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Antony Gerard
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Seeing that the above trivia questions have been answered, I thought you might be inteested in a few more. The following bits of magical trivia come from my book "The Funny Side Of Magic." I hope you enjoy.

1. Did you know that it was a magician who invented the coin operated lock as used in pay toilets?

2. Did you know that it was a magician who invented the boom microphone and clapper board as used in the movie industry?

3. What magician is credited with being the first magical lecturer?

4. What magician was once arrested in Peru for speaking to a member of the audience without permission? They obviously had some odd laws in Peru.

5. What was the registration fee for the first Columbus Magi-Fest? Due to inflation, the second year’s registration skyrocketed. What was the registration amount for the second Columbus Magi-Fest?

6. By what name is Paul Braden better known by in the magic community?

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1: Maskelyn
2: Leon Leon who, amazingly, worked for the Glen Glen sound company. (Leon and I were featured in advertising a Japanese TV Special we appeared on in 1980)
6: Paul LePaul

OK, what Magician invented the Clip on necktie? (Not bowtie)

And why.
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Antony Gerard
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Well done Pete you got 1,2, and 6. And now for some clues for numbers 3, 4, and 5.

The magician refered to on number 3 of my above list went to work for the CIA in 1953. He also, at the age of five, saw a performance of the mystery magician refered to in number 4 below. It began for him a lifelong love of conjuring.

The magician refered to on number 4 of my above list changed his name because he did not want to be confused with a magician who had a similar sounding name, Robert Heller.

And now for number 6. I would bet you two bits that you can now guess the cost of the second years Columbus Magi-Fest registration. As for the first year, the coin that tells the tale is the only U.S. coin that has a president pictured on both sides of the coin.

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Hello Kevin

That would be the three correct answers. I will try and post a few more next week.

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Here are a few more magic trivia jems. I hope you enjoy them.

1. Donny and Marie Osmond were both amateur magicians. Do you know what their magic performance name was.

2. Louis Carroll is most remembered for his works “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass”. Do you know what illusion Louis Carroll was watching which inspired his discription of the Cheshire Cat vanish.

3. Which famous magician used "The Man With The Educated Fingers" as his stage name. In addition, how many of his other stage names can you name.

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All of this is really pretty simple.

Try these

1) What is the world's largest magic society? (largest membership)

2) Who was the first millionaire magician?

3) Who was the first successful female owner of a magic shop?

4) What is the first magic routine in print, complete with patter and a full description of the props used? Give the routine, the book and the date of publication.

5) Where is the cup through cup move first described?
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Hint: The answer to number one is not the IBM.
"The Swatter"

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My Chickasaw name is "Throws Money at Cups."

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Bill's teasers:

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#4 'Of the Play of the Balls' in Hocus Pocus Jnr (1634)
#5 Ozanam: Recreations Mathematiques et Physiques (1694)
I have six locks on my door all in a row. When I go out, I only lock every other one. I figure no matter how long somebody stands there picking the locks, they are always locking three. Elayne Boosler
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Excellent!!! All correct so far.

Hints:
#2 was an American magician.
#3 was French.
"The Swatter"

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My Chickasaw name is "Throws Money at Cups."

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Antony Gerard
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I know that Houdini is said to have become a millionair, however, I am not sure if he was the first.

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Bill Palmer
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Nope. As a matter of fact, he didn't keep enough money to be a millionaire.
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My Chickasaw name is "Throws Money at Cups."

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