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Doctor Xombie
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I am new to magic and wanted to get an overview of the basic history of magic and magicians. Mainly something about early magicians like Robert-Houdin through today's greats.
Can anyone point me to an on-line source for this information?
-Roger "The Doctor"
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Aaron Little
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Wikipeda typically has a decent concise overview of things. That might ve a good start,
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If on-line tools are your only option I think you'd be better off with Magicpedia, or The Conjuring Arts Research Center.

Best of luck!
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Remember, you can't search the Conjuring Arts Research Center without a membership.

The Annals of Conjuring is a great source, if you can find a copy. Milbourne Christopher's Illustrated History of Magic has some information, but there are a lot of errors.

Stanyon's Magic is available on DVD.
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Here is an interesting site I found...

http://www.magicnook.com/forum/projectTOC.htm

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Doctor Xombie
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions.
There doesn't seem to be a good online source for information.
I guess they kept all the good stuff for the books.
-Roger "The Doctor"
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Magiguy
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On 2008-07-19 01:16, Doctor Xombie wrote:
There doesn't seem to be a good online source for information.


I would, respectfully, disagree. Don't expect the best for free, but it's out there.
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This might get you started:

http://geniimagazine.com/wiki/index.php/Main_Page (check out History section)
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Yes, that would be the Magicpedia link from my earlier post.
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