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Steve Knight
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Houdini's Vanishing Elephant was probably the brainchild of Charles Morritt, a name that should definitely be on this list.
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I used as my criteria only those born after 1900, and who excelled in both the quality of their inventions as well as the quantity. Also, I only used those who I could look up on Spellbinder's Biographies. I did not include prolific inventors who merely leapfrogged off others who came before, but those who brought original magical principles into play that others immediately leaped upon and adopted. You may not agree with the names on my list, but I'm sticking to it because there is a good reason for every one of them.

Annemann, Ted (1907-1942)
Braue, Frederick (1906-1962)
Chanin, Jack (1908-1997)
Curry, Paul (1917-1986)
Dusheck, Steve (dates unknown - but 1900's for sure)
Fetsch, "Hen" (1912-1961)
Grant, U. F. (1901-1978)
Harbin, Robert (1909 - 1978)
Harris, Paul (dates unknown - but 1900's for sure)
Hughes, Jack (dates unknown - but 1900's for sure)
James, Stewart (1908-1996)
Karson, Joe (1912-1980)
Kato, Hideo (1943- )
Larsen, William W. (Sr.)(1905-1953)
Marlo, Ed (1913 - 1991)
Maven, Max (born Phil Goldstein , 1950 - )
Rice, Harold R.(1912 - 1981 )
Tom Bartlett
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Would Harry Lorayne be included?

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Andy the cardician
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What about Paul Harris?
Cards never lie
Spellbinder
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I see my partner in crime (Jim Gerrish) has gotten up the nerve to post his entire list. It looks good to me. I see magicians representing many different fields (cards, ropes, mentalism, illusions and so on). Now, I will spend some time starting from his list and thinking whom I would remove in order to add someone else. I don't know if I can do it and still provide a good reason or justification for taking someone's name down to put another person in place.
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Del Ray?


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Derek Rutt Creations
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Robert Harbin was a prolific creator and a wonderful man. He once told me he made little out of his creation, the Zig Zag, as it had been ripped off by so many.
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Pete Biro
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For illusions these days... Jim Steinmeyer.
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Spellbinder
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I should add Jim Steinmeyer to my Brief Biographies page. Do you have a good source for info about him and what he has invented?

And I haven't forgotten to pester you about getting me a photo for your own biography.
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Tom Bartlett
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Jack Miller if for no other reason than the gravity "Hold-Out".
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Magiguy
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On 2006-12-04 15:40, Tom Bartlett wrote:
Would Harry Lorayne be included?

Joe Karson

He absolutely would, in my book (along with Martin Gardner, Dai Vernon, and ... Come to think of it, my personal list would likely be too long for inclusion here. Smile
DStachowiak
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I don't see P. T. Selbitt here, so I better add him.
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Socalesq
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I'd add Gaetan Bloom and Robert Neale.
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andre combrinck
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Pavel
Stewart James
Hull
Marlo
Vernon
Annemann
Tommy Wonder
Paul Harris
Max Maven
UF Grant

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JL608
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Some great names on the list. I'd like to add one you don't hear of much, British inventor J.F. Orrin.

Orrin devised some very clever club/parlor type apparatus sold by Davenports, Hughes, etc. His Matchbox Transposition, and a penetration with a tennis ball called Tenapin would fool a lot of magicians today!

And as a longtime collector of "clever apparatus", I'd also have to list Ed Massey.

Joe
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Someone who is often overlooked is Ian Adair from England. Harold Rice credits him for his creations in his Encyclopedia of Silk Magic.
Father Photius
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Uncle Pete wasn't bad in his day, though sometimes there is arguments as to whether the idea was Uncle Pete's or Uncle Harry's, both were known to lift an idea or two and make a mod or two for something in the show, though neither would have ever admitted that. Uncle Pete was a good craftsman, both he and Uncle Harry used to work in machine shop before going into show business.
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What about Tamariz?
Bill Palmer
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Louis Histed -- inventor of the Square Circle, as well as a lot of interesting magic with liquids.

Bob Gurtler (Andre Kole) invented a trick every day for several years. Many of them were never published or marketed, but his best were.
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DLF
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Okito created some truly wonderful tricks. I second Tamariz.
Ok, I'll meet you at the place near the thing where we went that time.
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