13 Steps to Mentalism - The "bible" for magicians interested in Mental Magic written by Tony Corinda. Each lesson covers a specific technique for the mentalist's arsenal, techniques used by mentalists to
achieve what appear to be psychic phenomena such as telepathy, precognition, extra-sensory perception, telekinesis and the ability to
communicate with the dead as a medium. Together with Annemann's Practical Mental Magic and T.A. Waters' Mind, Myth & Magick, it is considered standard literature for
any magician, mentalist, or student of stage magic who wishes to incorporate psychic entertainment into his routine.
100 Magic Tricks - Ian Adair shows to perform classic
tricks and new twists on old favorites, and teaches simple effects as well as providing a starting point for more difficult illusions.
Sequential diagrams and color photographs capture each stage of the tricks.
Abbott's Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks for
Magicians - Legendary encyclopedia by Stewart James for magicians contains over 150 tricks: Loop the Loop, Jamison's Severed Rope,
The Tarbell Rope Mystery, The Encore Rope Trick, Eddie Clever's Triple Cut Routine, Bachelor's Needle and many more. Step-by-step
instructions and over 500 illustrations show you how to master these dazzling feats.
Carl W. Jones Magic Collection, 1870s-1948 - Maintained at Princeton University, this collection consists of three scrapbooks of publicity photographs [compiled by C. A. George
Newman and collected by Carl W. Jones] of 19th-, but mainly 20th-century mentalists, magicians, ventriloquists, and
Christian Cagigal - Weaves magic, fairy tales and dark fables fraught with
wonder, mystery and imagination - regaling diverse audiences with his unique hybrid of theatre and "slightly creepy" magic. Hailed as one
of San Francisco's most original independent performers, producing "intimate spectacle" that has charmed and bewildered audiences since
Conjuring Arts Research Center - Dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of magic and its
allied arts, which include psychic phenomenon, hypnosis, deceptive gambling, mentalism, ventriloquism, juggling, and sleight of hand
techniques. Located in Manhattan, Conjuring Arts provides a valuable resource for performers, historians, collectors, and the
general public, with its extensive working library of books and periodicals, many of which are not readily available anywhere else. Conjuring Arts strives to maintain and develop the most expansive collection of conjuring related material in the world, and then
to provide public and practitioners access to it. Also publishes Gibecière.
Discoverie of Witchcraft - A partially sceptical book published by the
English gentleman Reginald Scot in 1584, and intended as an expose of medieval witchcraft. It contains a small section, intended to show
how the public were fooled by charlatans, which is considered the first published material on magic. Scot believed that the prosecution of
those accused of witchcraft was irrational and un-Christian, and he held the Roman Church responsible. All obtainable copies were burned on
the accession of James I in 1603. Complete text and scans of the 1886 edition at archive.org.
Ellusionist - Learn magic tricks, card tricks, and street magic. Playing cards, accessories,
DVDs, blog and forum.
Genii, The Conjurors' Magazine - The longest-running independent magazine devoted to magic and
magicians in the history of the art. It was founded by William Larsen, Sr. in 1936. A few tricks are demonstrated here.
H. Adrian Smith Collection of Conjuring
and Magicana - Long considered one of the finest private libraries on conjuring and magic, includes 16th century titles on natural
magic, alchemy, astrology, religious rites, and witchcraft. Later holdings include sections on conjuring, card tricks and games, magicians
as performers, magic periodicals and other works intended for practicing magicians, posters, ephemera, and realia. Maintained at Brown
University, Rhode Island, USA.
Harry Houdini - Wikipedia article: "Hungarian Jewish-American magician
and escapologist, stunt performer, actor and film producer. He was also a skeptic who set out to expose frauds purporting to be
supernatural phenomena. Houdini became widely known as The Handcuff King. He toured England, Scotland, the Netherlands,
Germany, France, and Russia. In each city, Houdini would challenge local police to restrain him with shackles and lock him in
their jails. In many of these challenge escapes, Houdini would first be stripped nude and searched. From 1907 and throughout the
1910s, Houdini performed with great success in the United States. He would free himself from jails, handcuffs, chains, ropes, and
straitjackets, often while hanging from a rope in plain sight of street audiences. Because of imitators and a dwindling audience, on
January 25, 1908, Houdini put his "handcuff act" behind him and began escaping from a locked, water-filled milk can. The
possibility of failure and death thrilled his audiences."
International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM) - World's largest organization for
magicians and for people interested in the magical arts, made up of nearly 12,000 members worldwide with over 300 local groups called Rings
in more than 73 countries. The organization publishes a monthly periodical entitled The Linking Ring, which features tricks,
coverage of shows and events in the magic community, and interviews with magicians.
Inside Magic - Online magazine edited and published by Tim Quinlan aimed at
magicians and people interested in magic as a performing art.
Magic - Wikipedia article and resource links: "Magic is a performing
art that entertains an audience by creating illusions of seemingly impossible or supernatural feats, using purely natural means. These
feats are called magic tricks, effects or illusions."
Magic Circle, The - UK magical society formed in 1905, now with an international
membership of around 1500, dedicated to promoting and advancing the art of magic.
Magic Collectors Association (MCA) - Magic collectors (as we call ourselves)
seek everything that promotes the mysteries of magicians - posters and playbills, books and photographs, magic tricks and memorabilia - for
these chronicle the history of this wonderful performing art. Generations of enthusiastic collectors, from Harry Houdini to David Copperfield, have avidly sought and cherished these artifacts of "the world of magic. Since its founding in 1949, the MCA has provided a lively connection to and means of communication among those pursuing this fascinating art. See it's quarterly
Magic Reference Pages - Tools that may help you in your performing art. Magic book
contents (TOC), magic articles, magic resource links.
Magic, Ritual and Witchcraft - A peer-reviewed scholarly journal that draws
from a broad spectrum of methods and disciplines, offering the widest possible geographical scope and chronological range, from prehistory
to the modern era and from the Old World to the New. In addition to original research, the journal features book reviews, editorials, and
lists of newly published work.
MagicTricks - One of the premier sources of magic for magicians. Peter Monticup, the owner of Magic Tricks, Inc., has been selling magic supplies to magicians for over 38 years. His
magic shops - The House of Magic, MCM Magic and The Old Curiosity Shop in New York State, and Magic
Tricks in Virginia- were designed to look like the shop once owned by Houdini himself. While the main focus of MagicTricks.com is the magic shop, where visitors can select from more than 2,150 professional magic effects sorted by skill
level, MagicTricks.com also offers an extensive library of facts, information and trivia on magicians and magic history.
Magicana - A performing arts organization dedicated to the study and exploration of magic as a
performing art. Publishes books pertaining to all aspects of the
craft including biographies of great performers, manuals of technical secrets, and reprints of rare treatises housed in private
Martinka & Co. - Buy and sell antique magic tricks, photos, vintage posters, ephemera
and magic memorabilia. Learn about the History of Magic and see items from Houdini, Kellar, Herrmann, Thurston and more.
Practical Mental Magic - Theodore
Anneman's collection of nearly 200 crowd-pleasing mental magic feats. Author offers insider's tips and expert advice on techniques,
presentation, diversions, patter, staging and all else needed to make any trick a foolproof success.
R.B. Robbins Collection of Stage Magic and Conjuring - The Robbins collection was purchased by the State Library of New South Wales, Australia, from the estate of stage magician R. B.
Robbins. Mr. Robbins performed under the stage name of Robert Merlini. The collection contains some 900 books, trade
catalogues, pamphlets and serials, including rare material from the nineteenth century through to 1962 dating from 1799 to 1962, much of
which was originally the property of the Great Levante. Some items in the collection belonged to Harry Houdini and bear
his signature. The collection is one of the few of its kind in the world, as it represents a rare example of a working magician's
collection. Many of the items to be found in it are of great rarity, as conjurers' tricks were amongst the most closely guarded of trade
secrets. Some of the material was sold only to professional magicians.
Royal Road to Card Magic, The - With this book by Jean
Hugard and Frederick Braue, anyone can develop a versatile repertoire of first rate card tricks. The authors, both noted
authorities on magic, present complete, easy to understand explanations of basic techniques and over 100 complete tricks. More than 120
line cuts make explanations easy to follow, so that even beginners can develop professional-level skill. A DVD set is also now available.
Sanders the Great: Theodore Anneman -
An American professional magician who specialized in the field of mentalism. Annemann is most famous for inventing and
refining many of the standard mentalism routines that continue to be used by magicians today.
Societas Magica - Dedicated to furthering communication and exchange among scholars interested
in the study of magic, both in the positive contexts of its expression as an area of necessary knowledge or religious practice (as in early
modern occultism and contemporary paganism), and in its negative contexts as the substance of an accusation or condemnation (as in sorcery
trials, and many philosophical and theological accounts, both early and late).
Society of American Magicians (SAM) - Founded on May 10, 1902 in Martinka's famous magic
shop in New York City, New York, is the oldest and most prestigious magical society in the world. For over a century it has promoted the
ideals shared by Kellar, Houdini, Thurston and over 30,000 others world-wide who have held membership in the
society. SAM offers the opportunity to unite and associate with leaders in the world of magic - not only professionals, but with
amateurs, manufacturers, magic dealers, book authors and magic collectors. Through its monthly publications, annual conventions, and with
over 250 "Assemblies" throughout the world, the SAM provides the necessary forum for the advancement of magic through discussions,
lectures, research, performances, and exchange of magic secrets within the magic community.
Street Magic - Learn street magic secrets, download magic online tricks.
Tarbell Course in Magic - The preeminent encyclopedia of magic amongst
professional and amateur magicians. It has eight volumes; the first five were part of the original home-study correspondence course
compiled in 1928 by Dr. Harlan Tarbell, the remaining three volumes being added later. The entire collection comprises more than
one-hundred lessons in every aspect of magic including micromagic/close-up magic, escapology, mentalism and stage illusions. It is the most
comprehensive literary work in magic history. The original five volumes contained sixty correspondence lessons with more than 3,000
Taurus Magic Supply - World's largest suppliers of used magical apparatus with over 1,000 items
usually in stock, ranging from books and close-up magic through to large stage illusions.
Ten basic books for a working library of conjuring, as identified by H. Adrian Smith:
Viking Manufacturing and Collector's Workshop - Enjoys an international reputation as a provider
of not only beautiful, but also functional Magic equipment! Each and every piece goes through a thorough field test, using accomplished
performers to test and evaluate the effect for ease of performance, audience appeal and durability. Once an effect makes it through this
testing, it is put into production, passing five inspection stations as it is produced, plus two final inspections, before the item is
W.G. Alma Conjuring Collection - This research
guide maintained by the State Library of Victoria, Australia, will help you research magicians and the history of the performing
art of magic, or conjuring. This is separate from the occult or the supernatural, though magicians sometimes used the language of mystery
and the supernatural to enhance the entertainment value of their shows.
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