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Reis O'Brien
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Hi all...
I recently found a copy of Dunninger's Encyclopedia at a local used book store. I absolutely love the old-style prose and approach of the book. If not all too practical in these modern times, it's still a fun resource for a peek at the history of our craft.
However, as an illustrator, I found myself quite taken with the artwork. It's rough, at times sloppy, but all the same clearly denotes a very specific style. Does anyone here have any information on who illustrated it? My copy doesn't say (or at least I can't find it). Was it one person? A group of people? Was this person or persons also magicians themselves?
Any help would be great.
Thanks!
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David Charvet
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The book is made up of clippings from Hugo Gernsback's (sp?) "Science and Invention" magazine from the 1920's. Most likely done by a staff artist/artists.
Rennie
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I can tell you one thing about this book, they must have printed millions of them as they are the most available book of any I have ever seen.They can be picked up very reasonable and are fun to look at and read, as for practical magic, no way...
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