Christian Bailly (1987), Automata, The Golden Age, 1848-1914, p. 162.
Antonia Fraser (1972), A History of Toys, p. 109, for a similar magician in identical costume.
The magician is illustrated as No. 592 in Silber and Fleming's 1885 catalogue and described:
'Mechanical Piece, under a glass shade, representing a Monkey Conjuror. Richly dressed figure standing behind a table, on which is a small glass shade with three dice. The figure places a small brass cover over the shade and then raises it, the numbers on the dice changing meanwhile. Two airs of music. height 28 inches, length 19 inches.'