The Illustrated History of Magic
Milbourne Christopher
Ty Crowell Co (1973)
In Collection
Magic tricks - History
Hardcover 0690431651
USA  eng
Christopher, Milbourne: The Illustrated History of Magic
©1973 Thomas Y. Crowell & Co., NY
Hardcover, w/dj, 452 pages
©1996 Heinemann
Hardcover, w/dj, 484 pages
Illustrated History of Magic

Comments: Color illustrated. From the dust jacket flap: "This is the most comprehensive history of magic ever published. Drawing from his own famous collection of magic memorabilia, Mr. Christopher has illustrated his history with a wealth of prints, photographs, playbills, and engravings - many of them rare items never before published." The 1996 edition includes some updates by Maureen Christopher.

Contents: (Chapters Only - 1973 edition)
1 Chapter 1 Myth or Magic
8 Chapter 2 The First Wonder-Workers
30 Chapter 3 The Automaton Chess Player
48 Chapter 4 Magic in the Colonies
69 Chapter 5 American Indian Conjuring
82 Chapter 6 Professor Pinetti
97 Chapter 7 Signor Blitz
111 Chapter 8 The Great Wizard of the North
131 Chapter 9 Robert-Houdin Innovator
155 Chapter 10 England's Home of Mystery
181 Chapter 11 The Great Herrmanns
198 Chapter 12 Around the World with Kellar
222 Chapter 13 Thurston The Wonder Show of the Universe
241 Chapter 14 Ching Ling Foo, Chung Ling Soo, and The Great Lafayette
259 Chapter 15 The Selbit Sensations
274 Chapter 16 The Great Vaudeville Specialists
293 Chapter 17 Le Roy and Goldin Trendsetters
319 Chapter 18 Carter, Nicola, and Raymond
339 Chapter 19 Houdini
368 Chapter 20 Blackstone Versus Dante
388 Chapter 21 Dunninger Master Mentalist
401 Chapter 22 Big Shows and Small Screens

433 Sources and Acknowledgements
435 Bibliography
441 Index
Product Details
LoC Classification GV1543.C45
Dewey 793.8
No. of Pages 452
Original Publication Year 1973
Personal Details
Read It No
Location Magic Library (Home) Shelf D
Condition Very Fine
Owner Bryan-Keith Taylor
Christopher, Milbourne
Major American magical entertainer, author, inventor and collector. Performed a popular full-evening show for many years. Produced and performed in the first network TV magic special, "The Festival of Magic", broadcast on May 27, 1957 on NBC-TV (a show which also featured Cardini's last television appearance). He wrote a long-running column in Hugard's Magic Monthly under the pen name "Frank Joglar", derived from words meaning "candid magician".
Invented: Telegram to Flowers, Eeire Rabbit and the original Forgetful Freddy
He wrote a number of classic books on magic history, including Panorama of Magic, The Illustrated History of Magic, Milbourne Christopher's Magic Book (1977), and Houdini: The Untold Story.