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[[Dariel Fitzkee]] (May 14, 1898- April 6, 1977) was the pen name of Dariel Fitzroy. An acoustical engineer by profession, he was a semi-professional magician/author, born in Annawan, Illinois. His trilogy, known as The Fitzkee Trilogy is considered by many to be an important contribution to the theory of magic.
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'''Dariel Fitzkee''' (1898-1977) was the pen name of Dariel Fitzroy. An acoustical engineer by profession, he was a semi-professional magician/author, born in Annawan, Illinois. His trilogy ([[Showmanship for Magicians]], [[The Trick Brain]] and [[Magic by Misdirection]]), also known as The Fitzkee Trilogy, is considered by many to be an important contribution to the theory of magic.
  
Starting in the October, 1938 he began a column in [[Genii]] called "Glimpses of Strange Shadows" which was to run almost two years. Then starting in March,
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Starting in 1937, Fitzkee  began a column in [[Genii]] called "Thoughts are Things"  and then in October, 1938 once called "Glimpses of Strange Shadows" which was to run almost two years. Then starting in March, 1944 Dariel began the monthly column of book and magazine reviews for Genii entitled ''Paper and Ink'' which ran for over 12 years.
1944 Dariel began the monthly column of book and magazine reviews which ran for
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over 12 years.
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Fitzkee eventually withdrew from magic and started a career in acoustics and sound engineering. He would even be made a "Fellow" of the Acoustical Society of America (it's highest honor) even though entirely self taught.
  
 
In [[Steve Martin]]'s memoir, Born Standing Up, comedian and one-time magician describes Fitzkee's Showmanship for Magicians as "more important to me than The Catcher In The Rye," adding that they were, coincidentally, distant relatives by marriage.
 
In [[Steve Martin]]'s memoir, Born Standing Up, comedian and one-time magician describes Fitzkee's Showmanship for Magicians as "more important to me than The Catcher In The Rye," adding that they were, coincidentally, distant relatives by marriage.
  
It's also been told that [[Tommy Wonder]] learned English just so he could read Fitzkee's trilogy.
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It's also been told that [[Tommy Wonder]] learned English just so he could read Fitzkee's trilogy.<ref>[[Finding Dariel Fitzkee: The Man with the Trick Brain]] by David Goodsell (2009)</ref>
  
 
==Publications==
 
==Publications==
 
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* [[Cut and Restored Rope Manipulation]] (1929)
* Cut and Restored Rope Manipulation (1929)
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* [[Jumbo Card Manipulation]] (1929)
 
* [[Jumbo Card Manipulation]] (1929)
* Linking Ring Manipulation (1930)
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* [[Linking Ring Manipulation]] (1930)
* Misdirection for Magicians (1935)
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* [[Misdirection for Magicians]] (1935)
* Contact Mind Reading Expanded (1935)
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* [[Contact Mind Reading Expanded]] (1935)
 
* [[The Strange Invention of Dr Ervin]] (1937)
 
* [[The Strange Invention of Dr Ervin]] (1937)
* Showmanship for Magicians (1943), Lee Jacobs, publisher
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* [[Showmanship for Magicians]] (1943)
* The Only 6 Ways To Restore a Rope (1944)  
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* [[The Only Six Ways To Restore a Rope]] (1944) Reprint as [[Rope Eternal]] in 1957.
* [[The Trick Brain]] (1944), Lee Jacobs, publisher
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* [[The Trick Brain]] (1944)
* Magic by Misdirection (1945), Lee Jacobs, publisher
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* [[Magic by Misdirection]] (1945)
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* [[Rings in your Fingers]] (1946)
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* [[The Card Expert Entertains]] (1948)
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== References ==
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* Cover [[Genii 1950 January]]
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* Obit  [[Genii 1977 April]]
  
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{{Wikipedia}}
 
{{Wikipedia}}
  
[[Category:Biographies|Fitzkee]]
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Revision as of 14:22, 11 April 2013

Dariel Fitzkee

Cover of Genii (1950)
BornDariel Fitzroy
May 14, 1898
Annawan, Illinois
DiedApril 06, 1977 (age 78)

Dariel Fitzkee (1898-1977) was the pen name of Dariel Fitzroy. An acoustical engineer by profession, he was a semi-professional magician/author, born in Annawan, Illinois. His trilogy (Showmanship for Magicians, The Trick Brain and Magic by Misdirection), also known as The Fitzkee Trilogy, is considered by many to be an important contribution to the theory of magic.

Starting in 1937, Fitzkee began a column in Genii called "Thoughts are Things" and then in October, 1938 once called "Glimpses of Strange Shadows" which was to run almost two years. Then starting in March, 1944 Dariel began the monthly column of book and magazine reviews for Genii entitled Paper and Ink which ran for over 12 years.

Fitzkee eventually withdrew from magic and started a career in acoustics and sound engineering. He would even be made a "Fellow" of the Acoustical Society of America (it's highest honor) even though entirely self taught.

In Steve Martin's memoir, Born Standing Up, comedian and one-time magician describes Fitzkee's Showmanship for Magicians as "more important to me than The Catcher In The Rye," adding that they were, coincidentally, distant relatives by marriage.

It's also been told that Tommy Wonder learned English just so he could read Fitzkee's trilogy.[1]

Publications

References

  1. Finding Dariel Fitzkee: The Man with the Trick Brain by David Goodsell (2009)
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