THE MODERN CONJURER
AND DRAWING-ROOM ENTERTAINER
C. LANG NEIL (1903)
The Art of Chapeaugraphy
Many Faces under One Hat
(Illustrated by photographs of Mons. Trewey,
the great French entertainer, who perfected and made popular this
accomplishment, which is suitable for amateurs of either sex;
also several photographs of Mdlle. Patrice.)
THE art of making a number of shapes of hats out of the brim
of a felt hat dates back to the year 1750. Tabarin, a French
comedian, it is recorded in a book of that date, performed the
feat of making some ten different hats, giving appropriate facial
portraits beneath each, and using wigs and beards and the usual
actors make ups in order to emphasize the various
In the year 1870, Mons. Fusier, one of the cleverest of French
comedian imitators, revived the Exercise of the Hat,
and he, also using make-up and wigs, gave some fifteen different
character portraits with the felt ring.
It was in the following year, 1871, that Mons.
Trewey, happening to be engaged at the Eldorado Theatre
at the same time as Fusier, saw him give his performance,
and slight and unfinished as it was, the quick judgment
and fertile brain of Trewey took a note of it and its
possibilities as an attractive item of entertainment.
So it was 1875 before Trewey practised, and with
considerable perseverance produced some thirty-two to
thirty-five differently shaped hats. He also decided
that, to make it a real artistic success, all the
different faces of the various characters beneath the
hats must be created by the pantomime of the
performers features, without a make-up of any kind.
His performance was an immediate success, and led to
engagements all over France...
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MORE NOVEL NOTIONS FOR Magical Entertainers.
ROBERTSON KEENE (c. 1907)
Originally Published by: A. W. Gamage, Ltd., Holborn, E.C. LONDON
A LESSON IN HAT MANIPULATION
The drawback to all the articles on this
subject, which I have ever seen, is, undoubtedly, want of
clearness and simplicity both in the written instruction and also
in the illustrations.
I have tried to combine in the present short article clear and
unmistakable instructions with a simple method of illustration,
showing clearly, by means of plain line drawings and A.B.C.
lettering, how each hat may be turned into the one next in order
to it, in a simple and unmistakable manner. If I have succeeded
in this endeavour, I shall feel well repaid for a somewhat
arduous and intricate task.
Having purchased your hat (from a reliable
firmGamages recommended), which consists simply of a
ring of felt with a beautiful circular nothing in the
middle, your first manipulation will be the work of
softening it, which is best done by heating it before a fire and
subsequently maltreating it by jumping on it, crushing it into a
ball, and, in fact, doing anything and everything with it short
of tearing it apart altogether!
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These two books together will give the beginner in
Chapeaugraphy an excellent start, but it takes Eleazar's
imagination to bring them up to date and into the 21st Century.
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