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Topic: Book Trivia for You Experts Out There...
Message: Posted by: Clay Shevlin (Jun 26, 2004 01:17PM)
So you think you know books? Have a try at these questions and test your IQ as a magic history bibliophile. The answers to at least 8 of these questions can be found in print, online, or in the books themselves. I'll post the answers in a couple of days.

I've always loved magic trivia (even though I'm really bad at it), so for fun I thought I'd post ten trivia questions concerning magic books.

1. What is the earliest English-language bibliography published which is devoted to conjuring books? Who compiled it and when was it published? (1 point)

2. How many printings of Jasper Maskelyne's [i]Magic - Top Secret[/i] were done? (2 points)

3. What is the earliest English-language history published which is devoted to legerdemain? Who wrote it and when was it published? (1 point)

4. Name the earliest English-language (auto)biography where deluxe, trade and paperback editions were issued in the same year. (2 points)

5. What's the title of the earliest magic book known to describe pulling a rabbit out of a hat and what year was it published? (1 point)

6. What year was C. Lang Neil's [i]The Modern Conjurer[/i] first published? (1 point)

7. True or false: there's a bibliography of card tricks in Maskelyne & Devant's [i]Our Magic[/i]. (1 point)

8. Fill in the blank: there were at least __ printings of Milbourne Christopher's [i]The Illustrated History of Magic[/i]. (1 point)

9. Name the magic history title published by John Mulholland in 1945 (not a magazine article but a separate book). (1 point)

10. True or false: Tom Sawyer is the author of books on magic history. (1 point)

Some of the questions are easy, some less so, and some are really difficult (in my opinion).
Message: Posted by: rickmagic1 (Jun 27, 2004 03:19PM)
The only one that I even think I have an answer for is number 6: 1902.

Message: Posted by: Clay Shevlin (Jun 27, 2004 03:58PM)
Thanks, Rick!

C'mon guys and gals out there, is this post really that bad or uninteresting? Take a crack at these questions. I KNOW that some of you out there can make a serious dent in these questions.

And in the hopes of something happening on this thread, I'll say that Rick's answer is ... CORRECT! (Many collectors think the year was 1903.)
Message: Posted by: Craig Matsuoka (Jun 27, 2004 10:27PM)

The writing staff of Jeopardy could probably use your help right about now. Man, those are some tough questions!

I'm no Ken Jennings, but here are my guesses anyway:

1. William Ellis Stanyon, [i]A Bibliography of Conjuring & Kindred Arts[/i] (1899)

3. Thomas Frost, [i]The Lives of the Conjurors[/i] (1876); Hardin Jasper Burlingame, [i]History of Magic and Magicians[/i] (1895)

5. Louis Comte, [i]Voyages et seances anecdotiques de Monsieur Comte[/i] (1816); Louis Comte, [i]Nouveau manuel complet sorciers[/i] (1829)

7. True (pp. 181-193)

9. [i]The Early Magic Shows[/i]

10. True. Thomas Alan “Tom” Sawyer is an attorney, historian, and bibliographer. Pen name “Arthur Dodge”. Authored many books on magic. Publishes [i]Aphelion[/i], a magazine devoted to magic history.

Let the derisive laughter and head shaking begin.
Message: Posted by: Samuel (Jun 28, 2004 03:08AM)
8. The answer is 1 - as there probably was at least 1 printing. :kermit:
Message: Posted by: Clay Shevlin (Jun 29, 2004 08:26PM)
Well I guess nobody cared... sniff.

Here are the answers:

1. Henry Ridgely Evans, 1897, as an appendix to [i]Hopkins' Stage Magic[/i]. Craig's answer was correct to the extent that Stanyon's bibliography was the first to be published as a stand-alone publication.

2. Two printings were done, which is a bit surprising considering how how hard this title is to find.

3. Craig's answer is correct (Frost).

4. Kellar's [i]A Magician's Tour[/i] (1886). The deluxe edition had bevelled edges on the cloth binding and all page edges were gilt.

5. Craig threw me a curve on that one - and he may be right. I was not aware of the titles he references. My question was intended to be limited to the English language, in which case the first book I know of was A.B. Engstrom's [i]The Humorous Magician Unmasked[/i] (1836).

6. 1902, as Rick correctly answered.

7. True, as Craig wrote.

8. Samuel must have been trained as a lawyer (that's intended as a compliment Samuel, not an insult), for his answer is, of course, correct. I am aware of at least three printings of this book.

9. Craig is correct.

10. True, and Craig has provided accurate information in his answer.

Craig wins the dubious prize, and Samuel gets the Wag Award for his answer.

Thanks for reading.
Message: Posted by: The Magician (Mar 21, 2005 02:45PM)
Number 1. The Discoverie of witchcraft by Reginald E Scot. year 1584
Message: Posted by: Clay Shevlin (Mar 22, 2005 12:45AM)
Dear The Magician: The answer is above: Henry Ridgely Evans, 1897, as an appendix to Hopkins' Stage Magic. Craig's answer was correct to the extent that Stanyon's bibliography was the first to be published as a stand-alone publication.