Hocus Pocus...

Hello all,

I guess most of you have seen this image before:


But I just found it again in a gorgeous book on magic recently released by Taschen and though that it would be nice to share it here. If I recall correctly, Hocus Pocus Junior was printed in 1634. It was a legerdemain manual.


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Re: Hocus Pocus...

Here Hocus lies with his tricks and his knocks,
Whom death hath made sure as his Juglers Box:
Who many hath cozen'd by his leiger-demain,
Is presto convey'd and here underlain:
Thus Hocus he's here, and here he is not,
While death plaid the Hocus, and brought him toth pot.

Epitaph of William Vincent aka the Juggler Hocus Pocus.

From Magic on the Early English Stage by Philip Butterworth p.23

While on the subject of death, it was an actual juggler if I recall right whose name is only one of actuall personages to be included in a dance of death (gowers version?). Forgoing that is the possible name of macabre to the genre itself.

Hocus pocus was discussed a bit on the AT thread here:

http://www.tarotforum.net/showthread.ph ... ight=Pocus
Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different.
T. S. Eliot

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