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On a recent trip to Chicago I spent the day hanging out at Magic Inc. and this book was literally hot of the press. Written by David Witter and published by The History Press.
Chapters Include:
1. The World of Magic, Houdini and the 1893 World's Fair
2. The Early Stars of Magic and Chicago's Vaudeville Era
3. Houdini, Chicago and the Great Debunking of Spiritualism
4. Harry Blackstone Sr.: Chicago Native and the Last "King of Magic"
5. Magic,Inc.:The Soul of Chicago Magic.
6. Riverview Magic: What Nostalgia Forgot to Record.
7. Chicago's Golden Age of Magic.
8. Schulien's; America's Greatest Magic Restaurant.
9. Marshall Brodien: Riverview, Bozo's Circus and TV Magic Cards.
10. Magigals: Frances Ireland.
11. Celeste Evans: Breaking More Barriers.
12. Maritess Zurbano: Girlie Magic for The New Millennium.
13. Bizarre Magic Chicago.
14. Walter E. King, aka "Spellbinder"; Regal Magic
15. Sean Masterson: Restoring The Early Days of Magic.
16. Magic Chicago: Every First Wednesday of the Month.
17. Neil Tobin and Supernatural Chicago: Magic and Chicago Hauntings.
18. Dennis Watkins: Reviving Houdini and Magic at The Palmer House.
19. Fun Facts About Magic: Magical Songs.
20. Celebrity Magicians.
Quick Guide to Chicagoland Magic, Magicians and Magical Events.
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At 128 pages it is a quick easy read with nice photographs and some great magic History.
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I look forward to seeing it myself!

Creator of The Xpert (20 PAGES of reviews!) and the Hands-Off Multiple ESP System ("Quality and design far exceed any ESP cards on the market"-Genii), and contributor to the ebook GOLD: When It HAS To Be Performance GOLD -- all at Penguin.
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Review of Chicago Magic by David Witter
It wasn't the brightest thing I've ever done in my life. Sadly though, it was far from the dumbest.
-- Zachary Nixon Johnson
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Hey guys,

I am writing a Historical paper for the Honors College at University of Illinois at Chicago on the topic of Chicago Magic. I came across this book and it is so far the only compilation of info I can find (not a source but starting point). Is there any credible sources you can recommend for me? I am stuck with only newspaper articles.

Thank much!

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