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SharkTrager
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Hi there,

Can anyone tell me any good resources on the web for info on Victorian magic - effects, magicians etc?

Failing that, the best books on the subject. It has to be Victorian though - 1837 - 1901

Many thanks

Mark
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Even though it's a more recent book, take a look at Charles Bertram: The Court Conjurer by Edwin Dawes (1997).

Also, check out The Modern Conjurer and Drawing Room Entertainer by C. Lang Neil.

See the pages at the Lybrary http://www.lybrary.com/index.html?goto=b......gic.html for an e-book version.
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Thanks for that Barry, I'll have a look.

Any other suggestions greatly appreciated.
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The Hoffmann books are also an excellent source of material of that period.

Some of them are even on line at the Learned Pig.
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Ditto all the above, especially Hoffmann and Learned Pig.

Also check out "Victorian Magic" by Geoffrey Fredrick Lamb. I have my own copy, won on Ebay, but just saw it available at Amazon.com.
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Thanks guys so much.

I'm off to check them out right now.

Mark

Posted: Nov 24, 2004 3:23pm Just received my copy of Victorian Magic. A great read actually - lovely stories about Houdin, Maskelyne etc.

I particularly liked the fact that Robert-Houdin only got into magic because he asked a bookseller for a book on watchmaking as was his father's profession but was accidentally given a book on conjuring and the rest is history.
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Try Tom Sawyer's Victorian-Age Conjuing Books, a scholarly book chock full of information on books of that era.
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On 2004-11-25 01:54, Clay Shevlin wrote:
Try Tom Sawyer's Victorian-Age Conjuing Books, a scholarly book chock full of information on books of that era.


More detail, please. Is that the title of the book?
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