the front. They disclosed a space twice the width of the first compartment, holding fewer pieces of mechanism— two horizontally suspended quadrants, a few spring barrels and rods. Another small door at the rear was unlatched, and the light from the candle played on this area. After all the doors were closed, the Baron revolved the chest to display the back of the Turk. He lifted the robes and opened panels to reveal clockwork inside. The panels were shut; the costume was adjusted; and the chest was again spun so that the Turk to the top of the chest.
Hocus parlance in England to describe both a magician Some writers thought the phrase came into the lan- after it became customary for Italian performers to appeal to "Ochus Bochus," a long-dead wizard, to assist them in their conjuring. " Some members of the clergy later accused the magicians of profaning "Hoc est enim Corpus meum/' the Latin words spoken by guage priests at the Mass. This is most solemn moment of the sacramental ritual of the unlikely considering the difficulties conjurers had had with the Church in the Thomas Ady, past.
Where, when, or how this colorful conjurer died Another Italian of this period presented come The First WonderWorkers conjuring classic. Abram not known. a feat that was to be- Colorni, court engineer in 1574 to and constructed such useful things as a collapsible boat, an extension ladder, and a rapidfiring gun. For relaxation he gave magic shows for his friends. He performed with (aids in the manner of Soma and Scotto. and he devised at least two unusual mysteries: in the first, words thought of by a spectator appeared on the Eace <>i a playing card where the pips had been; and in the second, selected cards were placed in the pack Don 22 a is Alfonso III, Duke of Ferrara, invented and rose of their own accord at his command.
The Illustrated History of Magic by Milbourne Christopher