The SAR Magazine

Winter 2018

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By Andrea Mower " H oney, have you seen my blue knee britches?" This is a statement most 21st-century wives do not hear coming from their husbands. My husband, however, has a unique occupation. Tim Mower is a professional magician. A large majority of his work comes from performing as a Colonial Conjurer, "Levram the Great." Tim, a lifelong Pennsylvania resident who currently resides in Exton, combined his love of magic, theater and history to create his Colonial Conjurer show. Most wives pick up their husband's shirts and suits at the dry cleaners. I, however, am busy pressing weskits and knee britches and polishing buckled shoes. Tim rotates three complete costumes—and it all needs to be washed and pressed weekly. The name "Levram" was created more than 20 years ago after Tim was hired to perform at a Renaissance festival. He needed a name that would sound mystical enough for a wizard. We remembered a magician by the name of Alucard. (Dracula spelled backward), so we started writing down names on paper backward. I still say I came up with Levram (Marvel), but Tim insists that he came up with the moniker. It will go down as one of the greatest arguments we ever had! The Medieval Wizard routine did not hold much interest for Tim, but he thought the name would work equally as well for a Colonial Conjurer. Tim always loved the American Colonial period. When I assist with his Colonial act, I am known simply as "The Wench." You should see the women's faces in the audience when I am introduced in that manner! They soon learn that I really give it back to Levram during the show. When I am unable to work with Tim, he dresses an audience member in "Colonial Wench" attire and makes him (yes, him!) do ridiculously silly antics! This is one of his funniest routines. Colonial credits include the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia (more than 2,000 performances), The Senate House in Kingston, New York, performances at Jefferson's Poplar Forest, Pottsgrove Manner, The New Jersey State Living History Fair and Tryon Palace's Christmas ball. Tim's show correctly portrays magic from the 18th century by using all materials, props and costumes that would have been available at the time. He based his amusing character on real- life 18th-century American conjurer Jacob Meyer, otherwise known as Philadelphias Philadelphia; ironically, he never performed in the United States. Tim is a member of the National Sons of the American Revolution (188081) and the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (12519); his Patriot ancestor is Joseph Benjamin, a soldier and trumpeter in the Revolutionary War. Benjamin served under Capt. Light Horse Harry Lee and was involved in the battles of the Brandywine and Germantown. He was at Valley Forge and was discharged at Burlington, New Jersey on April 1, 1779. When Tim is not performing his Colonial magic act, he can be found doing contemporary magic in his comedy hypnosis show, Hypno-Trip, Journey of the Mind, as well as keeping busy with print model and commercial acting work. For more information about Tim, visit 10 SAR MAGAZINE Tim Mower: Colonial Conjurer

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