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Message: Posted by: Javi (Oct 20, 2018 07:23PM)
Where can I found a book or a web page where I can get some good information about the history of the art of magic, his greatest performers, etc...
Message: Posted by: Merc Man (Oct 22, 2018 04:58AM)
[quote]On Oct 20, 2018, Javi wrote:
Where can I found a book or a web page where I can get some good information about the history of the art of magic, his greatest performers, etc... [/quote]

This website may be useful for you:

Here's the history section:

Hope that helps.
Message: Posted by: Javi (Oct 27, 2018 03:39PM)
Thank you very much
Message: Posted by: Anatole (Oct 30, 2018 09:09PM)
Milbourne Christopher's _Panorama of Magic_ is a very good history with many pictures, photos, and a few color plates:

Christopher's _Illustrated History of Magic_ is also good but more text than pictures.

My favorite book on magic history is _Magic: A Pictorial History of Conjurors in the Theater_--but it is out of print and a lot more expensive than Christopher's book:

There is also a kind of "graphic novel" history of magic from the folks who published the Classics Illustrated company: _The Illustrated Story of Magic_.
and that title is also available as a pdf download from lybrary.com

----- Amado "Sonny" Narvaez
Message: Posted by: Anatole (Oct 30, 2018 09:15PM)
There is also a section of lybrary.com devoted to history and biographies:

----- Sonny
Message: Posted by: lynnef (Nov 8, 2018 03:59PM)
Jim Steinmeyer and Peter Lamont have a brand new book out called "the Secret History of Magic". It's a real eye opener, even for magicians who think they know magic's origins. I'm totally "astonished" while reading this book. Lynn
Message: Posted by: Tudormagic (May 17, 2019 12:39PM)
I agree about Steinmeyer and Lamonts book, I think it is a really important work that many will overlook.
Message: Posted by: Pierre Cardinlemon (Jun 7, 2019 07:00AM)
I've just finished reading The Illustrated History of Magic and I'm totally disappointed! It promised the history from the ancient Egypt to David Blaine, but it is very biased.

I'm interested in magicians like Slydini, Daley, Jordan, Vernon, Marlo and similar names that come up frequently in the magic books I read. These names are not even mentioned in the Illustrated History! The book has complete chapters on water-spitters and the chess automaton, but Hofzinser is summarized in only two short paragraphs!
Message: Posted by: Jonathan Townsend (Jun 7, 2019 10:11PM)
Greater Magic has some of the history in overview. More detail can occasionally be found in research articles. For example there was a Genii Magazine article on the Hooker Card Rise act including a description of how it was brought back into performance recently! :) That reading path will take you to John Gaughan and Jim Steinmeyer. There are archivists, historians and collectors in this community.

If it's specifically close-up magic you want to explore - there are people who knew Ed Marlo, Dai Vernon and Tony Slydini around here - ask what you will. You might want to look at the trade journals of the time to read what was of interest and who was active in NY when Daly and Jordan were getting published see "The Jinx" and "Pentagram" and "Ibidem". There's a lot of history to read about Dai Vernon in NY and Ed Marlo in Chicago. Nate Leipzig and Max Malini were studied by Vernon who passed the material along to Lewis Ganson. Some of Hofzinser's work was recovered though his correspondence and items he sold to students. That's in two books by Fischer and recently updated and expanded by new research by Magic Christian.