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There is an interesting biography of Jean Hugard available as a $6 remainder from Hamilton Books, click HERE for more information. Hey, at this price, you can't go wrong!

Mr. Hugard was an experienced vaudeville magician who turned to teaching and writing when the Depression killed vaudeville. He wrote the "Modern Magic Manual" (1939), which went through several editions and has now been reprinted in paperback by Dover Books as "Hugard's Magic Manual." I have a soft spot for that book, which was given to me by Al Flosso and started me on my magical journey many years ago. Hugard also apparently co-wrote, edited or ghost-wrote a fair portion of Hilliard's "Greater Magic" after Hilliard died, which I did not know.

While you're at it, you may also want to pick up a $6 copy of "The Magician and the Cardsharp," a biography of Dai Vernon, click HERE to view, or "Hiding the Elephant" by Jim Steinmeyer for $6, click HERE to view.

All these books are brand new hardcovers, they are just remainders (publisher's overstocks). BTW, I have no financial interest in Hamilton Books, I've just been a satisfied customer for about 20 years. SETH
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Thanks for the heads up! Just sent my order.
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Unfortunately, they only ship within the USA
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Thanks,
Been a Jean Hugard fan for a long time
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You know, it's very interesting, you could argue that without Mr. Hugard, the explosion in magic books during the 1930's-50's might never have happened.

His original pamphlets like "Coin Magic," "Silken Sorcery," and so on may seem elemental today, but they were "state of the art" at the time because no one else had done anything like it since Hoffman's "Modern Magic" and Downs' "The Art of Magic" (which was ghostwritten by John Hilliard).

Hugard went on to write the "Modern Magic Manual" in 1939 and apparently wrote at least half or more of "Greater Magic" from Hilliard's notes. Both of these texts are still relevant and useful today. Anyone who has tried to learn the Cups & Balls or the Miser's Dream from Hoffman's "Modern Magic" would surely appreciate Hugard's treatment of it in his "Modern Magic Manual."

Incidentally, the "Modern Magic Manual" has now been reprinted in paperback for $12.95 by Dover Books as "Hugard's Magic Manual." You can pick it up from your favorite bookstore or from Amazon by clicking HERE. SETH
"Watch the Professor!!" -- Al Flosso (1895-1976)
"The better you are, the closer they watch" -- Darwin Ortiz, STRONG MAGIC
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