Thursday, March 9, 2023

Zancigs, Julius and Agnes, Pioneer Mindreaders


Julius and Agnes Zancig were pioneer Mindreader during the early 20th Century. Their catch phrase was "Two Mind But With One Thought" They were very popular in their day. Agnes passed away  in 1918 when the couple lived in Washington D.C. . Julius remained and carried on the act. He eventually passed way in 1929 in Santa Monica California.

The learn more about the Zancigs, please check out my podcast at

Agnes Zancig- born 1849 in Copenhagen Denmark, died April 8th, 1918 in Washington D.C. She is buried in the Greenlawn Cemetery in D.C.  Section E, Lot 7, Site 2.

Julius Zancig - born 1857 in Copenhagen Denmark, died July 29th, 1929 in Santa Monica CA. He is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica, Section 10, Lot 26 D. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Ira Davenport

Ira Erastus Davenport was one half of the Davenport Brothers. His brother William Henry being the other brother. In the mid 1800s they presented a Spirit Cabinet effect to great acclaim during the rise of Spiritualism. They performed it in the States and in Europe and South America. 

William Henry died in Australia and his brother essentially gave up the act at that point. He returned to Mayville NY, not far from the Spiritualism capital of Lily Dale. 

In later life he befriended Houdini and shared with him his technique that was used to produce the various spirit phenomenon. The brothers never claimed to have supernatural powers, nor did they claim they were fakes. They left that up to the audience to decide.

He died in 1911. Ira is bored in the Mayville Cemetery, in Mayville NY. plot 0132 B2


Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Chevalier Ernest Thorn's Grave


Chevalier Ernest Thorn was one of the greatest illusion designer/creators of the 19/20th Century, but he is sadly mostly forgotten today. I have a blog article on his illusions that you can find here: as well as a podcast episode on his life, which you can find here:

He died May 21st, 1928 and is buried in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Leipzig Germany.