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Topic: Nelson Hahne Magic Illustrations
Message: Posted by: David Todd (Nov 11, 2021 12:16PM)
I've always like Nelson Hahne's classic magic catalog and magic book illustrations. So I decided to make a topic just to post some of his artwork.

[img]https://i.imgur.com/q5JZnql.png[/img]

[img]https://i.imgur.com/BcLsv4F.png[/img]

[img]https://i.imgur.com/PWyncPM.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i.imgur.com/xWrs6Pr.jpg[/img]

Hahne's self-portrait for the cover of Linking Ring, June 1949 -

[img]https://i.imgur.com/5SSlOQN.jpg[/img]




More to come ...


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Message: Posted by: David Todd (Nov 11, 2021 12:22PM)
More Nelson Hahne magic artwork -

[img]https://i.imgur.com/ZnkOiX7.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i.imgur.com/d91ksVP.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i.imgur.com/WgjDMLI.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i.imgur.com/KGubCoL.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i.imgur.com/iyMq7Ya.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i.imgur.com/PrQOg8W.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i.imgur.com/y6pRhVD.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i.imgur.com/yV4nbrC.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i.imgur.com/e5fyxQ9.jpg[/img]



Feel free to add more (try to post relatively high-resolution images ... sadly a lot of the catalog cuts that exist
online are low-resolution and don't show his artwork to it's best advantage)



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Message: Posted by: David Todd (Nov 11, 2021 02:17PM)
A couple of more Nelson Hahne illustrations for U.F. Grant -

[img]https://i.imgur.com/2Y59E4s.png[/img]

[img]https://i.imgur.com/QdWX76E.png[/img]
Message: Posted by: Tom G (Nov 12, 2021 07:34AM)
I really like the old magic illustrations, Tarbell, Mishell, etc, and the older catalogs.
Message: Posted by: David Todd (Nov 12, 2021 07:39AM)
Nelson Hahne illustrations for National Magic Co. catalog (circa 1930's) -

[img]https://i.imgur.com/b03ZxGY.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i.imgur.com/d06z8hA.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i.imgur.com/RUwkImh.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i.imgur.com/FEl0R5F.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: David Todd (Nov 13, 2021 08:25AM)
[quote]On Nov 12, 2021, Tom G wrote:
I really like the old magic illustrations, Tarbell, Mishell, etc, and the older catalogs. [/quote]

Here is an illustration which I don't think is by Nelson Hahne , but this drawing sums up what many of us love about the old magic catalogs. The illustrations by Hahne, Tarbell, Mishell, etc. contributed to much of the "romance" that we find in those old catalogs. The drawings were fun to look at (if not always -- [i]ahem[/i] -- 100% accurate in how they depicted the effect ... ) This one is scanned from an issue of New Tops magazine from Abbott's . It's possible it is drawn by the Abbott's staff artist , Howard Melson, although I do not know for sure because it is unsigned.

[img]https://i.imgur.com/gcPJotp.png[/img]



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Message: Posted by: Russo (Nov 13, 2021 08:38AM)
Nice
Message: Posted by: docdazzal (Nov 13, 2021 12:31PM)
Very Cool...

I really miss all those fantastic magic catalogs and drawings. I realize we live in a technological time now...but I used to spend hours going through the UF Grant Popular Magic Catalogs...and the Abbott's Catalog...and of course the Lou Tannen Catalog. Too bad that we have lost some of the great ways to shop for our magic. I relished the arrival of the Nelson Catalogs...thanks for sharing the drawings...love it..!

Dr. Dan
Message: Posted by: Gerry Walkowski (Nov 16, 2021 05:22PM)
I always thought Hahne was one of the best magical artists.
Message: Posted by: JNeal (Nov 16, 2021 07:33PM)
Hahne, Francis Martineau and John Kirby are my three favorite illustrators of magic effects...
In my opinion, Ed Mishell was not at the same level.

There were some other great illustrations in the P and L range, that evoke that wonderful feeling we all had when studying these catalogs.

here's a John Kirbly illustration:
Message: Posted by: David Todd (Nov 17, 2021 07:20AM)
Mishell definitely has a more "cartoony" style.

Another illustrator who contributed to our dream books was Tom Lawless.

[img]https://i.imgur.com/X2Py0Ed.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: David Todd (Nov 19, 2021 09:46PM)
Nelson Hahne illustration for Grant's 'Pent-A-Checkers' -

[img]https://i.imgur.com/V2Nvsrq.png[/img]


[img]https://i.imgur.com/saeRNoL.png[/img]




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Message: Posted by: Rainboguy (Nov 20, 2021 08:29AM)
Not too many magicians are aware of the fact that Marty Hahne of Dazzling Magic is Nelson Hahne's nephew.
Message: Posted by: David Todd (Nov 20, 2021 12:54PM)
[quote]On Nov 20, 2021, Rainboguy wrote:
Not too many magicians are aware of the fact that Marty Hahne of Dazzling Magic is Nelson Hahne's nephew. [/quote]

I did not know that ! That's very interesting. Thank you.


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Message: Posted by: hugmagic (Nov 21, 2021 08:12AM)
I don't think the drawing was a Hahne or Mel.
Chuck Romano wrote a book on all the illustrators in magic.
Sid Lorraine (Sid drew them and his wife Irene inked them all) for many of the Abbott's catalogs, Eddie Clever (PA) Linking Ring. George Johnstone (he did the Okito on Magic book).
Hahne did a lot of magic cartoons for the Lining Ring that I got to look at a lot when I worked not the Klosterman collection.
Nice Topic.
Message: Posted by: David Todd (Nov 23, 2021 05:15PM)
[img]https://i.imgur.com/rqM9glB.png?1[/img]

Nelson Hahne illustration for Max Holden advertisement in Genii magazine , December 1938.

[img]https://i.imgur.com/Joyv4mx.png?1[/img]
Message: Posted by: David Todd (Nov 26, 2021 07:44AM)
[img]https://i.imgur.com/FeP6BLN.png[/img]
Message: Posted by: Russo (Nov 26, 2021 11:56AM)
AHhhhhhhhhhhhh Memories - just looking back into the (Original) Owen Brothers Catalog, equipment $35.00 prices -Now $359. and I still have Catalogs and Equipment - from the late 50's and early 60', when we lived in the San Fernando Valley, L.A., Calif. Their catalog included drawings by Dossett, Hanhe, Hill and others. Ralph
Message: Posted by: David Todd (Nov 26, 2021 01:44PM)
Here's an illustration by Nelson Hahne done for the Thayer catalog, illustrating Thayer's "Latest Flower Growth" (this is from about 1940, according to David Charvet).

[img]https://i.imgur.com/UyXRufh.jpg[/img]

(note the typo in the Thayer catalog ad: misspelling Gerrie Larsen's name "Gerrie Darsen".)
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Here is a photograph posted by David Charvet of a Thayer's Flower Growth apparatus that he has in his collection. I post it here as a rare example of when the actual prop outshines the illustrator's imagination . (usually it's the other way around !)

[img]https://i.imgur.com/qovfDbs.jpg[/img]


Although I do like the [i]conical[/i] tube in the Hahne illustration. I imagine that was how the original apparatus looked , but the tube in the photo above is a later replacement. However, those feather FLOWERS are incredibly gorgeous! (the Thayer catalog description says "cloth flowers" , but these are clearly feather flowers. I wonder if Thayer switched later to supplying it with feather flowers ? The catalog is the late 1930's/early 1940's , but the apparatus in the photo may be from a few years later than the catalog.) Would that every feather flower bouquet and Botania looked that good instead of like some clown's feather duster.



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Message: Posted by: Russo (Nov 26, 2021 04:00PM)
I think the Cone shaped tube give more of an illusion.
Message: Posted by: David Todd (Nov 27, 2021 12:58PM)
More Nelson Hahne illustrations for U.F. Grant -


[img]https://i.imgur.com/WO0LxHu.png[/img]


[img]https://i.imgur.com/I5DrICy.png[/img]



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Message: Posted by: David Todd (Nov 27, 2021 01:22PM)
Nelson Hahne illustration for the Thayer catalog, showing the 'Thayer Card Frame' , where a chosen card appears between two panes of glass wrapped in rubber bands, placed on a wooden stand.

[img]https://i.imgur.com/Rtu3L4O.png[/img]


[img]https://i.imgur.com/pKks9j1.jpg?1[/img]



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Message: Posted by: David Todd (Dec 18, 2021 06:48PM)
[img]https://i.imgur.com/N1Pxb18.png?1[/img]

"Nelson Hahne's 1947 National Magic catalog illustration for the
Perfection Sliding Die Box: "This 'Sucker Box' is beyond doubt one
of the most popular tricks any magician could have in his program.
Whether the audience is young or old, it always fools the wise
guys." Beautifully made of mahogany, hand rubbed, and wax fin-
ish; hinges are chrome plated, giving a rich and attractive appear-
ance. Price $17.85 postpaid"

(adjusted for inflation $17.85 in 1947 dollars would equal $222.48 in 2021.)

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Message: Posted by: Russo (Dec 20, 2021 01:57PM)
Memories - as said, I have several of the above effects bought in the 50's 60's- good stuff. Still cherish them. David, when your car is better, we've got to get together ( to heck with a PM --- L-O-L ) RR
Message: Posted by: David Todd (Dec 20, 2021 05:23PM)
[quote]On Dec 20, 2021, Russo wrote:
Memories - as said, I have several of the above effects bought in the 50's 60's- good stuff. Still cherish them. David, when your car is better, we've got to get together ( to heck with a PM --- L-O-L ) RR [/quote]

Yes, indeed ! Wishing you a Merry Christmas, Ralph.




Ok, so this isn't a Nelson Hahne illustration, but for you folks who don't know "Russo" (Ralph Rousseau) here's a photo of Ralph and his lovely wife Anna from Genii magazine -

[img]https://i.imgur.com/jEo0slL.jpg?1[/img]


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Message: Posted by: David Todd (Dec 28, 2021 12:33PM)
Here is another Nelson Hahne magic illustration.

[img]https://i.imgur.com/gzJDZV0.png[/img]
Message: Posted by: David Todd (Jan 26, 2022 07:19AM)
Here we find Hahne in his 1960's modern graphic style of cartooning for a Christmas illustration that adorned the cover of Linking Ring magazine , Dec. 1962.

[img]https://i.imgur.com/fau3NpV.png?1[/img]
Message: Posted by: dazmagic (Jan 26, 2022 05:32PM)
[quote]On Nov 20, 2021, Rainboguy wrote:
Not too many magicians are aware of the fact that Marty Hahne of Dazzling Magic is Nelson Hahne's nephew. [/quote]

Actually, I am NOT related. I believe you may have seen a post by Stevens Magic, where Mark mentioned this in his newsletter as a joke, because I told him I got that question many times.