The Marvelous Creations of Joseffy

Joseffy Freud
The Marvelous Creations of Joseffy By David P. Abbott The Open Court Publishing Company, Chicago 1908 I. Were the public at large to become thoroughly instructed in the means by which magicians perform their effects, the noble art of magic would disappear. It can exist only by there...
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The Air Brahmin

Brahmin air suspension
The Air Brahmin (People’s Magazine, June 14, 1833) Most of our readers will recollect the celebrated Indian Jugglers, who a few years ago visited this country, and performed some very extraordinary feats at public exhibitions. One of them had acquired the astonishing and dangerous power of passing a...
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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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A Wonderful Conjuror: Ching Ling Foo

Ching Ling Foo, Chinese magician
The New York Dramatic Mirror, June 3, 1899 During the past four weeks the Chinese conjuror Ching Ling Foo, whose picture appears above, has been mystifying audiences which have test the capacity of Keith’s Union Square Theatre at every performance. He is no ordinary professor of legerdemain, is...
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Truth Will Come To Light

Truth Will Come To Light, By James Elliot Many years ago when the late Prof. Otto Maurer conducted his magical store in the basement at 321 Bowery, New York City, a Spanish magician by the name of Robertus (who had played South America, but who has long since...
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A Day With Alexander the Great

Alexander Hermann, age 25
A Day With Alexander the Great, By Henry Ridgely Evans I. They come hack to me, those old days in the newspaper office in Baltimore. I can shut my eyes and see the long, dingy room with its ink-splattered tables and flaring gas jets. The printers’ devils rush...
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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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Blitz at a Wedding

Signor Blitz producing fruit from a guests coat...always the life of the party.
Raleigh Register, May 4, 1859 (Raleigh, North Carolina) Probably no man now living has caused more real, though unmitigated fun and mischief than Signor Blitz, the magician and ventriloquist. — He has been made a peg, no doubt, to hang a good many hats on that were never...
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Blitz and the Fire Annihilator

Blitz doing walk around magic at costume ball.
Peoples Press, September 11, 1852 (Salem, North Carolina) The recent successful experiments with the fire annihilator has reminded us of some circumstances connected with the first exhibition of them in New York, and which caused a feud between P. T. Barnum and Signor Blitz, so well known for...
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The Art of Magic

Alexander Hermann, age 25
The Art of Magic,  by  Alexander  Herrmann published July 1, 1891 in The North American Review I have been requested to lay before the readers of The  North American Review such of my reflections upon the art  of magic or prestidigitation as I may deem worthy of note,...
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