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Topic: Entertaining or amusing magic biographies recomendations?
Message: Posted by: Greg Kiefer (Apr 21, 2019 03:37PM)
A couple of magic biographies Iíve enjoyed are Harry Loyrayneís Before I Forget and Arthur Brandonís Milo & Roger: A Magical Life. Does anyone have a favorite magic biography recommendation?
Message: Posted by: landmark (Apr 21, 2019 06:16PM)
I enjoyed Jim Steinmeyer's Thurston bio and his Chung Ling Soo bio. There was a nice memoir also written by one of Dante's assistants. The name escapes me at the moment, but it was a fun backstage look at a touring life. Whenever this topic is mentioned, the Bamberg autobiography invariably is named as well.
Message: Posted by: Rachmaninov (Apr 21, 2019 08:27PM)
Iíve read several biographies, all were rather boring (Fay, Hurst, Golden, Mr Electric, Levante, AngelÖ). The only which captured my interest was the Robert Houdin one, in French, Comment on devient sorcier. It shaped the way Iím studying, practicing and performing magic.
Message: Posted by: ekins (Apr 22, 2019 04:51PM)
A few biographies that are a fun read are:

Wise Guy by Harry Anderson - Not only a biography but also includes many of the effects he developed. The biography portion is interesting.

The Odds Against Me by John Scarne - This is a true biography but it often reads more like an action novel. It's amazing the experiences Scarne had. You can find used copies for a reasonable price on Amazon

Tabman Magic by Tabby Crabb - Another person with a lot of amazing experiences and writes about them very openly and honestly. This is also available on Amazon and I'm not sure if it's still available anywhere else.

Carney, Pitchman, Indian Chief by Carl Herron (Brother Shadow) - Another interesting and fun read. Unfortunately, it looks like this is a difficult one to find and all I found were a couple of opportunists asking extortionist prices. It's worth keeping an eye out for though.
Message: Posted by: mindmagic (Apr 23, 2019 03:24AM)
I can recommend The Secret Life of Houdini by Kalush and Sloman.

Barry
Message: Posted by: Ray Haining (Apr 23, 2019 09:22AM)
There's also [i]Spellbound: The Wonder-filled Life of Doug Henning[/i].

Note that there is a difference between biography and autobiography, the latter being a biography written by the subject themselves.
Message: Posted by: kamlet (Apr 23, 2019 10:54AM)
Some of my favorites: (in no particular order)

Pleasant Nightmares - Dr. Neff and his Madhouse of Mystery by William V. Rauscher

We Remember Dante by Joel Ray - while not so much a biography - the stories told by those that knew Dante really paint a picture....

Beating a Dead Horse: The Life and Times of Jay Marshall

Don't Fool Yourself: The Magical Life of Dell O'Dell - by Michael Claxton



Mike
Message: Posted by: miltos (Apr 24, 2019 04:11AM)
Robert Houdin Biography.
Message: Posted by: noble1 (Apr 24, 2019 06:58PM)
I LIE FOR MONEY - candid outrageous stories from a magician's misadventures - about Steve Spill from the Magicopolis show in Santa Monica - available hardcover, kindle, audibles, etc - here's the amazon link:
https://www.amazon.com/Lie-Money-Outrageous-Magician%C2%92s-Misadventures/dp/1632204924
Message: Posted by: landmark (Apr 24, 2019 08:18PM)
I'll second that. Hilarious and informative.
Message: Posted by: Greg Kiefer (Apr 28, 2019 03:00PM)
Hello all! Many thanks to you all for the above recommendations. I guess I better get cracking with the many biographies and autobiographies book recommendations. I tend to enjoy the stories from the early 1900ís. Such as Al Baker tome that came out several years ago (the title escapes me). I missed an opportunity to meet Tabby Crabb. At one time he lived not too far from me. I believe he passed away several years ago in South Georgia. He was very active in the workshop forum on this site.
Message: Posted by: Vogler (Apr 30, 2019 10:07AM)
Hiding the elephant by Steinmeyer! excellent history book , but also pure joy!
Message: Posted by: Pop Haydn (May 7, 2019 03:42PM)
You might enjoy my book, [b]Stories of a Street Performer[/b]:

[img]https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41s0rIEgLcL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg[/img]

https://www.amazon.com/Stories-Street-Performer-Whit-Haydn/dp/1937981339
Message: Posted by: senno52 (May 7, 2019 06:44PM)
The Coney Island Fakir: The Magical Life of Al Flosso
Message: Posted by: Pop Haydn (May 9, 2019 04:52PM)
Magic for Magicians by Nightingale the Mystifier. Wonderful book by a world-trotting magician who quit vaudeville in 1915 to become an electrical engineer for Westinghouse, and eventually the creator of garden lighting. He designed the lights for Brookledge-Thayer's home and shop in Los Angeles.

[img]https://pictures.abebooks.com/QUICKERTHANTHEEYE/22704815196.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: MaxfieldsMagic (May 10, 2019 06:51AM)
[quote]On Apr 24, 2019, noble1 wrote:
I LIE FOR MONEY - candid outrageous stories from a magician's misadventures - about Steve Spill from the Magicopolis show in Santa Monica - available hardcover, kindle, audibles, etc - here's the amazon link:
https://www.amazon.com/Lie-Money-Outrageous-Magician%C2%92s-Misadventures/dp/1632204924 [/quote]

The Audible version of this is special because Spill reads it himself.
Message: Posted by: motown (May 11, 2019 12:35AM)
Two favorites of mine are:
Dante: The Devil Himself and Blackstone: A Magicianís Life.
Message: Posted by: magicfish (May 12, 2019 11:55PM)
Paul Daniels and the Story of Magic by John Fisher.
Message: Posted by: markmiller (May 13, 2019 07:33PM)
I Lie for Money by Steve Spill
Message: Posted by: JoeLyons (Jun 11, 2019 07:22AM)
Milo & Roger is a great read.

Illusion Show by David Bamberg is also one of the best.