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Lou Gallo : the Underground Man

By Kaufman, Richard and Mark Phillips

Kaufman & Greenberg, 1996. First edition. Hardcover. Very good/very good. Quarto (oversized). Slight wear to edges and corners of boards and dust jacket. Dedicaion & Intro sheet by Lou Gallo laid in. 126 p. w/ 400 drawn effects illustrations by Joseph Schmidt. The book jumps right in with effects descriptions, covering some 46 close up effects with coins, cards, and more.


Great Magicians in Great Moments : A Photo Album

By Desfor, Irving

Pomeroy, OH: Lee Jacobs Productions, 1983. First edition. Hardcover. Very good/good. Quarto (oversize). Slight wear to edges and corners of boards. Small tears to edges and corners of dust jacket. 208 p. w/ many many b&w photographic illustrations of over 140 magicians. Almost all photographs have an accompanying paragraph of description.


Las Vegas Kardma

By Ackerman, Allan

A-1 Multimedia, 1994. First edition. Hardcover. Very good/very good. Quarto (over size). Slight wear to edges and corners of boards and dust jacket. 176 w. many b&w illus., 52 effects. A survey of Ackerman's slight of hand card effects.


Roger Klause in Concert

By Pierce, Lance

Tahoma, CA: L & L Publishing, 1991. First edition. Hardcover. Very good/very good. Quarto (oversized). Slight wear to edges and corners of boards and dust jacket. Stamped by printer in red on flyleaf. 253 p. w/ b&w illus. A collection of popular and successful effects from the magician and sleight of hand expert Klause.


Side-Show and Animal Tricks : Tricks of the Side-Show Performer, Animal Tricks, Gamblers' Tricks, Juggling Secrets, Stage Effects, Ventriloquism, Etc., Etc.

By Carrington, Hereward

Kansas City, MO: A. M. Wilson, M.D. / The Sphinx, 1913. First edition. Original Wraps. Good. Duodecimo (12 mo, less than 7.5 inches tall) stapled pamphlet in original dark blue covers with black text. Some wear to edes and corners of covers, with a small worn square on cover where an old price sticker might have been. Staples a bit rusty. Bookplate of Dr. Frank E. Blaisdelll Jr., whose father also had an interest in magic. 66 p. with 2 illustrations. Uncommon. Carrington (1880 - 1958) was a member of both the Society for Psychical Research in England and the American Society for Psychical Research at different times and an ardent investigator of Spiritualism his entire life. He is best known perhaps for his 1924 investigation, with Houdini and others of Mina "Margery" Crandon, who he defended while Houdini and others believed her a fraud. Others he helped research included Eusapia Palladino, Esther Cox, and Eileen Garrett.


St. George's Hall : Behind the Scenes at England's Home of Mystery

By Davenport, Anne and John Salisse

Pasadena, CA: Mike Caveney's Magic Words, 2001. First edition. Hardcover. Very good/very good. Small quarto (oversized). Slight wear to edges and corners of boards and dust jacket. SIGNED and inscribed by author Davenport on the title page. #104 of a limited series. 474 p. w/ many b&w and some color illus., appendices, bibliography, index, seating charts on endpapers. A detailed history of this performance hall where the cream of 19th and early 20th c. stage magic perfomed in London. Famous acts working there included Maskelyne, Devant, Nikola, Davenport, and others.


The Great Raymond

By Rauscher, William V.

Short Hills, NJ: Kaufman & Company, 1997. First edition. Hardcover. Very good/very good. Quarto (oversize). Slight wear to edges and corners of boards and dust jacket. #16 of the 200 copy collector's limited edition with the numbered bookplate and SIGNED by the author with Best Wishes on the flyleaf. 360 p. w/ many b&w illus., bibliography, index. Includes the reprinting of 12 articles detailing certain effects from various magazines. A thorough and uncommon biography of this English magician, "royal conjuror", and favorite of King Edward VII.


Who's Who in Magic : an International Biographical Guide from Past to Present

By Whaley, Bart

Wallace, ID: Jess Busby Magic, Inc., 1991. Second printing. Plastic Comb Bound softcover. Very good. Quarto (oversized). Slight wear to edges and corners of covers. Sticker residue on front cover. Comb bonding has all its teeth. Small notch out of the first endpaper at foredge near bottom. 463 p. w/ additional 6 pages of corrections NOT in the first printing, illus., bibliography, and appendices on associations and conventions, awards, venues, dealers/publishers/manufacturers, motion pictures, periodicals. an important reference work, covering hundreds of magicians over the centuries.


Magic Duvivier

By Racherbaumer, Jon. illustrrated by Ton Onosaka. edited by Richard Kaufmann

Washington DC: Kaufman & Greenberg, 1996. First edition. Hardcover. Good/no dust jacket. Quarto (oversized). Some wear and scuffing to boards, more so on back. Some creases on pages. 179 p. w/ illustrations. A survey of many of the card and close up magic effects of the French magician Duvivier.


Simon Says : the Close Up Magic of Simon Lovell

By Lovell, Simon. edited by John Sisti. illustrated by Hannah Ammar

Tahoma, CA: L & L Publishing, 1997. First edition. Hardcover. Very good/very good. Quarto ( oversized). SIGNED and inscribed by the author on the half-title page with a drawing of himself. Slight wear to edges and corners of dj and boards. 242 p. w/ many b&w illustrations & photos. A major collection of close up magic effecs using cards, with sleight of hand and audience participation. Lovell is a well known and appreciated magician, card shark actor and mentor of younger magicians. This was his first book.


Scatter Thought : Revelation of Richard Stride's Pseudo-Psychic's Off Center Tear...

By Stride, Richard and Alan Wassilak

Portland, ME, 1989. Pamphlet. Very good. "... in which this unique move is explained and various utilizations are suggested. " Revised and expanded 2nd edition, 200 copies made Slight wear to edges and corners of covers. Top corner and first few pages have crease at corner. 17 p. Includes various pieces of paper clipped to back . SIGNED by Stride to Marcello Truzzi, noted sociologist who was very interested in stage magic and magicians.


The Collected Works of Sigmund Fraud : Entertaining Mentalism from the Laughable to the Incredible [ Stage Magic ]

By Nosek, Terry

the author, 1984. First edition thus. Oversized Softcover. Very Good. Octavo ( oversize). Slight wear to edges and corners of covers. SIGNED and inscribed by the author to "Marcello" ( Truzzi ). on the inside cover. 71 p. A collection of previously published, new, and revised mentalism effects by Nosek, including a Star Wars effect.


Magic as a Performing Art : a Bibliography of Conjuring

By Gill, Robert. foreword by Bayard Grimshaw

London & New York: Bowker, 1976. First edition. Hardcover in full cloth. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. Octavo (standard size) Slight wear to edges and corners of dj and boards. Slight soiling to top edge of textblock. Some pages have pencil checkmarks next to or circles around entry numbers. 252 p. w/ 1,066 entries and indexes by Subject, author, and title. A dated but still very useful annotated bibliography of over one thousand classic books and pamphlets of magic in English. Includes the noting of actual names when pseudonyms were used, special paragraphs on particular authors important in the field, and pertinent publishing information as well. The author was both a librarian and a performing magician and this certainly helps the book. It is well I already have one or this copy would be on my own reference shelf.


The Magic Library of Tom Blue. Public Auction sale 1992 Thursday January 15 2004

New York, NY: Swann Galleries, 2004. First edition. Paperback in illustrated covers. . Very Good. Small thin octavo ( smaller than standard). Slight wear to edges and corners of covers. Illustrations in b&w about ever 2nd or 3rd page, with prices realized sheet laid in. An auction catalog for the better books from the collection of Tom Blue, a magician, collector, and now bookseller. A useful reference.



By Laub, [ Denny ] and [ Gary ] Inglese (last names only on spine of book)

Fort Wayne, IN: Mind Mirage, 1985. First edition. Hardcover with Gilt outlined question mark on cover in full cloth. Very Good. Quarto (oversized). Slight wear to edges and corners of boards. Top foredge corners bumped, less so at lower corners. 145 p. w/ firearms page, errata page, a few illustrations and reprints of newspaper articles. An uncommon work by two respected effect creators of the Midwest.



By Fulves, Karl

Tweaneck, NJ: the author, 1981. First edition thus. Staplebound Wraps. Very Good. Slight wear to edges and corners of covers. Small pen mark near top edge of back cover. 56 p. w/ table of contents on back cover, with effects in three broad areas: Film to Life, The Word Machine, and Self Duplicating Set Ups. An uncommon collection by Fulves, who is well known for his work as an editor of the NEW PHOENIX and PALLBEARER'S REVIEW magazines and others and his work an an innovator and teacher of sleight of hand. This work is drawn from 6 articles he originally wrote around 1960



By Buckner, Charles A.

the author, 1996. First edition. Plastic strip bound with paper covers. . Very Good. Oversized. Signed by the author to Marcello Truzzi, noted sociologist, amateaur magician, and researcher of alternative science. Truzzi is also acknowledged in the introduction as helping with this work. Slight scuffing to covers back top corner creased. 120+ pages printed on one side only, with many illustrations of Dunninger promotional material. An uncommon self published work, rising from a lecture on Dunninger's success and the role that promotion and promotional material played that Buckner did for the Psychic Entertainers Association (Buckner notes that he has excluded promotional material regarding Dunninger's medium exposes and the Himber controversy). Buckner became interested in Dunniger though his friendship with David Lustig, and a number of entries in the book discuss Lustig as well and touched on his relationship with Dunninger. Much of the material illustrated in the book came from Lustig.


Testament of R. W. Hull [ with bookplate of magic collector Harlan H. Taylor ]

By Hall, Capt. Trevor. Introduction by H. Park Shackleton

London: Academy of Recorded Crafts, Arts, & Sciences, [ 1945/46 ]. First edition. Hardcover. Good. Thin octavo. Greenish-grey cloth binding with reddish brown titles on cover with border and lettering on spine. Fading to spine, Corners bumped, and the back cover has a reddish stain from top left corner down to lower left corner. Former owner Dr. Taylor has embossed address on firs tand last endpaper, along with a his personal stamp (a hand with a scalpel and his name). he also put in his bookplate of a rabbit coming out of a hat on the first pastedown. 116 p. w/illustrations and additional 2 p. catalog from the publisher. A short work with a biographic sketch of card magician Hull (1883-1943) of Ohio, a number of effects illustrated with photographs, and a short bibliography of his published work.