Book Review by kind permission of Chowkidar, the journal of the British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia
India dealt with an eclectic mixture of assorted fakirs, jaduwallahs,
jugglers and magicians. The arrival of Indian jugglers in Victorian
England caused a sensation, although the performers themselves made
little money and had to be repatriated. One man, Ramo Samee
(Ramaswami) was buried in a pauper's grave at St Pancras. The
famous rope-trick is examined in detail. An entertaining read.