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Dover Books on Magic

Posted: February 21st, 2014, 2:39 pm
by atkinsod
I've recently posted an article on my website that lists all of the books that Dover has ever published on Magic Tricks. Are there any books that anyone knows of that are not in the list? For example, did Dover publish Hoffmann's Latest Magic or More Magic books? Also, in case you didn't already know, Dover has recently begun selling e-book versions of many of their books.

The link to the article (not yet linked from anywhere on my website yet): http://magicref.tripod.com/magref/doverbooks10.htm

Enjoy, and thanks for any additional input.

Doug Atkinson

Re: Dover Books on Magic

Posted: February 21st, 2014, 3:03 pm
by Bill Mullins
That's a nice piece of work. There's a lot of overlooked magic in the Dover books, and usually at a good price. Fulves' Self-Working Table Magic is a particular favorite of mine.

It might be appropriate for the entry for Martin Gardner's Science Magic to reflect that the original Sterling edition is a compilation of MG's tricks that had been previously published in his "Martin Gardner's Corner" column in Magic Magazine, and in a similar column he wrote in Physics Teacher. (Some were in both mags, some only in one or the other.)

Re: Dover Books on Magic

Posted: February 21st, 2014, 3:08 pm
by atkinsod
Thanks, Bill. That's exactly the type of tidbits I'd like to add. I know that some were upset with Dover for grabbing up Modern Coin Magic, but overall I'd say that the Dover books have been a good service to promote magic.

Re: Dover Books on Magic

Posted: February 21st, 2014, 3:56 pm
by I.M. Magician
I must agree with you Doug in that those books have been a good service to magic. I enjoyed reading your Dover book list. It brings back memories of some Dover books I bought early on in my magic life such as MAGIC TRICKS AND CARD TRICKS by Wilfrid Jonson, MAGIC AND SHOWMANSHIP by Henning Nelms, and HOUDINI ON MAGIC by Walter Gibson.

The above titles are still among my favorites. Dover was to books what SS Adams was to tricks for a young guy starting out in magic in the old days. They were both affordable and accessible.

Re: Dover Books on Magic

Posted: February 22nd, 2014, 5:15 pm
by atkinsod
While most of the Dover books are readily available (even most of the out of print ones), a few seem to be harder to find. I expect they printed fewer copies of these books:

Hofzinser, Johann N.: Hofzinser's Card Conjuring.

Maskelyne, Nevil: Maskelyne on the Performance of Magic (Part One of Maskelyne and Devant's Our Magic) - I've never seen this one

Robert-Houdin, J.E.: King of the Conjurer: Memoirs of Robert-Houdin

Scot, Reginald: Discoverie of Witchcraft

Re: Dover Books on Magic

Posted: February 22nd, 2014, 6:47 pm
by David Linsell
To give you an idea of what these look like here off my shelve are are three of the scarce Dover titles:

Hofzinser, Johann N.: Hofzinser's Card Conjuring
(Dover published 1986)

Robert-Houdin, J.E.: King of the Conjurer: Memoirs of Robert-Houdin (Dover published 1964)

Maskelyne, Nevil: Maskelyne on the Performance of Magic (Part One of Maskelyne and Devant's Our Magic)
(Dover published 1976)

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Re: Dover Books on Magic

Posted: February 22nd, 2014, 7:59 pm
by Bill Mullins
atkinsod wrote:While most of the Dover books are readily available (even most of the out of print ones), a few seem to be harder to find. I expect they printed fewer copies of these books:

Hofzinser, Johann N.: Hofzinser's Card Conjuring.

Maskelyne, Nevil: Maskelyne on the Performance of Magic (Part One of Maskelyne and Devant's Our Magic) - I've never seen this one

Robert-Houdin, J.E.: King of the Conjurer: Memoirs of Robert-Houdin

Scot, Reginald: Discoverie of Witchcraft


I've seen the Hofzinser book for sale a couple of times in the last couple of years, for $40 each. I wonder if it will drop in value after the new big Hofzinser book.

The Reginald Scot book appears to still be in print.

Re: Dover Books on Magic

Posted: February 22nd, 2014, 9:07 pm
by Richard Kaufman
Karl Fulves was behind the Dover reprint of Hofzinser, and boy was Sam Sharpe pissed off about that!

Re: Dover Books on Magic

Posted: February 22nd, 2014, 11:07 pm
by Jonathan Townsend
Richard Kaufman wrote:Karl Fulves was behind the Dover reprint of Hofzinser


Have to thank Karl Fulves for making that book available and just at the time when I was new to magic and looking for a book on card tricks. I found it a trove of inspiring material and ideas. Card magic as vital art form was so much more appealing compared to the card game/cheating aesthetic about shuffling, dealing, finding aces...

Re: Dover Books on Magic

Posted: February 23rd, 2014, 6:30 am
by lybrary
We retail all 3000+ Dover books as ebooks. Among them are 31 magic ebooks. You can see all Dover magic ebooks here http://www.lybrary.com/advanced_search_ ... mm-dd-yyyy

Re: Dover Books on Magic

Posted: February 23rd, 2014, 12:17 pm
by atkinsod
Hey Chris,

At Lybrary.com, I could not find the following e-book that is listed at the Dove site: Fulves, Karl: Self-Working Close Up Card Magic

However, you do have listed the following e-books that are NOT currently listed (with e-books) over at Dover:
Victor, Edward: Classic Card Tricks
James, Stewart: Abbott's Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks
Sachs, Edwin: Art of Magic
Hatton & Plate: Magician's Tricks

And yes, I should have done better research: The Discoverie of Witchcraft is still available at DoverPublications.com. That's what I get for sticking to the "magic" category rather than searching the entire site. They do not list is as available in e-book format yet, though. That's one of the reasons I have formally linked to the article yet - it needs a bit more fine-tuning!

Thanks so much.

Re: Dover Books on Magic

Posted: February 23rd, 2014, 3:39 pm
by lybrary
I do have "Self Working Card Tricks" by Fulves, but I guess that is a different title, or maybe just a title change. Dover sometimes likes to change the title and cover for marketing reasons.

Re: Dover Books on Magic

Posted: February 23rd, 2020, 11:55 pm
by Bill Mullins
A history of Dover. Apparently the new ownership is changing the direction of the company. I hope they keep the magic books.

Re: Dover Books on Magic

Posted: February 24th, 2020, 4:44 pm
by Zig Zagger
Thank you for posting that link. A very interesting read on the Dover Book history and their overall contributions to the publishing industry!

Since the old links above provided by atkinsod and Chris Wasshuber six years ago do not seem to work anymore, I have tried to update them:

https://magicref.net/magref/doverbooksonmagic.htm

https://www.lybrary.com/search.php?keywords=Dover

Re: Dover Books on Magic

Posted: June 16th, 2020, 3:54 pm
by Bill Mullins
LSC Communications, the company that owns Dover, is going through bankruptcy.

Re: Dover Books on Magic

Posted: June 16th, 2020, 7:39 pm
by Ted M
Nooooooooooooooooo!

Re: Dover Books on Magic

Posted: June 16th, 2020, 9:02 pm
by MagicbyAlfred
Ted M wrote:Nooooooooooooooooo!


No worries, Ted, in all likelihood they will survive. It's a Chapter 11 reorganization and restructuring, as opposed to a belly-up Chapter 13 complete (go-out-of-business) bankruptcy. Under the Chapter 11 scenario, debts to creditors are paid or partially repaid, on a manageable schedule, according to a plan submitted to and approved by the Bankruptcy court. Under a Chapter 11 plan, unlike Chapter 13 bankruptcy, a business can stay open and keep operating, even while the Chapter 11 proceedings are pending. It's no absolute guarantee of the company's long-term survival, but businesses that go through Chapter 11 often make it and continue to be viable...

Re: Dover Books on Magic

Posted: June 16th, 2020, 10:48 pm
by Richard Hatch
Doug, a couple of small corrections:
On Dover's reprint of Sharpe's translation of Fischer's Hofzinser's Card Conjuring: Although the original book was written in German, it was written in Austria, not Germany (1910) and though Sharpe's original edition was published in London in 1931, the Dover edition is a reprint of Fulves' Gutenberg Press edition of 1973, which included some corrections and additions by Sharpe (the Dover edition omits the color plate of Hofzinser cards included in the Fulves edition). I had Sam Sharpe sign my copy of the Dover edition and he wrote on the title page: "Dirty tricks edition for Dick Hatch, Sam Sharpe 1986". My recollection is that after Sam, as the copyright holder, complained to Dover, they made a token payment to him ($150? I have the figure in correspondence somewhere) in lieu of royalties. This may have led to their decision not to keep the book in print.

My copy of the Dover edition of Robert-Houdin's Memoirs says it is an "unabridged" reprint of the 1942 T. Werner Laurie Ltd. edition, "to which have been added a new Introduction, Appendix and Notes prepared by Milbourne Christopher."

Thanks for maintaining this site on Dover publications, very helpful to bibliographers!
Incidentally, back when I was running H & R Magic Books with Charlie Randall, we got a pre-publication advertisement from Dover for an edition of Harry Lorayne's Close Up Card Magic. The ad copy made it clear that they thought Harry was no longer among the living. He was notified and was able to kill the publication.

Re: Dover Books on Magic

Posted: July 6th, 2020, 10:18 am
by Topovich
Some of the titles in the Dover series are under-rated and often go relatively unnoticed. A good example is Allan Zola Kronzek's A Book of Magic for Young Magicians.