I have been interested in magic for over forty years, I am a member of The Society of American Magicians (S.A.M.), The International Brotherhood of Magicians (I.B.M.), The International Magicians Society (I.M.S.) and The Maine Magic Kings.
My collection consists of over 4,724 magic books, photographs of magicians, magic tokens, wooden nickels, magician business cards, throw out cards, vintage magic gimmicks and tricks, magic memorabilia and ephemera. Many of my books are first editions, and a fair number of my books and photographs are autographed. My magic DVD and video collection has over 1,046 items and many of these are autographed as well. If you click on the thumbnail pictures you will find out when the item was published, the author, if it’s a first edition as well as any other information I have about that item. The magic book web pages are sorted by authors last name, the DVD and video by title.I hope you find something of interest on my site.
"Famous Magician Quotes"
"The Magician Who Despises Magical Literature has Ceased to Keep in Step with His Profession"
1937- by Dr. A.M. Wilson, then Editor of Sphynx Magazine.
"The artist who is satisfied with himself, is not an artist anymore. He is dead."
Rodolfo, (Rezso G?cs) Famous Hungarian Magician
"In magic, today as always, the effect is what counts. The method or methods used are always purely secondary."
"...any effect to be successful must first be founded upon a simple method and then be performed with a direct to-the-point presentation."
"The fact that a trick fooled you is not enough reason to perform it."
"The secret of showmanship consists not of what you really do, but what the mystery-loving public thinks you do."
"You can fool the eyes and minds of the audience, but you cannot fool their hearts."
"It is presentation which lifts the card trick from the level of the commonplace puzzle to the status of an unforgettable and inexplicable mystery."
"A magician is an actor playing the part of a magician."
Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin
"My brain is the key that sets me free."
"A fundamental understanding of the human psyche is the essential key to successful magic."
Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin
"Someone creates a trick,many people perfect it, but its final success in front of an audience depends on the person who presents it."
"No matter how smart or well-educated you are, you can be deceived."
"My only fear is the unknown."
"If I could climax as many times as a Derek Dingle routine I would be a happy man."
"Misdirect all the time."
"The Illusion of magic is a idealistic fantasy; it exists only in the imagination of the spectator."
"Magicians are the most honest people in the world; they tell you they’re gonna fool you and then they do it."
"You don’t get into magic....magic get into you."
"As wonderful as it is, not everyone likes magic. Try to only share your magic with people who enjoy it."
"The real secret of magic lies in the performance."
"I have not drawn a very rosey picture of the magician. I did not intend to do so. To the novice entering the life and promising himself ease, indolence and wealth, I should say, Don’t!"
"The more they pay you the more they will respect you and enjoy your show."
Thomas Nelson Downs
"The easiest way to attract a crowd is to let it be known that at a given time and a given place someone is going to attempt something that in the event of failure will mean sudden death."
"The personality must be bigger than the prop."
Harry Blackstone, Sr.
"The hard must become habit. The habit must become easy. The easy must become beautiful."
"What the eyes see and the ears hear... the mind believes."