August Roterberg

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August Roterberg (1867 - September 23, 1928) was born in Germany and emigrated to the United States around 1883 as a teenager. He started out selling magic by mail order and then opened a magic store in Chicago, in the lobby of the "old" Palmer House Hotel.

Roterberg really started the modern age of magic publishing. His books were the first in English written expressly for magicians.

He eventually retired around 1917 and eventually moved to California, where lived until he died.

Books

  • The Modern Wizard (1895)
  • Latter Day Tricks (1896)
  • New Era Card Tricks (1897)
  • Card Tricks and How To Do Them (1902)
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