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Blackstone, a Magician’s Life

Blackstone, a Magician’s Life: The World and Magic Show of Harry Blackstone, 1885-1965 Blackstone, a Magician’s Life  by Daniel Waldron is a well-researched biography of Harry Blackstone Sr. — from  interviews with surviving members of Blackstone’s shows, as well as written records. In addition, it’s also a very...
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Fact Checking HOUDINI The Miniseries

Fact checking Houdini the miniseries, by John Cox
Editorial review of Fact Checking HOUDINI The Miniseries, by John Cox, courtesy of Amazon.com In 2014 the HISTORY channel aired a new biopic about the world’s most famous magician and escape artist, Harry Houdini. Written by Nicholas Meyer and starring Adrien Brody, it promised to tell the “cradle...
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Children Laugh Louder

Children Laugh Louder, by David Ginn - bonus 2-hour DVD included
Children Laugh Louder, by David Ginn I’ve been a fan of David Ginn for many years, since I first read his book, Clown Magic — David is not a clown, but he is one of the great children’s magicians of our time, with decades of experience. I’m glad...
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The Magic World of the Amazing Randi

The Magic World of the Amazing Randi - mystifying tricks easily performed by wizards of all ages. Including tricks by such world renowned magicians as David Copperfield, Harry Blackstone Jr., Penn and Teller and many more!
The Magic World of the Amazing Randi – mystifying tricks easily performed by wizards of all ages. Including tricks by such world renowned magicians as David Copperfield, Harry Blackstone Jr., Penn and Teller and many more! In short,  The Magic World of the Amazing Randi is an excellent...
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Houdini’s Escapes and Magic

Houdini's Escapes and Magic, by Walter Gibson
Editorial review of  Houdini’s Escapes and Magic, courtesy of Amazon.com The secrets of the greatest magician of them all are revealed in this new one-volume edition of two classic long-out-of-print works, Houdini’s Escapes and Houdini’s Magic. Prepared by Walter Gibson after Houdini’s death in 1926, from the magicians...
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The Book of Secrets

The Book of Secrets: Miracles Ancient and Modern, by Walter B. Gibson
The Book of Secrets: Miracles Ancient and Modern, by Walter B. Gibson Many people have heard of Walter B. Gibson — best known as the author of “The Shadow,” a prolific writer.  What is less known is that he worked as a ghostwriter for Houdini, Howard Thurston, and...
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The Hobby of Book Collecting

Leo Rullman, antiquarian magic book dealer (1875 - 1946).
The Hobby of Book Collecting By Leo Rullman Of the making of many Magic books there is no end. Prefacing this article with an apology for para ­phrasing a well-known quotation, I respectfully beg to submit that in respect to Magic books “the mills of the gods” do...
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The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin

The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin, by Harry Houdini
Book review of  The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin by Harry Houdini It’s no secret that Harry Houdini idolized Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin as a child … and later realized that his hero had feet of clay. Robert-Houdin had exaggerated some of his illusions and accomplishments, and Houdini wrote The Unmasking of...
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Roy Benson By Starlight – excerpt

A 1930s portrait of Roy Benson
Psychopathic Suite for Piano and Triangle By Todd Karr            An excerpt from Roy Benson By Starlight by Levent and Todd Karr. On a cold day, January 17, 1914, the man we now know as Roy Benson made his debut in Paris. His mother,...
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Self-Working Card Magic

Karl Fulves' Self-Working Card Tricks, 72 foolproof card miracles for the amateur magician, with 42 illustrations by Joseph K. Schmidt
Self-Working Card Magic, by Karl Fulves  I’ve been a fan of Karl Fulves’ self-working series, and  Self-Working Card Magic is no exception. In short, it’s a collection of card tricks that don’t require technical skill – they rely on using techniques that don’t require manual dexterity. This is...
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