Herrmann The Magician
Burlingame, H.J.
WM. H. LEE (1897)
In Collection
Biography, Magic tricks
USA  eng
Burlingame, Hardin J: Herrmann The Magician
©1897 Laird & Lee, Chicago
Hardcover, 298 pages

Abebooks list price range 180.00 - 500.00

HERRMANN - His Life; His Secrets by H.J. Burlingame. Original, Yellow Binding. Copyright 1897 by WM. H. LEE. Inside of book is in very good condition for its age and tissue is present and intact on photo pages. Illustrated. 298 pages.
Book contains biographies of Alexander Herrmann and his older brother Compars (Carl) Herrmann; 50 effects and stage illusions by Herrmann, Verbeck, Cazeneuve, and others; an essay on magic psychology; second sight coding, etc. All the tricks and secrets of the famous Herrmann fully explained and demonstrated.


5 Preface
7 Introduction: Psychology of the Art of Conjuring
42 The Conjuring Husband: a poem
46 The Magician's Art: a poem

47 Chapter I: Herrmann the Magician: His Birthplace; His Family; His Early Years; The Career of his famous brother, Carl Herrmann

7 Chapter II: The Life and career of Alexander Herrmann: San Francisco Newspaper Article, Chicago Newspaper Article, Herrmann's Broadway House (with some description of acts)

118 Chapter III Herrmann's Secrets: all briefly described
119 Herrmann's Best Handkerchief Trick: destroyed and repaired magically
123 Handkerchief Produced From Bare Hands and then Caused to Vanish
126 The Vanishing Handkerchief: vanisher described
129 The Color-Changing Handkerchief: apparatus described
131 Another Method of Making Silk Handkerchiefs Change Color: dye tube description
133 Changing a Handkerchief Into a Billiard Ball: special ball
135 Making a Solid Billiard Ball Vanish Through a Glass of Water: with clever gimmick
138 The Multiplying Billiard Ball: very briefly described
139 The Chameleon Billiard Ball: color changing
141 Samuels' Improved Chameleon Billiard Ball
142 Rising Cards: multiple cards rise from deck in glass
146 The Bouquet and the Rising Cards: card rises from bouquet
149 The Magic Card Bottle: selection appears at top of wine bottle
150 Card Printed on a Handkerchief by a Pistol Shot
151 Any Card Thought of Disappears to Reappear Elsewhere: uses palm
152 The Bottle and the Flag: multiple flags produced from a bottle full of liquid
154 Herrmann's Ring and Bottle Trick: borrowed rings end up in broken bottle
157 The Famous Rabbit Trick: the rabbit out of the hat! With some interesting anecdotes
161 The Multiplying Coins: coin tray
163 Herrmann's Flower Production
166 Flower Production on an Empty Plate
167 The Great Shooting Trick: bullets fired are caught on a plate
176 Herrmann's Rice, Cone and Orange Trick: famous apparatus
181 Herrmann's Kling Klang Trick: egg in glass transposes with handkerchief in hand
184 Herrmann's Fish Bowl Production
189 Cazeneuve's Card in an Orange
189 The Flying Cage: vanishes when thrown
194 Chronological Catastrophe and Candle of Mephisto: in which a borrowed watch is accidentally destroyed and restored
197 Mind Reading by Impression
200 Mind Reading—Cards and Questions
202 Spirit Calculator: mathematical
204 Heavy Weight from a Hat: several weights pulled from a hat
207 How to Lift a Bowl Full of Water with a Hand in the Bowl
208 The Magi's Wand: floats
210 The Floating Hat, Wand and Table: all picked up by the palm of the hand
215 The Artist's Dream: stage illusion briefly described
218 The Vanishing Lady: stage illusion, lady vanishes from seat
221 The Spiritualistic Sack: sack escape
224 Decapitation, by Vaneck: illusion
227 Decapitation, by Herrmann: another version
230 The Indian Mail: trunk vanish
234 Modern Black Art: a black art act detailed
243 The Escape from Sing Sing: prisoners transpose between cages
245 The Enchanted Organ; or the Unexpected Supper: pipe organ turns into supper
249 The Mystery of "She": a mysterious appearing and vanishing woman stage illusion
250 Modern Metempsychosis: figures seem to slowly materialize like ghosts
256 The Great Flight of Objects: borrowed object vanishes to be found in place predicted by spectators
261 The Cocoon: silkworm changes to a lady dressed as a butterfly
264 Silent Thought Transmission: blindfolded mind reading experiment; lengthy description of mnemonics used
292 A Comedy of Errors: a full stage act with umbrellas, handkerchiefs, and more

Product Details
Edition [1st ed.]
Extras Rare
No. of Pages 298
Height x Width 0.3 x 0.2  inch
First Edition Yes
Rare Yes
Original Title Herrmann The Magician
Original Publisher WM. H. LEE
Original Country USA
Original Language English
Original Publication Year 1897
Personal Details
Read It No
Location Magic Library (Home) Shelf D
Purchase Date October 2013
Condition Fine
Owner Bryan-Keith Taylor
H. J. Burlingame

Hardin Jasper Burlingame (June 14, 1852 - August 27, 1915), born in Manitowec, Wisconsin, was a professional magician for a brief time but more noted as a magic dealer and author.


His father and mother were among the earliest settlers of Chicago. After living in Wisconsin for some time, they moved back to Chicago. When he was about twenty, Burlingame went to Holland, subsequently traveling throughout Europe on foot as correspondent for an American paper.

Burlingame took lessons from David Tobias Bamberg (Okito's father) in Europe and eventually used the stage name "Jasper Bamberg" while performing in Chicago.

After having returned to live in Chicago for some years he returned to Europe and made a professional tour as a conjurer. He then came back to America, residing in Baltimore and Cincinnati, finally back to his old home of Chicago to settle down.

At one point, operated 3 businesses at the same time. Chas. L. Burlingame & Co. (manufacturing apparatus and illusions), Ralph E. Sylvestre & Co. (specializing in stage mindreading and fake mediums) and George L. Williams & Co. (for the general public)

His gradual bad health culminated in a general nervous breakdown forcing him to leave Chicago and take a long rest. In 1907, he moved to Syracuse, Indiana where he resided until his death.


Leaves from Conjurers' Scrap Books (1891)
Around the World with a Magician and Juggler (1893)
Tricks in Magic, Illusions and Mental Phenomena, Vol. I (1895)
Tricks in Magic, Illusions and Mental Phenomena, Vol. II (1896)
Herrmann The Magician, His Life, His Secrets (1897)
Tricks in Magic, Illusions and Mental Phenomena, Vol. III (1898) which contians "Bibliotheca Magica", one of the first comprehensive bibliographies on magic.
How To Read People's Minds (1905)
Magician's Handbook: Tricks and Secrets of the World's Greatest Magician Herrmann The Great (1942)


The Mahatma, Dec 1898
Stanyon's Magic, July 1901
The Sphinx, Oct 15, 1915

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