There is a wonderful BBC radio show which recently aired, about 30 minutes long. Some great old audio of Dunninger, The Piddingtons, Chan Canasta, Romark (sp?) the Remarkable (funny), and Uri Geller. Even a somewhat unfavorable comment on David Blaine towards the end.
It was written and compiled by Ian Keable and David Britland, and there are excerpts of an interview with Mark Salem (sp?) and Leslie Piddington (who spoke at last year's LA Conference on Magic History).
Mentalism is not my cup of tea, but I really enjoyed listening to this bit of history.
Go to the following link and look under "M" and click on "Men of Mystery." Enjoy! Clay http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/progs/listenagain.shtml