Ten-ji troupe 1907-1909

1907 February – Ten-ji troupe of Japanese magicians at the Liverpool Olympia

1907 The Ten-Ji quartette of Japanese magicians, who constitute one of the principal attractions this week, seems about the last thing possible in the illusory arts. Doubtless, as time goes on, we shall be still more mystified, but it is difficult to imagine it. The Ten-Ji troupe has quite the latest thing in box tricks, and their magic fountain must, to use a good old showman’s phrase, “be seen be believed.” (Birmingham Mail 19 February 1907)

1907 April – Tenji troupe in Paris – “not quite as good” as when they were in London (Music Hall & Theatre Review)

1908 November – THE Ten-Ji Troupe of Japanese Magicians at the Alhambra have a clever variant on the basket trick so popular with Indian fakirs. A girl is placed in a box scarcely large enough to hold her and securely fastened in. A dozen or more swords are then forced through every side of the box until it would seem that the occupant must be cut in slices. But when the swords are withdrawn, and the lid removed, the girl proves to be none the worse for her experience. They also introduce some amusing juggling with sprays of water. (Music Hall and Theatre Review)

1908 December – Tenji company of magicians at the Alhambra, London

1908 December – THE EMPIRE The Japanese troupe of jugglers, who astonished the packed holiday houses the Empire last night, ace most baffling in their cleverness. They have evidently re-discovered the secret of Aaron s rod. A wave of a wand and jete of water rise from everywhere, from a sword-blade, from the back of the head, and from the wand itself, until the master magician is half-hidden by the play of innumerable tiny fountains. One of the startling tricks of the Ten-Ji troupe is to enclose a charming little Japanese maiden in box and then pierce it through with swords running in all directions until becomes quite obvious that the martyred girl must be transfixed. To make her escape impossible a formidable spear is driven down the centre of the box. But when the weapons are withdrawn, and the folding doors are opened she emerges smiling and blooming all the glory of her carmine lips and cheeks. (Sheffield Daily Telegraph)

1909 January – in Scotland

1909 February – The Ten-Ji Troupe of Japanese magicians head the bill at the Palace this week. They present some remarkable illusions, including the production from sword points, attendants’ heads, etc., of jets of water! (Bristol)

1909 March – HANLEY GRAND THEATRE OF VARIETIES. The Ten-Ji troupe of Japanese magicians are due at the Hanley Grand Theatre of Varieties next Monday. This will be the first visit to the town of this very clever combination, which consists of three men and one woman. The party introduce many novel tricks by the use of water tanks

(last mention of Ten-Ji troupe in British media)