Regency Era Conjuring
In the late 1700’s and early 1800’s, the days of Jane Austen, Napoleon, and King George III, conjurers began their quest to perform as real artists and entertainers. These “Professors of Natural Philosophy,” as many conjurers were called, often performed in legitimate theaters, rented taverns, or private parlors and drawing rooms of the elite and nobles of Europe.
Even here is the United States, some of the first conjuring performers were seen in theaters from Boston and New York, to the far south of New Orleans in the early 19th century.
It is this far gone era that Professor DR Schreiber emulates through his Regency Era Conjuring performance. He leads his audience on a journey through the history of the end of the 18th century and early 19th century, a time when the world was on the brink of the industrial revolution.
Professor DR Schreiber has performed this Regency Era conjuring for literary appreciation groups such as Jane Austen Society members, re-enactment groups, such as those remembering the War of 1812, history enthusiasts, costumer guilds, historical dance clubs, as well as fans of the Regency period.
Professor DR Schreiber brings a truly unique form of entertainment, straight out of the history books, to your next gathering.
In the late 18th and early 19th Century, many believed that the future would hold wonderful and miraculous inventions and discoveries, many of which have yet to be. From mind control devices to time travel, anything and everything seemed possible as the world entered into the industrial revolution. Innovators such as Benjamin Franklin harnessed the power of lightning. Theories of thought transference had been proposed by Dr. Franz Mesmer. Machines in the form of automatons could perform complex and difficult computations and tasks. And bigger steam powered machines could force the land around us to adhere to our will. The innovations and discoveries of the late 18th Century sparked the imagination of the public and planted the seeds for future generations of dreamers.
The conjurers of the late 18th and early 19th Century grew these ideas into full displays for all to see and experience. Cultivating the theories, innovations and discoveries of the early scientists and inventors, the conjurers used their skill in the magical arts to create, in reality, what the public could only dream. Many of the first automatons, complex clockwork machines, were designed, built, or demonstrated by conjurers.
It is this connection between the fiction of what early science proposed and the reality of what late 18th and early 19th Century conjurers created that perhaps opened the door for future science fiction and later steam punk enthusiasts.
Professor DR Schreiber’s performance once again sparks the imagination of the public with his examination of what history could have been. Just as the conjurers of the past, he explores the possibilities of what could be.
In addition to his performances, Professor DR Schreiber lectures on the steampunk connection to late 18th and early 19th Century conjurers, scientists, and innovators. He has performed and lectured for steampunk explorers, enthusiasts and dreamers, and he is available to be a part of your next adventure.
19th Century Conjuring
Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle shared a special relationship with one of the magic world’s most famous performers, Harry Houdini. Many historians believe that this connection may have influenced Conan Doyle’s writings.
Join the Historical Conjurer, Professor DR Schreiber, as he explores the history behind the Conan Doyle and Houdini friendship and its falling out, and demonstrates some of the scientific techniques employed by 19th century conjurers.
Professor DR Schreiber has performed this Sherlock Holmes themed conjuring for literary appreciation groups such as Sherlock Holmes Society members, the International Sherlock Holmes exhibit, history enthusiasts, costumer guilds, as well as fans of the Edwardian/Victorian period.
Professor DR Schreiber brings a truly unique form of entertainment, straight out of the literature and history books, to your next gathering.
Dickens Christmas Conjuring
Christmas holds its own wondrous magic within its grasp, but in the very early 19th Century a wonderful storyteller, whose name has become synonymous with Christmas, embraced conjuring as an amateur artist. This conjurer was the famous author Charles Dickens.
Each year at the celebration of Twelfth Night, the festival honored in the classic song Twelve Days of Christmas, Charles Dickens would don his mystical apparel and entertain his friends and family with a conjuring performance.
In his Dickens Christmas conjuring performance, Professor DR Schreiber explores the dreams and tales of Charles Dickens and the early Victorian time. This Dickens Christmas conjuring performance is well suited for families and children and involves audience participation, storytelling and fun for all.
Professor DR Schreiber can add an interesting element of Dickens entertainment to your holiday celebration.