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Magic related events from the year 1912.

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  • Harry Houdini was a headliner at Hammerstein's on that same bill from January 29-February 3 with comedian and satirist Will Rogers.
  • Houdini premieres his new Water Torture Cell escape during his fall tour with the Circus Busch in Germany calling it simple "The Upside Down".
  • Okito returns to performing, traveling with Howard Thurston's magic show, presenting a shadowgraphy. Thurston hired him to open the second half of his large stage show as well as take the position chief mechanic and designer.
  • Harry Willard leaves his father's show, at age 12, to join Christ Bros. Circus.
  • Great LaFollette was performing his Chinese act as Rush Ling Toy in Vaudeville.
  • Charles T. Aldrich was a star of the first Royal Command Variety Performance at the Palace Theatre in London.
  • Paul Rosini emigrates to the U.S.
  • The illusion Mascot Moth is featured in children's writer E. Nesbit play, "The Magician's Heart"
  • At the age of 16, Cliff Green enters vaudeville and played on bills with the Dolly Sisters, Nora Bayes, Milton Berle and George M. Cohan.
  • Gustave Fasola concludes his 2 year tour of Australia as "The famous Indian Fakir".
  • David Devant issued a newspaper "The Magic Mirror".
  • Ariel begins performing a full evening show.
  • Pauline, the stage hypnotist, was in London playing the Palladium Theatre.
  • Colta married Mimi Engle and they became known as "Colta & Colta".
  • Augustus Rapp writes a correspondence course in magic (although it does not sell very well).
  • On July 1, David Devant was selected to represent "the world of wizardry" at King George V's command performance at the Palace Theatre in London.
  • A young Maurice Rooklyn emigrate to Sydney, Australia with his family and within a few years he was already performing a magic act at the age of twelve with his brother.
  • Senor Mardo moves to the United States.
  • Walter Jeans creates his Silver Hat illusion which would later evolve into his Million Dollar Mystery.
  • The film "Spiritualism Exposed" exposes the preparations of a seance.
  • Wong Tong Sun exposes the Bullet Catch which [[Jean Hugard] was performing at the time (who ended up getting got a boost in attendance).
  • The Chase's Theater in Washington, D.C. opens, which will host many vaudeville magicians.
  • Clarence T. Hubbard starts doing lyceum and club work.
  • Boston magic manufacturer, Milton Chase retires due to ill health.
  • Claude Leaf moves to the United States.
  • William Wagner gives his first public performance, at the age of 20.