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Maxim
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Hi everyone, I hope this morning/afternoon/evening finds you well.

Just to ask if anyone could clear up for me where Monsieur Hugard was from please? I thought he was French or Belgian as his name would suggest. But I think I read somewhere that he was actually Chinese. Is this true?

Thanks in advance,

Maxim.
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Apparently, Jean Huard was born as John Gerard Rodney Boyce (1871-1959), in Queensland (AUS). He did have a "Chinese" show called "Night in a Chinese Palace" under the name Ching Ling Foo.

I got this from this site (which is in German, by the way):

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Right on, John Gerard Rodney Boyce was born in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia on December 4, 1872 (not 71) to be exact.

As Jean Hugard, he presented the Chinese routine as a part of his full-evening magic show. He sailed from Australia on a world tour in 1913, and performed in New Zealand, the Fiji Islands, Samoa, and Hawaii en route to California.

When his feature mystery, the bullet-catch, was banned in the U.S.A. during the years of World War 1, Hugard played the vaudeville circuit with his Chinese act.

In 1919 he opened a theatre of magic at Coney Island, New York.

He retired from the stage in 1927 and started a second career as a writer and teacher of magic. His many excellent technical manuals and “Hugard’s Magic Monthly”, which he edited and published for 17 years made him a world authority on conjuring.

Although Hugard was deaf and had been blind for several years, he still dictated precise instructions until a week or so before he died in Brooklyn, New Your, on August 4, 1959, at the age of 86! (Melborne Christopher “The Illustrated History of Magic”, 1973,)
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Maxim
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So the chap was an Aussie, changed his name to a French one, but did a Chinese routine... interesting.

Thanks for the info.

Maxim.
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And lived over half of his life in the USA.
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