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by Gary Hunt
September 19th, 2013, 3:02 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: A major game changer for magic history research!
Replies: 2
Views: 1172

Re: A major game changer for magic history research!

Diego, That is great news. The only issue is that the only way to get it is though a University library. Not sure how many would subscribe to these pubs. Time will tell. You can get them though the Old Fulton NY Post Card site (http://www.fultonhistory.com/Fulton.html). Though it is almost impossibl...
by Gary Hunt
May 21st, 2013, 9:53 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magic Footnotes - magic history site updated
Replies: 2
Views: 1164

Magic Footnotes - magic history site updated

Magic Footnotes has been updated with articles on an unknown magic craftsman, another handcuff queen and reviews of two on-line newspaper databases. Will be adding a couple of new bits and pieces of magic history each month. Here is the link: http://www.magicfootnotes.com Hope you enjoy and good hun...
by Gary Hunt
August 14th, 2012, 10:12 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The two greatest Victorian-era illusions . . .
Replies: 10
Views: 1690

Re: The two greatest Victorian-era illusions . . .

Tom, Good question. The problem with selecting just two illusions is that the Victorian Era lasted 64 years and in that time magic underwent a huge evolution. Anyway, for help with the answer I turned to my favorite Victorian Era magic writer, and yours too I suspect, Professor Hoffmann. In Modern M...
by Gary Hunt
April 27th, 2012, 3:03 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Davenport Brothers
Replies: 7
Views: 1047

Re: The Davenport Brothers

Jeff,
In the Annals of Conjuring Clarke wrote that their first appearance in London was in 1864. They may have been touring the providences before that.
by Gary Hunt
April 10th, 2012, 6:32 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Early American Magicians
Replies: 9
Views: 1678

Re: Early American Magicians

If you want to dig deeper into magicians who played American in the 1700's you need to look outside of the magic literature. My favorite place is in Odell's Annuals of the New York Stage. This massive work (I think 14 or more volumes) discusses every performer, big or small, who played NY city till ...
by Gary Hunt
March 27th, 2012, 2:18 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magic history website
Replies: 6
Views: 1501

Re: Magic history website

Joe,
You are welcome to link back to the articles.
by Gary Hunt
March 27th, 2012, 1:26 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magic history website
Replies: 6
Views: 1501

Magic history website

Check out the redesigned Magic Footnotes. The site has been simplified and refocused. I plan on regularly posting bits of information I have run across while looking for something else. Much will be taken from historical newspapers and publications. I will also be posting information and tips on con...
by Gary Hunt
March 6th, 2012, 5:26 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Early female American magicians
Replies: 2
Views: 700

Re: Early female American magicians

Bill, The earliest I have been able to find a female magician, two actually, performing in America is 1839. The Albany Evening Journal of September 2, 1839 had an advertisement for Miss A. R. Mills, The Magicienne, performing at the Albany Museum. She had a great writer, here is part of the wording:...
by Gary Hunt
November 20th, 2011, 5:42 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Los Angeles Magic History Conference
Replies: 34
Views: 7160

Re: Los Angeles Magic History Conference

I agree with everyone on the highlights of the conference. Though my favorite had to be visiting Brookledge and watching Marvyn Roy perform some of the effects he demonstrated back in the early 1940's when he worked for Thayers. He was having way to much fun and it was wonderful to watch. Can't wait...
by Gary Hunt
November 1st, 2011, 10:54 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Genii: The Conjurors' CONVENTION in 2012
Replies: 113
Views: 17467

Re: Genii: The Conjurors' CONVENTION in 2012

Have always found that at any conference networking and catching up with old/new friends is what I enjoyed most. So having the conference located within walking distance of restaurants, bars, coffee shops, etc is important. Also, free time and spaces within the hotel is another key element. This is ...
by Gary Hunt
May 5th, 2011, 5:39 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: CPR for (Magic) Books
Replies: 1
Views: 707

Re: CPR for (Magic) Books

What a great event for a magic history/collecting conference. (Hint..Hint) I have number of items I would like to get expert advice on. Sounds like a fun time was had by all.
by Gary Hunt
April 9th, 2011, 11:19 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Update to the Auction of the Century - The Christopher Collection
Replies: 85
Views: 17830

Re: Update to the Auction of the Century - The Christopher Collection

I sure do hope that the on-line catalog is fixed before the auction. A number of pictures are missing. Not sure anyone would bid on lot 50 (Dean) sight unseen. Have a feeling this may not end well. Though it is going to be fun to watch. I seem to have scheduled some out of office "meetings"...
by Gary Hunt
January 30th, 2011, 3:58 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Jason England & Gabe Fajuri
Replies: 9
Views: 2973

Re: Jason England & Gabe Fajuri

That was a fun auction. Got the one item I bid on, so I am happy. Any thoughts on the prices realized? Thought for the most part the book prices were far, with a few bargains to be had. Seems that the prices of the standard magic biographies and histories (Evans and the like) have stayed about the s...
by Gary Hunt
December 18th, 2010, 3:52 pm
Forum: Buzz
Topic: The use of "Houdini" in mainstream news has...
Replies: 7
Views: 1270

Re: The use of "Houdini" in mainstream news has...

If you want to see how the use of "Houdini" has changed over the years check out Google's new application: Ngram Viewer. Here is the link: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://ngrams.googlelabs.com/">http://ngrams.googlelabs.com/</a><!-- m --> . Ngram is a database of all of the word...
by Gary Hunt
November 1st, 2009, 4:56 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: New magic history website
Replies: 11
Views: 4081

New magic history website

Just put up a new website focused on magic history and research. Named it Magic Footnotes because I wanted to have a place to put the little bits of information that are usually relegated to brief footnotes, if even there. I also wanted to start a place to put up information on internet resources re...
by Gary Hunt
October 5th, 2009, 10:07 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: MCA: Who's Next at Bat?
Replies: 70
Views: 9802

Re: MCA: Who's Next at Bat?

It is sad to see David & Anita Meyer leaving the management of the MCA, but I totally understand. I have been amazed that they have been able to keep it up so long. They have brought Magicol to a new level and the amount of work to put on Collectors' Weekend is amazing. They will be missed. At a...
by Gary Hunt
October 5th, 2009, 9:21 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Ron Allesi Auction
Replies: 9
Views: 3702

Re: Ron Allesi Auction

This reminds me of the Garry Hayes auction that took place a few years ago. A local auction house that handles estates and the like. Hope they do a better job. Wonder what the story is?

Gary Hunt
by Gary Hunt
November 6th, 2005, 2:08 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: on-line collection of magic images
Replies: 2
Views: 409

Re: on-line collection of magic images

Oops!! Here is the link: http://www.pictureaustralia.org/index.html
Enjoy.

Gary Hunt
Editor Emeritus
Magical Past-Times: the On-Line Journal of Magic History www.illusionata.com/mpt/
garyhunt@mindspring.com
by Gary Hunt
November 6th, 2005, 12:01 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: on-line collection of magic images
Replies: 2
Views: 409

on-line collection of magic images

Here is another interesting on-line source of magic images. Picture Australia is a site that searches the on-line image collections of Australian libraries and museums. This includes the Alma Conjuring Collection at the State Library of Victoria. Searching the term "magic" will bring up al...
by Gary Hunt
October 21st, 2005, 8:10 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Hofzinser
Replies: 38
Views: 2687

Re: Hofzinser

Richard, Several years ago I got an e-mail from Thorn's great-great-grandson. He stated: "My parents are Jewish, and their family as well as their family records were destroyed in the Holocaust years in Poland. I was born in occupied Germany (British sector) after the War, in a displaced person...
by Gary Hunt
August 2nd, 2005, 7:47 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Rich Cabinet of Magical Curiosities
Replies: 5
Views: 679

Rich Cabinet of Magical Curiosities

Just go a copy of The Complete Rich Cabinet of Magical Curiosities by Eddie Dawes. This is a searchable electronic version on DVD (or CD) of the complete series from the Magic Circular, which started in 1972. It has been updated and all of the illustrations rescanned (and many are now in color!). Wi...
by Gary Hunt
July 8th, 2005, 7:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Medieval Magical History....
Replies: 16
Views: 1056

Re: Medieval Magical History....

Here are two that I would suggest: 1. Fanch Guillemin, An Illustrated History of White Magic before Robert-Houdini, 2002. Here are links to two articles in Magical Past-Times taken from the book http://www.illusionata.com/mpt/view.php?id=137&type=articles http://www.illusionata.com/mpt/view.php?...
by Gary Hunt
July 4th, 2005, 7:36 pm
Forum: Light From the Lamp
Topic: Laurant: Man of Many Mysteries
Replies: 8
Views: 1646

Re: Laurant: Man of Many Mysteries

Lisa, The Bamberg book is a wonderful book and a must read. IMHO it is the best magic autobiography every written. Sorry about that Robert-Houdin. Working on my summer magic reading and thanks to H&R I just started Barry Wileys The Indescribable Phenomenon. I hate to say it but Jamy Ian Swiss re...
by Gary Hunt
February 14th, 2005, 5:24 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magic Club History
Replies: 4
Views: 631

Re: Magic Club History

Clay,
Here is one that is on my want list. Found it in Brian McCullagh's "Under the Southern Cross".

Deane Le Cornu, Just a Minute, A Brief History of Garden Ring 148 Inc. 1955-2000

Gary Hunt
by Gary Hunt
February 13th, 2005, 8:42 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Magic Club History
Replies: 4
Views: 631

Re: Magic Club History

Clay, Now I have more stuff to add to my want list :( Here are two more titles: Rick Pugh, Nelson Schmitt, Maurice Lowe Wizards Of Wichita - A Society Of Magicians 50th Anniversary - Souvenir Record 1946-1996 Ring 47, 1996 George Tutter A History Of The Youngstown Magic Club - An Account of the Orig...
by Gary Hunt
February 6th, 2005, 8:41 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Broadsides from the Ricky Jay Collection
Replies: 8
Views: 966

Re: Broadsides from the Ricky Jay Collection

Have dropped both the museum and publisher an e-mail. Will let you know what I find out.

Gary Hunt
by Gary Hunt
February 6th, 2005, 7:59 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Broadsides from the Ricky Jay Collection
Replies: 8
Views: 966

Broadsides from the Ricky Jay Collection

Has anyone seen Extraordinary Exhibitions: Broadsides from the Ricky Jay Collection at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco? This sounds like an amazing exhibit. Any information on the catalog that accompanies the exhibit? There is mention of it on their site, but no ordering informa...
by Gary Hunt
February 5th, 2005, 10:42 am
Forum: General
Topic: Let me know what other magazines you read in addition to Genii
Replies: 15
Views: 903

Re: Let me know what other magazines you read in addition to Genii

What is interesting is that half of the respondents are not members of IBM and three-quarters are not members of SAM. That is assuming you would read the magazine that comes with the membership. The question is why do so many magicians not belong to the IBM or SAM? Does it say anything about the qua...
by Gary Hunt
January 20th, 2005, 12:50 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Houdini Autographs
Replies: 14
Views: 1418

Re: Houdini Autographs

Kevin, Thanks.I needed a laugh. Someone bid on it. Amazing. A collection of photos of near actual Houdini memorabilia would be a great topic for an article or presentation at a collector conference. Just a thought. Gary Hunt Editor Emeritus Magical Past-Times: the On-Line Journal of Magic History ww...
by Gary Hunt
January 20th, 2005, 12:33 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Cataloging Your Collection
Replies: 15
Views: 2400

Re: Cataloging Your Collection

I set up a separate database for my magazines and designed a simple data entry screen. Worked very well. Of course as I added data I kept thinking up new fields to add. Next will tackle other printed materials (again I may use a separated database/input screen or just integrate it into the book data...
by Gary Hunt
January 16th, 2005, 5:51 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Books by Victor Farelli?
Replies: 12
Views: 1663

Re: Books by Victor Farelli?

Dont forget my personnel favorite: Magical Bibliographies: A Guide.

Gary Hunt
by Gary Hunt
January 16th, 2005, 4:33 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Cataloging Your Collection
Replies: 15
Views: 2400

Re: Cataloging Your Collection

Kevin, The program has a search function. It also has a report generating function, so you can just print out the data fields you want. I have not really gotten much into this feature yet. Just did some basic title author reports. It takes a little while to get use to, but the data entry screen can ...
by Gary Hunt
January 16th, 2005, 1:44 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Cataloging Your Collection
Replies: 15
Views: 2400

Re: Cataloging Your Collection

Kevin, Just took the plunge and am in the middle of putting my collection into a database. Before I had written records and had tried a database, which was wiped out after a hard drive crash several years ago. I looked at a number of book collecting programs and finally settled on BookCat. It is a v...
by Gary Hunt
October 13th, 2004, 6:47 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Houdini Auction
Replies: 42
Views: 3780

Re: Houdini Auction

Kevin, Did you notice that they put the 460 lots on Ebay Live Auction? So it looks like this will be even more interesting. Check it out at: http://search.liveauctions.ebay.com/ws/search/LiveAuctionSearch?ahid=3274&ccn=Collectibles+%26+Memorabilia&isl=0&lc=1&sactlgid=6353&soitems...
by Gary Hunt
October 1st, 2004, 5:40 pm
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Radner Houdini Auction
Replies: 18
Views: 1415

Re: Radner Houdini Auction

Geno, Any idea when the hard copy catalog will be available and how to order a copy? When will the on-line catalog be finished? It has been at 460 ideas for a couple of weeks now. This should be an interesting event. Gary Hunt Contributing Editor Magical Past-Times: the On-Line Journal of Magic Hist...
by Gary Hunt
September 18th, 2004, 7:27 am
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Are you Paying Too Much For That Collectible?
Replies: 52
Views: 3294

Re: Are you Paying Too Much For That Collectible?

Clay your point on magic collecting as an investment is right one. One of the problems with magic collecting as an investment is the limited number of buyers. One just has too look at the poster market too see what can happen. It seems that an ever-increasing number of collections are coming onto th...
by Gary Hunt
July 18th, 2004, 9:09 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: The Internet: The High-Acid Paper of the 21st Century?
Replies: 30
Views: 2309

Re: The Internet: The High-Acid Paper of the 21st Century?

Let me start out by saying that Magical Past-Times: the On-Line Journal of Magic History is alive and well at: www.illusionata.com/mpt/ . I turned over the editing and hosting duties to Todd Karr becase he has the resources to take MPT to the next level. So keep an eye open for some great new materi...
by Gary Hunt
February 22nd, 2004, 7:51 am
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Books you would like to read
Replies: 2
Views: 404

Books you would like to read

A question for the hard core. What would you consider the rarest (ie hardest to find but not unique) magic biographies, autobiographies or histories? They should contain more that just a mention of some performer and be something that you enjoyed reading or would like to read (compared to just ownin...
by Gary Hunt
May 19th, 2003, 5:47 pm
Forum: Magic History and Anecdotes
Topic: Question about private Los Angeles magic museum.
Replies: 3
Views: 464

Re: Question about private Los Angeles magic museum.

It is the SAM Magic Hall of Fame and Magic Museum. Contact John Engman, PO Box 80577, San Marino, CA 91118 for information about visiting.

Gary Hunt
by Gary Hunt
April 1st, 2003, 7:29 pm
Forum: Link Watch
Topic: Magical Past-Times
Replies: 1
Views: 541

Magical Past-Times

A new issue of Magical Past-Times: The On-Line Journal of Magic History is now online. Six new articles: Letter from John Henry Anderson To His Son by Houdini; More Snippets from An Illustrated History of White Magic before Robert-Houdin by Fanch Guillemin; March Hare By Ben Robinson; A Revelation b...

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