The Modern Wizard
Roterberg, A.
A. Roterberg (1895)
In Collection
Magic tricks
USA  eng
Roterberg, August: Latter Day Tricks
©1895 1st Edition, A. Roterberg
Hardcover, 123 pages

Abebooks price range 75.00 - 400.00

Comments ( Roterberg was a dealer, but he also wrote excellent magic books...The Modern Wizard was his first one. It explains tricks with silks, eggs, glasses, billiard balls, coins, candles, pill boxes and more. Roterberg has a very efficient style of describing a trick. He supplies no patter or other fluff, but still manages to explain a trick thoroughly. He packs 68 tricks or methods into merely 120 pages. He closes his book with the chapter "The Art of Magic" where Roterberg gives a crash course in how to be a good magician. See magic as a true form of art, don't give away the secrets and work hard on perfecting your skills.


5 Billiard Ball and Handkerchief
5 Enchanted Billiard Ball and Glass of Water
6 Glass Ball and Handkerchief Trick
8 A New Billiard Ball Trick
10 Another New Billiard Ball Trick
11 Changing Red and Black Billiard Balls
12 Ball and Orange Trick
12 Chameleon Billiard Ball
14 Handkerchief, Which Changes Color
18 Glass Box, Handkerchief and Paper Cone
22 New Changing Handkerchief
23 First Method
24 Second Method
26 Third Method
26 Spirit Handkerchief
28 Flag and Candle Trick
30 Simplified Parasol and Handkerchief Trick
31 Vanishing Handkerchief Tube
34 Changing Handkerchief Tube
35 New Vanishing Handkerchief
36 Handkerchief Productions
37 First Method, Extra Finger
38 Second Method, Finger Shell
40 Third Method, Pocket in the Seam
41 Fourth Method, Improved Hand Box
42 Fifth Method, Rubber Ball
42 Sixth Method, Latest Hand Box
43 Seventh Method, Hand Bag
44 Eighth Method, Wand
45 Ninth Method, Coat Lapel
46 Tenth Method, Cache
47 Eleventh Method, Prepared Handkerchief
50 Lemon, Handkerchief and Hat Trick
52 Vanishing Egg
53 Egg and Handkerchief Shot
54 Enchanted Glass and Egg Trick
56 New Egg Glass and Handkerchief Trick
57 Production of Eggs
57 First Method
57 Second Method
58 New Eggs from the Mouth
59 Vanishing Egg and Bag Trick
60 First Method
61 Second Method
61 Third Method
62 Fourth Method
66 Wine and Water Transformation
66 First Method
67 Second Method
68 Third Method
69 Fourth Method
70 Water of Cana
71 Wine or Water
72 Chameleon Liquids
73 Glass Which Fills Itself
75 Transformation of Paper Shavings into Coffee and Milk
75 First Method
76 Second Method
77 Accomodating Glass
79 Separation of Wine and Water
80 Improved Coin and Orange Trick
82 New Ball of Wool Trick
83 New Aerial Treasury
85 Coins Disappearing from the Plate
86 Bewitched Glass and Coin
87 Aerial Coin
88 Coins, Hat and Plate
90 Appearance of a Bouquet
90 First Method
90 Second Method
91 Third Method
92 Fourth Method
92 Handkerchief, Soup Plate and Flowers
94 Flower Production from the Wand
95 Disappearing Flower Basket
95 Tambourine and Ribbon Trick
99 Enchanted Candles
100 Revolver Shooting Trick
102 Production of Ribbons from the Finger Tips
103 Watch, Glass and Handkerchief Trick
105 Watch and Pill Boxes
107 Black Hand and the Spirit Rings
109 Enchanted Colored Sands
110 Sieve and Water Trick
113 The Art of Magic
Product Details
Extras Autographed
No. of Pages 123
Personal Details
Read It No
Location Magic Library (Home) Shelf T
Condition Very Good
Owner Bryan-Keith Taylor
The Modern Wizard
A. Roterberg
Published by the Author - Copyright ©1895, Chicago, Ill.

Property of Harry Mendoza

Presented to me by Noel & Carleton Young 1965


Harry B. Mendoza

Date of Birth:19 January 1905
Date of Death:15 February 1970, Houston, Texas, USA

Alternate Names:Harry Mendoza | Henry Mendoza

Jump to filmography as: Actor, Actor - TV, Self - TV, Archive Footage
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) (uncredited) .... Frank Loving - Dealer
One Desire (1955) (uncredited) .... Card Player
Three Hours to Kill (1954) (uncredited) .... Card Player
The Eddie Cantor Story (1953) (uncredited) .... Magician
The Stranger Wore a Gun (1953) (uncredited) .... Faro Dealer
The Golden Blade (1953) (uncredited) .... Chinese Magician
Because of You (1952) .... Bumbo
Has Anybody Seen My Gal? (1952) (uncredited) .... Batson
Painting the Clouds with Sunshine (1951) (uncredited) .... Rolondo
Three Little Words (1950) .... The Great Mendoza
The Gunfighter (1950) (uncredited) .... Frank Loving

The Amazing Mr. X (1948) (uncredited) .... Hoffman
... aka The Spiritualist (UK)

Actor - TV:
"The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show" .... The Great Mendoza (1 episode, 1956)
... aka The Burns and Allen Show
- The Magic Act (1956) TV episode (as Harry Mendoza) .... The Great Mendoza
"Adventures of Superman" .... Magician (1 episode, 1954)
... aka Superman (Australia)
- The Clown Who Cried (1954) TV episode (as Henry Mendoza) .... Magician

Self - TV:
"The Colgate Comedy Hour" .... Himself - Actor (1 episode, 1954)
... aka Colgate Summer Comedy Hour (USA: summer title)
... aka Colgate Variety Hour (USA: sixth season title)
... aka Michael Todd Revue (USA: subtitle)
- Episode #4.25 (1954) TV episode (as Harry Mendoza) .... Himself - Actor

Archive Footage:
Superman Flies Again (1954) .... Sung Lo Too (magician)

Carleton Young
A few billing credits as:
Gordon Roberts

Full name:
Carleton Scott Young
1905 - 1994

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above is from the pressbook to MESQUITE BUCKAROO (Metropolitan, 1939). Gordon Roberts is the sixth name down on the cast list.

Carleton S. Young's filmwork as "Gordon Roberts":

Don't know why he used that name or whether it was an error or on purpose. Young was "Gordon Roberts" in a pair of 1939 Bob Steele films for Harry S. Webb's Metropolitan Pictures: RIDERS OF THE SAGE (where he played 'Luke Halsey') and MESQUITE BUCKAROO (where he played 'Sands'). These were among a batch of eight 1939-40 oaters that Steele did for Webb and Metropolitan. Toward the bottom of this webpage, there's a production still from RIDERS OF THE SAGE (Metropolitan, 1939) showing Young/Roberts.

But in a three of the other films in the series, EL DIABLO RIDES, THE PAL FROM TEXAS and SMOKY TRAILS, Young was credited as Carleton Young.

Carleton Young appeared in about 150 sound films, of which 12 were serials and 59 were westerns. His work at Republic Pictures consisted of about 35 films from 1936-1952, and these were a mix of westerns, serials, and other films. He was under a Republic Term Players contract(s) from October 5, 1936 to October 4, 1937, and about half of his Republic work occurred during this one year period.

He did a bunch of B westerns, including the sidekick role (as "Jeff") to Bob Steele and Buster Crabbe in several of the Billy the Kid oaters from Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC).

His best early work was in cliffhangers, and in particular, the role of "Gordon Tracy", brother to Dick Tracy, who gets surgically modified into a vicious criminal in DICK TRACY (Republic, 1937). From roughly 1937 through the early 1940s, Young was busy at Republic and Universal in cliffhangers DICK TRACY RETURNS, THE LONE RANGER RIDES AGAIN, THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN MARVEL, THE ADVENTURES OF RED RYDER, BUCK ROGERS, more. One of his better serial roles was as Mexican President Benito Juarez in ZORRO'S FIGHTING LEGION.

After his "serial and B western period", Young popped up in various features, including many that were directed by John Ford and/or starring John Wayne.

I realize he did all kinds of roles, but my remembrances of Young in these later films is Carleton Young wearing uniforms of high ranking military officers. A good example is THE GLENN MILLER STORY (Universal, 1954) - at the end, General Hap Arnold (played by Barton MacLane) drops by the office of an un-named General so he can notify Helen Miller that her bandleader husband is missing. That un-named General was Carleton Young.

He portrayed an Army Colonel in the Tyrone Power AMERICAN GUERILLA IN THE PHILIPPINES (1950); was a Confederate officer in the John Ford/John Wayne THE HORSE SOLDIERS (1959); was the military officer prosecuting Woody Strode in the John Ford directed SERGEANT RUTLEDGE (Warners, 1960); was an Army Colonel in one of the finest of the 1950s B&W Sci-Fi flicks, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (1951) which starred Michael Rennie and a robot named Gort. And he wore uniforms in the John Wayne films OPERATION PACIFIC (Batjac/Warners, 1951) and FLYING LEATHERNECKS (RKO, 1951).

Ron McKnight reminded me of another good Young screen appearance as "Winslow" in John Ford's THE LAST HURRAH (1958), a tale of politics, political bosses and running for office which starred Spencer Tracy and Jeffrey Hunter. Ron also noted that Young did a great WAGON TRAIN episode - "The Colter Craven Story" aired November 23, 1960, was directed by John Ford, and was Ward Bond's last episode. Young is "Craven", a doctor who is continually drunk, and Anna Lee plays his wife. Members of the cast included John Carradine, Ken Curtis, Hank Worden ... and John Wayne in a guest role as General Sherman.

Young's booming baritone voice is easily recognizable. And his dialog delivery is clear and concise - probably because he worked on Broadway and did plays.

To many of us, Carleton Young's most memorable screen role is that of newspaper editor/journalist "Maxwell Scott" in John Ford's THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE (1962). James Stewart (as Ransom Stoddard) tells the story of Tom Donophan (John Wayne), and Young's reply to Stewart is one of my favorite movie quotes:
"This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend."

Noel Toy Young

Movie and TV performer Carleton Scott Young (1905-1994)
There's an obituary on the website for Noel Toy Young ... who met and married a soldier and actor named Carleton Young in 1945. She passed away on December 24, 2003 and the obit mentions that her husband, Carleton Young, died in 1994. The obit is at:, and I've also cut 'n' pasted it below:

Noel Toy Young, a Chinese-American fan dancer whose nude performances brought her renown at some of the hottest clubs in San Francisco and New York, died Dec. 24, five days after having a stroke. She was 84. Mrs. Young's performances during which she danced in nothing more than ostrich plumes turned a San Francisco Chinese nightclub called Forbidden City into one of the nation's most famous clubs. She often was called the "Chinese Sally Rand" because of her performances with fans and a huge, transparent plastic bubble. Mrs. Young packed in crowds at New York clubs like the Stork Club, Maxie's, the 18th Club, Lou Walter's Latin Quarter and Leon & Eddie's. She also appeared in movies, alongside Clark Gable and Susan Hayward in "Soldier of Fortune" and Humphrey Bogart and Gene Tierney in "How to Be Popular." In later years, she appeared on the TV show "M*A*S*H" and in the 1986 film "Big Trouble in Little China," starring Kurt Russell. Born in San Francisco, Mrs. Young was the first of eight children born to parents who immigrated to California from Canton, China. Mrs. Young's parents opened a laundry in Inverness, where they were said to be the only Chinese residents. Mrs. Young was just months away from receiving a journalism degree from the University of California Berkeley when she accepted an offer to perform in a show at the World's Fair on Treasure Island in 1939. Later that year, businessman Charlie Low invited Mrs. Young to work at his club, Forbidden City. Business tripled within three months. Mrs. Young later decided to change her name to Noel Toy, because she loved Christmas. Mrs. Young met and married a soldier and actor named Carleton Young in 1945, who became spellbound after seeing her perform at Latin Quarter in New York. They remained married until he died in 1994. Mrs. Young lived in Los Angeles until moving to Antioch last year. She is survived by two sisters, Lotus Now of Rio Vista and Alyce Wu of Walnut Creek; three brothers, Ken Hom of Hercules, Joe Hom of El Cerrito and Henry Hom of Oakland, and a nephew.
September, 2004: the question on the two Carleton Youngs is solved. Jim Tipton's Find A Grave website has internment info and photos of Noel Toy Young and her husband Carleton Young whose ashes are together at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in California. Go to:

August Roterberg
Born Hamberg, Germany Born 1867 Died September 23, 1928

Cause of death natural causes
Nationality German
Occupation magic shop owner
Known for sleight of Hand, card magic

August Roterberg (1867 - 1928) was born in Hamburg, Germany and emigrated to the United States around 1883 as a teenager. He started out selling magic by mail order, and then opened a magic store in Chicago. It was housed in the lobby of the "old" Palmer House Hotel.

Roterberg really started the modern age of magic publishing. His books were the first in English, written expressly for magicians. Roterberg's books were published by a magic dealer specifically for sale in magical depots, rather than for wide distribution to the general public. He ended up selling his mail order business in 1908 to Ralph W. Read and his shop to Arthur & Carl Felsman in 1916.

Roterberg is best known as a magic inventor and is credited with inventing the "Multiplying Billiard Balls" trick.
He eventually retired around 1917 and eventually moved to California, where lived until death.

Published Works
The Modern Wizard (1895)
Latter Day Tricks (1896)
New Era Card Tricks (1897)
Card Tricks and How To Do Them (1902)