Does someone know who wrote Howard Thurston's card tricks?

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Postby Philippe Noël » 01/16/11 01:02 PM

I was wondering who really wrote Howard Thurston's card tricks.
Any idea?
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Postby Max Maven » 01/16/11 01:03 PM

Walter Gibson.
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Postby Philippe Noël » 01/16/11 01:17 PM

Hi Mr Maven,
I am talking of Howard Thurston's Card Tricks published in 1901.
At that time Mr Gibson was 4 years old.
Mr Gibson wrote 200 Tricks You can do and 200 More Tricks you can do.
So who wrote Howard Thurston's Card Tricks?
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 01/16/11 03:11 PM

Jim Steinmeyer tells me that it was almost certainly Bill Hilliar (the original editor of The Sphinx).
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Postby Philippe Noël » 01/16/11 04:21 PM

Hi Richard,
Thank you for asking Mr Steinmeyer.
I also read on Magic Pedia about Modern Magician's Hand Book that the material for the book "was taken from Downs, his book for Thurston, Hoffmann's Modern Magic (1876), More Magic (1890), Roterberg's New Era Card Tricks (1897) and material from Selbit's recently published book with the same name" I suppose that "his book for Thurston" was indeed Howard Thurston's Card Tricks.
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Postby Max Maven » 01/16/11 09:28 PM

Sorry, I'm traveling in Europe, hence far away from my library, so I misunderstood which book you meant.
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Postby kevinm » 01/17/11 11:26 AM

I have a copy of the book.

L&M Ottenheimer is the publisher
Copyright MCMIII by Henry J. Wehman
83 numbered pages.
No author's name is printed in the book.
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