63 entries in Articles / Magic History
Creators Title Comments & References Source Page Categories
Hocus Pocus Junior The originall of Legerdemaine, and how it come first into this Kingdome The Art of Legerdemain Discovered 5
Louis Nikola Argument - History of memorized/stacked decks in magic
- Basic description of some features of the Nikola system
The Nikola Card System 9
Joseph Leeming How We Got Our Pack of Cards History of playing cards Tricks and Stunts With Playing Cards 1
Bruce Elliott Dr. Elliott about Dr. James W. Elliott The Phoenix 201 - 250 (Issue 250) 998
Unknown Prologue - Of Coins and Conjuring History of Coin Magic Modern Coin Magic xv
Jay Marshall, Dr. Jacob Daley Double Tribute Dr. Daley's notes for the speech and the program of the Nate Leipzig memorial in 1954 in New York The New Phoenix 301-348 (Issue 302) 8
Jay Marshall The Jinx on The Jinx and Theo Annemann The New Phoenix 301-348 (Issue 317) 71
Peter Graef, Jay Marshall Keller, The Worlds Greatest Magician notes on Kellar's programm from October 1900 and his tricks The New Phoenix 301-348 (Issue 323) 100
Harry Houdini Magic Made Easy / Houdini's Magic Book catalog reprint The New Phoenix 301-348 (Issue 341-2) 179
Martin Gardner The Curiosities of Peirce History of mathematical card tricks, history of Charles Peirce's work Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 2
Various The Afghan Bands Moebius strip used for magic, provides the basic method and a history/bibliography of the Moebius strip in magic (Afghan Bands was named by Prof Hoffmann) Mathematics, Magic And Mystery 70
Faucett Ross The Manuscript Story How the $20 manuscript was put together Early Vernon 7
Dai Vernon Sales Letter The letter introducing the prospectus that described the ten effects to be included in the $20 manuscript Early Vernon 10
Faucett Ross The Prospectus Faucett's description of the ten Vernon miracles that was submitted to Fulton Oursler Early Vernon 11
Paul Curry Chapter Two: The Old, Old Tricks magic history, Egyptian magicians, The Discovery of Witchcraft, Charles Dickens, Cagliostro, Pinetti, Robert-Houdin Magician's Magic 11
Paul Curry Chapter Three: The Magician's Image on Alexander Herrmann, Hoffmann's Modern Magic, Harry Kellar, Howard Thurston Magician's Magic 37
Paul Curry Chapter Four: Houdini and After on Harry Houdini, T. Nelson Downs, Nate Leipzig, Fred Keating, Joseph Dunninger, Emil Jarrow, Ade Duval, Cardini, Jack Gwynne Magician's Magic 47
Paul Curry Chapter Five: The New Conjurers on Milbourne Christopher, amateur magicians, famous actors, authors and other celebrities, who did magic, John Scarne, Clayton Rawson, Jimmy Grippo Magician's Magic 65
Paul Curry Chapter Six: What Became of Gravity on the Indian Rope Trick, levitation Magician's Magic 79
Paul Curry Chapter Seven: Into Thin Air on disappearance Magician's Magic 101
Paul Curry Made Whole Again on sawing a person in half Magician's Magic 137
Paul Curry Chapter Nine: Ties that Do Not Bind on escapes Magician's Magic 153
Paul Curry Chapter Ten: The Power of Thought on mentalism and the history of the two person telepathy Magician's Magic 173
Paul Curry Chapter Eleven: Of Things to Come on predictions Magician's Magic 193
Paul Curry Chapter Twelve: The Quick and the Dead on spiritualism, seance, Fox Sisters, Davenport brothers Magician's Magic 205
Martin Gardner Martin Gardner on Afghan Bands History on Mobius strips in magic Newspaper Magic 125
Gene Anderson Historical Methods Description of different methods (Al Baker, Slydini, Page, Elmsley, Grant, Neil Foster) Newspaper Magic 135
Jeff Busby General, Historical, and Cardmen Type Notes crediting information Into the 4th Dimension... and Beyond 11
Robert Albo, Eric C. Lewis, David Bamberg The Bambergs and Okito The Oriental Magic of the Bambergs 1
Al Mann The Center Tear Controversy on the history of the first publishing of the center tear, includes Baker, Thompson, Loraine, Dunninger, Sunshine, plus other takes on the center tear, The Sans Tear Center Method (Annemann), The Unseen Tear (Ron Baillie) and Sealed and Torn Messages (Al Mann)Related to Mental-Ettes 13
Patrick Page A Short History of Magic The Big Book of Magic 11
Al Mann Another Chapter on the Center Tear on the history of the Center Tear, on Joe Ovette, Annemann, Sid Lorraine The Tesseract 12
Al Mann What is it? letter from Sid Lorraine to Al Mann about the history of the Center Tear, comments by Mann and xerox of Lorraine's notes from 1928, copy of the manuscript "What is it?" by Joseph Ovette from 1931 The Tesseract 12
Al Mann Don Pedro story of Don Pedro from Buenos Aires, witnessing a center tear and ashes on arm routine in 1926 The Tesseract 18
Sandy Spillman Dunninger, The Man and the Myth on Dunninger
- Electric Quality
- Write Something Hard
- Distributed Envelopes
- The Program
- Errors were Impressive
- The Skeptics
- Professional License
The Compleat Magick - Volume III (Issue 225) 1125
Barry Wiley The Indescribable Phenomenon on Anna Eva Fay
- Compared with Houdini
- She Excited her Audience
- Featured a Two-Part Routine
- The Cabinet Act
- The Question-Answering Routine
- At the Rate of Three a Minute
- Exposures Brought Headlines
- Always Available to Reporters
- Call her an 'Actress'
The Compleat Magick - Volume III (Issue 231) 1155
Al Mann Phone-Voyance history of tricks over the phoneRelated to
  • John Northern Hillard's "Twentieth Century Telepathy" in "The Sphinx", Vol. 3; No. 12, 1905
Phantom Voices 6
Robin Robin, Pamela Young Vernonana Portfolio Photos (with captions) of various Vernon-related memorabilia throughout history, collected from Bruce Cervon, Bill Bowers, Irene Larsen, Bill Larsen and Faucett. The Vernon Chronicles - Volume 2 vii
Will Ayling The Rising Cards (History and Comment) Knowing The Rising Cards 5
Stephen Minch Introduction From Witchcraft to Card Tricks 1
Stephen Minch (reviewer) Le Premiére Partie des Subtiles et Plaisantes Inventions & The Discoverie of Witchcraft (1584) From Witchcraft to Card Tricks 2
Stephen Minch J. N. Hofzinser (1806-1875) From Witchcraft to Card Tricks 27
Carlos Alberto Molinari Dinastia Bamberg on the Bamberg dynastyAlso published here
  • "Fake", 1966.
La Magia de Ascanio - Vol. 3 72
Roberto Giobbi A Brief History of Playing Cards Card College - Volume 1 5
Dondrake The Early Years History of black art Black Art Breakthroughs 5
Dondrake BlackArt in the Parlor More history on black art Black Art Breakthroughs 6
David Berglas Opus 13 on the TV-Show Opus 13 and Berglas encounters with Fred Kaps, Hans Moretti and Henk Vermeyden The Mind & Magic of David Berglas 254
David Berglas Uri Geller on Uri Geller, metal bending, Robert Harbin The Mind & Magic of David Berglas 300
Karl Fulves Introduction memory championship, Hofzinser's work, Robert-Houdin, S. H. Sharpe, history of card magic, Martin Lewis, Paper Engine, Harvey Rosenthal, George Kaplan's The Fine Art of MagicRelated to Latter Day Secrets (Issue 8) 278
Stephen Minch Everything Old is New again New Era Card Tricks i
Keith "Kip" Pascal History of Coin Snatching References to stealing coins from hands, including pop culture references. Mentions The Amazing Richardson, Bruce Lee and other coin snatchers.Related to Coin Snatching 13
David Kaye The Origins of Performing Magic For Children Seriously Silly 19
Stephen Minch A Vivisection of the Bizarre "Appendix I"
history of bizarre magick
The Book of Forgotten Secrets 149
Gary Plants 1987 St. Louis Magic Jubilee about Michael Skinner's lecture in 1987 Lecture Notes - Honolulu Hawaii 4
Karl Fulves Conjuring Arts on history and Bill Kalush's Conjuring Arts Research Center Prolix (Issue 10) 691
Robert L. Bluemle Jaks to Open on Dr. Stanley Jaks The Incredible Dr. Jaks 1
Robert L. Bluemle Jaks in the Box Dr. Stanley Jaks time in Switzerland after the escape from Germany The Incredible Dr. Jaks 5
Robert L. Bluemle The Book of Mysteries Stanley Jaks Book of Mysteries with lots of picture of Ken Klosterman's exemplar The Incredible Dr. Jaks 15
Robert L. Bluemle Jaks be Nimble Stanley Jaks relocates to the US The Incredible Dr. Jaks 25
Dr. Stanley Jaks Jaks be Quick on Stanley Jaks time in New York, correspondence to Swiss magic friends The Incredible Dr. Jaks 59
Steve Beam Two-Faced Introduction to the chapter based upon what is commonly referred to as the "Zens Poker Deal." Semi-Automatic Card Tricks - Volume 10 171
Bob Farmer Credits, History and Comments on the switches just described The Bammo Ten Card Deal Dossier 375
Ondřej Pšenička Hunting the Butterflies History of one-way decks and edge-marked decks, which led to the Butterfly playing cards The Secret of the Butterflies 6