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

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

Postby Philippe Noël » January 16th, 2011, 12:02 pm

I was wondering who really wrote Howard Thurston's card tricks.
Any idea?

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

Postby Max Maven » January 16th, 2011, 12:03 pm

Walter Gibson.

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

Postby Philippe Noël » January 16th, 2011, 12:17 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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Re: Does someone know who wrote Howard Thurston's card tricks?

Postby Richard Kaufman » January 16th, 2011, 2:11 pm

Jim Steinmeyer tells me that it was almost certainly Bill Hilliar (the original editor of The Sphinx).
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Re: Does someone know who wrote Howard Thurston's card tricks?

Postby Philippe Noël » January 16th, 2011, 3:21 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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Re: Does someone know who wrote Howard Thurston's card tricks?

Postby Max Maven » January 16th, 2011, 8:28 pm

Sorry, I'm traveling in Europe, hence far away from my library, so I misunderstood which book you meant.

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

Postby kevinm » January 17th, 2011, 10:26 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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