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No prison can hold me; no hand or leg irons or steel locks can shackle me. No ropes or chains can keep me from my freedom.
My Brain is the key that sets me free.
Never try to fool children, they expect nothing, and therefore see everything.
What the eyes sees, the ear hears, and the mind believes.
Never tell the auidience how good you are, they will soon find out for themselves.
Magic is the sole science not accepted by scientists, because they can't understand it.
Some say I do it this way, others say I do it that way, but I say I do it the other way.
Keep up your enthusiasm! There is nothing more contagious than exuberant enthusiasm.
The greatest escape I ever made was when I left Appleton, Wisconsin.
An old trick well done is far better than a new trick with no effect.
A magician is only an actor - an actor pretending to be a magician.
The secret of showmanship consists not of what you really do, but what the mystery-loving public thinks you do.
I always have on my mind the thought that next year I must do something greater, something more wonderful.
Look at this life - all mystery and magic.
Fire has always been and, seemingly, will always remain, the most terrible of the elements.
Anyone who believes in magic is a fool.
The Sun represents the right half of the body and the Moon the left half.
But then, so far as I know, I am the only performer who ever pledged his assistants to secrecy, honor and allegiance under a notarial oath.
Rosabelle - answer - tell - pray, answer - look - tell - answer, answer - tell.
My professional life has been a constant record of disillusion, and many things that seem wonderful to most men are the every-day commonplaces of my business.
Eating coals of fire has always been one of the sensational feats of the Fire Kings, as it is quite generally known that charcoal burns with an extremely intense heat.
Only one man ever betrayed my confidence, and that only in a minor matter.
The great trouble with magicians is the fact that they believe when they have bought a certain trick or piece of apparatus, and know the method of procedure, that they are full-fledged mystifiers.
I make the most money, I think, in Russia and Paris, for the people of those countries are so willing to be amused, so eager to see something new and out of the ordinary.
I do not believe that ghosts or spirits exist.
No performer should attempt to bite off red-hot iron unless he has a good set of teeth.
The pickpocket is usually very well dressed and of prepossessing appearance.
Another method of eating burning coals employs small balls of burned cotton in a dish of burning alcohol.
It is needless to say that women make the most patient as well as the most dangerous pickpockets.
I'm tired of fighting, Dash. I guess this thing is going to get me.
I'm tired of fighting...
They do tricks even I can't figure out.
Flames from the lips may be produced by holding in the mouth a sponge saturated with the purest gasoline.
My professional life has been a constant record of disillusion.
The eating of burning brimstone is an entirely fake performance.
The great day of the Fire-eater - or, should I say, the day of the great Fire-eater - has passed.
It is still an open question, however, as to what extent exposure really injures a performer.
Pickpockets either work alone or in pairs, or what is called a mob.
Disloyalty in trusted servants is one of the most disheartening things that can happen to a public performer.
How the early priests came into possession of these secrets does not appear, and if there were ever any records of this kind the Church would hardly allow them to become public.
I am a great admirer of mystery and magic. Look at this life - all mystery and magic.