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Marsh, Richard: The Mahatma’s Pupil. v1. 16-Jun-2021

One of Marsh’s earliest novels takes a heartily humorous look at the practice of magic.

Genteel John Redford is accosted by a seedy fellow who begs for the price of a meal. His name is Mr. Pye and he claims he’s a magician. […] It seems that an ancient spirit, a Mahatma, made a serious error of judgment: summoned by a Theosophist, the Mahatma chose to appear instead to the man’s servant. He then instructed the lowly Mr. Pye in the basics of wizardry. Unfortunately Mr. Pye makes a thoroughly muddled magician. His spells go wrong every time.

[…] The plot is pure comedy, if not downright slapstick, with lots of witty dialog and a dash of romance. Mr. Pye is thoroughly engaging as a luckless illusionist.
(—“Patto”, Amazon review)

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Richard Marsh (12 October 1857 – 9 August 1915) was the pseudonym of English author Richard Bernard Heldmann. One of the most popular and prolific authors of the late-Victorian and Edwardian periods, he is best known now for his supernatural thriller novel The Beetle, which for a time outsold Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Marsh produced nearly 80 volumes of fiction and numerous short stories, in genres including horror, crime, romance and humor.

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