|Born||Henning Cunningham Nelms|
November 30, 1900
|Died||May 23, 1986 (age 85) |
Henning Nelms (1900-1986), a lawyer, theatrical director, amateur magician and novelist, was the author of the conjuring books Applause and How to Get It and Magic and Showmanship: a Handbook for Conjurers (1969).
Nelms also wrote two mystery novels under the pen name Hake Talbot: The Hangman's Handyman (1942) and Rim of the Pit (1944). The latter is considered a classic of the "locked room" mystery genre.
He wrote the play Only an Orphan Girl (1944), and the nonfiction books Lighting the Amateur Stage (1931), Building an Amateur Audience (1936), A Primer of Stagecraft (1941), Play Production (1950), and Thinking with a Pencil (1964).
The magic of drama is infinitely more powerful than the magic of trickery. It is as available to the conjurer as it is to the actor. The only difference is that actors take it for granted, whereas few conjurers are even aware that it exists. - Magic and Showmanship
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