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Harry Rouclere

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Harry Rouclere
BornHarry Rouclere Terhune
June 3, 1866
Paterson, New Jersey
DiedFebruary 3, 1942 (age 75)
Ridgewood, New Jersey
Resting placeValleau Cemetery, Ridgewood, New Jersey

Harry Rouclere ( 1866-1942) was a successful magician by himself and with the mentalism act of Rouclere and Mildred.


A young Rouclere joined a circus with a trained dog at the age of nine, became a juggler with the team of Nelsonia and Rouclere before turning to magic. With his own show he toured the country. Most of his illusions were of his own invention. After his marriage to Miss Mildred May they formed the team of Mildred and Rouclere (also called the Mildred Novelty Company), a mind reading act which they named "Mildredism". On May 22nd 1892, they produced for the first time, a new version of mind reading, called " Pschynotism". Mildred was seemingly hypnotised by Rouclere while seated on a chair on the stage. Rouclere would go among the audience and requests a member to tell him in an undertone, what he wanted her to do. Rouclere would not speak and Mildred's eyes were closed.

Harry Rouclere was one of the early members of the Society of American Magicians, holding number 196. He was also one of the first aviators and airplane owners.

Rouclere took over his father's hotel in Ridgewood when he retired and entertained many friends there. The SAM Assembly No, 25 in Paterson, N. J., and named after him while he was still alive.

Rouclere died the day after finding out about the death of his old friend Elmer Ransom.

He and his wife were elected into the Society of American Magicians Hall of Fame.


  • Cover, Mahatma, Vol. 5, No. 1, July 1901, Mildred and Rouclere
  • Edwards' Monthly, Vol. 1, No. 9, October 1909, Harry Rouclere, page 7
  • Cover, The American Magician, Vol. 2, No. 6, September 1910, Mildred and Rouclere, page 99
  • The Sphinx, Vol. 28, No. 7, September 1929, Pages from the Life of a Magician, by Harry Rouclere, page 239
  • The Sphinx, Vol. 28, No. 12, February 1930, Pages from the Life of a Magician, by Harry Rouclere - Mind Reading, page 482
  • The Sphinx, Vol. 40, No. 12, February 1942, Harry Rouclere Dies, page 384
  • Cover, Genii Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 7, March 1942, Harry Rouclere, page 249
  • Tops Magazine, Vol. 7, No. 3, March 1942, Harry Rouclere Dies, page 25
  • M-U-M, Vol. 58, No. 10, March 1969, Testimonial to Harry Rouclere (a reprint), page 6
  • The Magic Circular, Vol. 92, No. 989, October 1998, A Rich Cabinet, by Edwin A. Dawes - 242. Ellington and Cooke, the English Spiritualist Mediums: A Tale of Harry Rouclere, page 273
  • The Magic Circular, Vol. 92, No. 990, November 1998, A Rich Cabinet, by Edwin A. Dawes - 243. Harry Rouclere: Magical Pioneer, Aviator and Flying Santa Claus, page 302
  • M-U-M, Vol. 102, No. 2, July 2012, The Nielsen Gallery, Mildred and Rouclere – Portrait, by Tom Ewing, page 54