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One of the world’s foremost magicians, Will Nicol was the picture of confidence when he set out on his eighth and final world tour in 1938. A 1939 advertisement in a Singapore newspaper touted one of his final performances before the tour was cut short due to World War II.

British mine sank Monmouth magician’s career

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The British-India steamer S.S. Sirdhana would end up at the bottom of Singapore harbor, along with 50 tons of Nicola’s magical apparatus.

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Editor and historian for Monmouth College. Avid researcher of western Illinois history for 40 years. FB and Twitter. jrankin@monmouthcollege.edu

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