The Difference between Kids and Adult magic

Having performed adult magic for many years, many years ago, I decided to focus my attentions on performing kid’s magic thinking it would be similar but with just colourful props to substitute the cards. I was wrong.   More often than not, adult magicians look...

Steve Spill, When Magic Tricks Just Don’t Work

These are some cherry picked stories from my professional life in where I had an idea, worked up a method to do the trick, got the props together, scripted the routine, and rehearsed it.  But on stage, in front of real breathing strangers, for one reason or another,...

My Secret Power – By Houdini

My Secret Power – By Houdini I have read Mr. Gow’s article about myself, and am naturally interested in his point of view, having made a study both of conjuring and what is known as spiritualism. He tells me he knows very little about conjuring in itself, and he...

MODERN MAGICIANS – SELBIT October 1900

It is with great pleasure that we avail ourselves of this opportunity of introducing to members of the magical fraternity and public generally, Selbit. The gentleman whose portrait appears below. Although but 21 years of age, he has made a study of magic in all its...

Jasper Maskelyne, I Want To Be Converted To Spiritualism

I want to be converted to spiritualism. The big “But” that stops me. By Jasper Maskelyne, the world-famous magician. I believe in God, but my faith does not enter into spiritualism – as yet. The fact is that spiritualism has not come my way. But I am not out to fight...

Me by Houdini

Do I know FRAGMENTS? Course I do.  Sure I’m a reg’lar fellah. But I’m not “English” No, nor Scandinavian either. I’m just an honest-to-goodness American, born way up in Appleton, Wisconsin of rich but honest parents. “Perhaps it is because I’ve worked here for such a...