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1907 Prof Samri S Baldwin White Mahatma Signed Letter Magician Demons Magic For Sale

1907 Prof Samri S Baldwin White Mahatma Signed Letter Magician Demons Magic


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5th Tour Around The World.
Samri S. Baldwin The Original White Mahatma

and A Superb Company of Entertainers

No. 19th, 1907 original letter and envelope written and mailed to Samuel Cuddeback Esq. thanking him for a very pleasant evening conducted by Mr. Cuddeback and describing himself not as a "professing Christian". Signed (?) S. S. Baldwin. Letter is 8 1/2" by 10 1/2".

Photo of S. S. Baldwin surrounded bydemons and skulls. A demon is painting the framed photo of Mr. Baldwin with fire in a basket. The demon at the lower page edge is rope tied to a chair as if a magic trick. The decorations are embossed. Marked Geo A. Sook, Phila at lower right of illustration.

Envelope is about 4 3/4" by 3 3/4". Postmarked Nov. 19th, 1907 to Port Jervis, New York. Illustrated with a skull in hat smoking a pipe.

Samri Baldwin "The White Mahatma" (1848-1924) was born Samuel Spencer Baldwin in Cincinnati, Ohio.

He enlisted in the U.S Army at the age of thirteen and fought in the Civil War.

As a young man, Baldwin became fascinated with magic while watching the Davenport Brothers perform their cabinet routine.

He began his career as a magician but achieved fame as a mentalist. He may have been the first magician to do a stage escape from handcuffs.

He performed Spirit Cabinet tricks and was the first to take the "question and answer" mentalism act to the stage. He created the phrase "somnomency" or trance-talking, to describe his act, which he called "Rosicrucian Somnomency".

He developed a two-person mentalism act featuring his first wife Clara, also later with his second wife, Kitty Baldwin.

Although Samri was careful to declare himself a magician and not a medium, he was nonetheless regarded by many in his audiences as a psychic.

In the 1920s, Baldwin was a technical consultant on the Thurston show.

Baldwin published a newspaper (in actuality a program) in the early 1890s called Baldwin's Illustrated Butterfly

In Magic: A Pictorial History of Conjurers in the Theatre, David Price noted that Baldwin was associated with a Spiritualist church near the end of his life.

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