The Curious Demise of Robert Hammersly: Edmund The Magician’s Final Act

You remember Edmund Robere, the Mad Magician of 857 Divisadero Street?  We sketched a brief portrait of him in Part 5 of The House On Divisadero Street.   Here, thanks to the miracle of inter-library microfilm loans, is an addendum to his story: the San Francisco Chronicle’s story as it appeared on June 11, 1964.

1964 06 11 Hammersley 1_edited-2 This is from the Chron in its racy heyday. You’d think they could have thrown in a  little more showbiz.  His full story remains to be told.

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4 thoughts on “The Curious Demise of Robert Hammersly: Edmund The Magician’s Final Act

  1. Yes, I vote for a full disclosure on the life of Edmund the Magician. Someone needs to do it. Aren’t you just puttering around in the potting shed? Off to San Francisco, at once!

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  2. Thanks for displaying this item, PonderPig – an important sequel to the 857 Divisadero Story. I don’t suppose many of your readers realise just how much trouble you went to to get hold of this clipping, so I won’t breathe a word.
    I notice that the reporter left the real juicy bits out, but of course the Chronicle is a family newspaper, and it wouldn’t do if all the kids in the Bay Area started to have nightmares.
    But WE know …

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  3. oh…. wow. we’d be driving home from a gig in rodney old dodge van and he would tell me fables about, as he would always put it, “edmund the magician who blew himself up.” thanks for the memories….

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