|Born||Angelo John Lewis|
July 23, 1839
|Died||December 23, 1919 (age 80) |
Professor Louis Hoffmann (July 23, 1839 - December 23, 1919), born Angelo John Lewis in England, was a lawyer, professor and the leading writer on magic, games, amusements and puzzles of his time.
He wrote a series of articles on magic for a boy's magazine (Every Boy's Annual) that was later expanded into his book Modern Magic. The pen name, Professor Hoffman, was used because he feared that his professional prospects as a lawyer would be injured if it became known that he possessed such an intimate knowledge of the arts of deception.
He was also the author of a novel for kids entitled, Conjurer Dick (1886).
Another one is named The Haunted Hat. If someone knows when it was published...
- 48 articles first serialized in Routledge's Every Boy's Paper became Modern Magic in (1876)
- The Secrets of Conjuring and Magic by Robert-Houdin (1878) (Translator)
- Drawing Room Conjuring by L.P. (1887) (Translator)
- Herrman's Tricks With Cards(unauthorized, 1889)
- Tricks With Cards(1889)
- More Magic (1890)
- Later Magic (1903)
- King Koko (1904)
- Magical Tidbits (1911)
- Latest Magic (1918)
- ↑ Hoffmann's Five Foot Shelf of Magic by H. Adrian Smith in Tops, Vol. 1, no. 12, december 1936, page 47.
- Photo Genii 1951 May
- The Sphinx, Vol. XXXVIII, No. Six, August 1939, Professor Louis Hoffmann's Centennial, Biograhy, page 155