My Magic Life
The Surpreme Magic Company
Magic tricks - History
Devant, David: My Magic Life
©1931 Hutchinson & Co., Ltd., Great Britain
Hardcover, 272 pages
Comments:There have been several reprints through the years, including an edition by Supreme Magic of the U.K.
ix Introduction (J.B. Priestey)
13 Pictures of my Early Life
21 Chapter I My Introduction to Magic
33 Chapter II The Hot Pudding and The Vanishing Lady
45 Chapter III Mixing Magic with Midgets
53 Chapter IV My Attack on London
63 Chapter V I Appear with Maskelyne
70 Chapter VI The First Animated Pictures
80 Chapter VII Magical Sketches
86 Chapter VIII A Feast of Magic
98 Chapter IX Magic and the Public
105 Chapter X Secrets of Magic
116 Chapter XI More Secrets Revealed
128 Chapter XII The Indian Rope Trick
135 Chapter XIII "The Man Who Makes Money"
143 Chapter XIV Magic and Spiritualism
149 Chapter XV Magic in the Past
157 Chapter XVI Conjuring on the Continent
169 Chapter XVII Past Masters of Their Craft
183 Chapter XVIII Magic in the Nineteenth Century
193 Chapter XIX Magicians Abroad
204 Chapter XX The Magic of the East
211 Chapter XXI Magic To-Day and To-Morrow
216 Chapter XXII A Magician's Curtain
221 Appendix 1: Programme of Illusions at the Egyptian Hall from 1886 to 1904
230 Appendix 2: Script of "The Artist's Dream"
234 Appendix 3: Script of "St. Valentine's Eve"
245 Appendix 4: Script of "The Enchanted Hive"
260 Appendix 5: Script of "The Pillar of Brass"
271 Appendix 6: Script of "The Mascot Moth"
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Born in Highgate, London, England. Stage name since 1885 of David Wighton, son of Scottish landscape artist James Wighton. Learned around age 15 from a book. Debut in 1885. Pro illusionist and manipulator. In 1905 taken on as partner by J. N. Maskelyne. First president of The Magic Circle 1905-06. Gave Royal Command Performances 1912 and 1913. Left partnership with Maskelyne in 1915 to go on his own. In 1920, he retired from stage because of illness (paralysis agitans) but continued as writer and teacher.
Prolific inventor, including Artist's Dream (1893), Color Change (1893), the Vest Servante (around 1893), Birth of Flora (1895), Mascot Moth (1905), the New Page (1906) and Vanishing Motorcycle (1913).
Wrote: Hand Shadows (1901), Magic Made Easy (1911), Lessons in Conjuring (1922), Tricks for Everyone: Clever Conjuring with Common Objects (1925), My Magic Life (1931), Secrets of My Magic (1936)
Coauthored: Our Magic with J. Nevil Maskelyne (1911)