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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Signor Blitz Obituary, as published in the New York Times

Signor Blitz
OBITUARY. SIGNOR ANTONIO BLITZ. Antonio Blitz, the magician, better known as Signor Blitz, died at his residence, No 1,831 Wallace Street, Philadelphia, at 9:30 o’clock yesterday morning. He had been in declining health for the past four years, being troubled with a severe cough, which finally ended in...
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The Wonders of Black Art

Max Auzinger
The Wonders of Black Art By Ottokar Fisher On the “Hidden Secrets of Magic” Omar Pascha presented the Black Art Illusion, one of the truly classic illusions in magic. This effect is rarely seen today, by at the turn of the century it was very popular. How it...
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Professor Anderson in Boston

Professor Anderson, The Wizard of the North, at the Meloden, Boston
Professor Anderson in Boston From Gleason’s Pictorial Drawing Room Companion, 1852 PROFESSOR ANDERSON The engraving, presented by our artist, Mr. Rosenburg, below represents Professor Anderson, as he appeared, a few days since, at the Melodeon, in this city, in the famous bottle scene, assisted by his little son....
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Houdini, Adrien Brody

Houdini - the History Channel biography, starring Adrien Brody
Houdini – History Channel biography of Harry Houdini, starring Adrien Brody Once, many years ago in the Bloom County comic strip, Opus the penguin was writing a movie review, which read in part: “This bad film just oozed rottenness from every bad scene –simply bad beyond beyond all...
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Letter from John Henry Anderson To His Son

John Henry Anderson, the Wizard of the North
Letter from John Henry Anderson To His Son By Harry Houdini (MUM, March 1921) John Henry Anderson John Henry Anderson Jr. The passing of Mrs. Angeline Anderson, the last of the line of the celebrated Anderson family, will perhaps render particular significance to a letter in my collection,...
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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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The Royal Road to Card Magic

The Royal Road to Card Magic
The Royal Road to Card Magic, by  by Jean Hugard and Frederick Braué  In short,  The Royal Road to Card Magic is the foremost book in the world for learning card magic. It is a step by step introduction, first introducing a card sleight, then several card tricks...
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Now You See It, Now You Don’t

Now You See It, Now You Don't - lessons in sleight of hand by Bill Tarr
Now You See It, Now You Don’t : Lessons in Sleight of Hand — by Bill Tarr, Barry Ross (Illustrator)  There are basically two types of magicians — gadgeteers and finger-flingers. Please note, this is not meant to insult either group. A gadgeteer tends toward self-working magic —...
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Jacob Philadelphia

Jacob Philadelphia (August 14, 1735 – 1795) Jacob Philadelphia is notable as the first American-born magician to achieve fame — although he primarily performed abroad. Jacob Meyer was born on August 14, 1735.  Dr. Christopher Witt, the associate of Johannes Kelpius, was chiefly responsible for his education. Meyer’s...
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