Last week Jud Petrie asked for more information about the enigmatic magician "Professor King". -Editor
Jud Petrie adds:
I do have some information, but don't have the personal information on him, such as dates and places of birth and death. Bill Groom wrote an
article on Professor King in the June 2017 NATCA 'Talkin Tokens'. King was probably a charlatan and fraudster. He was involved in a
lawsuit over a scam in St. Albans Vermont where due to an error a prize went to someone other than the predetermined winner. I also have a newspaper
article from February 1905 where Professor King, or someone using that name, performed a magic show in Homer, NY.
Ron Haller-Williams writes:
Julia Casey writes:
I wanted to forward a few notices I found from 1863 newspapers. I think based on the legends of the token being a near match to the wording used
in the advertisements that this token can be dated to the Civil War token era.
Thanks, everyone. Julia also sent me the complete text of Bill Groom's article. -Editor
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: MAY 12, 2019 : Information Sought on Magician Professor
Wayne Homren, Editor
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