British Mentalism Team Info?

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British Mentalism Team Info?

Postby Guest » May 16th, 2002, 11:03 am

I'm curious about the British husband/wife team, called (I believe) the Piddington's, who performed radio mentalism in the 50's.

Can anyone recommend a book or article about them?

Why were they such a sensation? And what was the story behind their "exposure"? What ever happened to them?

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Re: British Mentalism Team Info?

Postby Richard Kaufman » May 16th, 2002, 1:32 pm

There has been article or monograph about them ... either in Magicol (the journal of the Magic Collectors Association) or a lecture at the convention with someone selling a monograph afterward.
Michael Edwards might remember ...
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Re: British Mentalism Team Info?

Postby Guest » May 17th, 2002, 2:58 am

Martin Breese is selling a CD on the Piddingtons.
His web site is

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Re: British Mentalism Team Info?

Postby John Pezzullo » May 17th, 2002, 3:43 am

"The Piddingtons" were actually from Australia.

There was a book simply titled "The Piddingtons", written by Russell Braddon, that was published in 1950. I haven't read the book so I can't comment on the book's contents. I do recall reading somewhere that it was a rather sensationalised biography.

John Booth published an article about "The Piddingtons" in one of his columns in "The Linking Ring". I can't recall which issue it was published in, but perhaps there is a forum member who has access to "The Linking Ring on CD-ROM". He or she may be able to provide you with a specific reference.

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