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.
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, 1944 Dariel began the monthly column of book and magazine reviews entitled Paper and Ink which ran for over 12 years.
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.
- Cut and Restored Rope Manipulation (1929)
- Jumbo Card Manipulation (1929)
- Linking Ring Manipulation (1930)
- Misdirection for Magicians (1935)
- Contact Mind Reading Expanded (1935)
- The Strange Invention of Dr Ervin (1937)
- Showmanship for Magicians (1943), Lee Jacobs, publisher
- The Only 6 Ways To Restore a Rope (1944)
- The Trick Brain (1944), Lee Jacobs, publisher
- Magic by Misdirection (1945), Lee Jacobs, publisher
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