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[[Richard Kaufman]] (b. May 16, 1958) has written and illustrated dozens of books and is currently the publisher and editor of [[Genii]], The Conjurors' Magazine.  
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'''Richard Kaufman''' (b. 1958) is a prolific author, publisher, illustrator, and editor of books and magazines in the field of magic and is currently the publisher and editor of [[Genii]], The Conjurors' Magazine.
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Born in 1958 in New York City, he became interested in magic at age 5 after receiving some novelties from the [[S.S. Adams]] company sent by his uncle Alan Soffin. This was followed up by a gift of several magic books. Richard's father, Lewis C. Kaufman (president of B. Altman and Co.), also encouraged his interest by purchasing tricks at a magic shop, learning them, and demonstrating them to his son.  
  
Kaufman is also an avid Disney fan. He has visited all the Disney theme parks around the world and collects all sorts of Disney paraphernalia.  
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Richard slowly began spending time at several magic shops in New York City, among them Circle Magic run by Mike Tannen, Magic Center run by Russ Delmar, and [[Lou Tannen's Magic Shop]] run by the Tannen brothers Lou and Irv, and Tony Spina. By the age of 14 he was already inventing magic effects and he illustrated his first book at age 16 ([[Afterthoughts]] by [[Harry Lorayne]]).
  
He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and daughter.  
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He attended Queens College, and then New York University, graduating in 1981 with a double-major in both English and Acting (the latter after having studied at the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting).
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Kaufman illustrated many other books in the field through 1991, introducing a new style of cartoon-movement into technical magic illustration. He also began writing magic books, starting with the [[Interlocked Production of Coins]] in 1977. He self-published his first two modest books, then sought a partner for the financing required to publish larger books. [[Alan C. Greenberg]], CEO of Bear Stearns, also a highly-respected amateur magician, brought the financing that Kaufman required and the company [[Kaufman and Greenberg]] was born. For the next 20 years it published many of the most highly-respected books in the field, capturing the sleight-of-hand methods and magic from many of the world's top magicians in printed form. In the mid-1990s, the business became Kaufman and Company and continued its successful publishing ventures.<ref>Cover [[Genii 1987 October]]</ref>
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In 1998, Genii, The Conjurors' Magazine—which had been run by the Larsen family of California since 1936, and which is the oldest continuously-published magazine in the field of magic—was purchased by Kaufman, his wife Elizabeth, and partners Jane and Daniel Solomon. Kaufman became editor in chief and president of The Genii Corporation and the magazine continues its publication, now in both printed and digital formats. Genii also operates The Genii Forum<ref>http://www.geniimagazine.com/forum</ref> an internet discussion group open to all and MagicPedia<ref>http://www.magicpedia.net</ref>, the largest online encyclopedia of magic.
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As a highly-sought after author, Kaufman also wrote "[[The Project Magic Handbook]]" for [[David Copperfield]]; The tricks section in "Mindfreaks" for [[Criss Angel]]; "Knack Magic Tricks" for Globe Pequot Press; and numerous magic instructions for premium products offered by Royal Jello, Whisk, Burger King, and Coronet Paper Products.
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Kaufman has appeared on the covers of Genii, The Conjurors' Magazine (1987); [[MAGIC]] (October 1993); [[M-U-M]] (2011) and has given presentations at numerous magic conferences including Magic-Con 2011.
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Recognition of Kaufman's influence as a magic illustrator is described in [[The Art of Deception]] by [[Chuck Romano]] (1997) ISBN 0578007525.
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Kaufman is also an avid Disney fan. He has visited all the Disney theme parks around the world and collects all sorts of Disney paraphernalia.
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He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and daughter.<ref>Cover, MUM, December 2010</ref>
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== Awards and honors ==
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* Milbourne Christopher Award (1995).
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* Literary Fellowship from the [[Academy of Magical Arts]] (1998)
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* J.N. Maskelyne Award from the [[Magic Circle]] (2001)
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* Honorary life member of the Society of American Magicians
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* President's citation from the International Brotherhood of Magicians
  
 
== Bibliography ==
 
== Bibliography ==
Books Written, Illustrated and/or Published by Richard Kaufman
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===Periodicals===
* 1973 Genesis Kings written by Fr. Brennan (trick)  
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* 1978 [[Apocalypse]] (with Harry Lorayne, 1978)
* 1973 Rollover Aces written by Fr. Brennan(trick)
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* 1982 [[Richard's Almanac]]
* 1975 Afterthoughts by Harry Lorayne (Illustrated by Kaufman)
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* 1995 [[The Looking Glass]]
* [[1977]] The Interlocked Production of Coins
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* 1999 [[Genii]]
* 1977 Balls! Lessons in Side Arm Snookery  
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===Books Written, Illustrated and/or Published by Richard Kaufman===
* 1977 Magic Book by Harry Lorayne (Illustrated by Kaufman)
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* 1973 [[Genesis Kings]] written by Fr. Brennan (trick)  
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* 1973 [[Rollover Aces]] written by Fr. Brennan (trick)
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* 1975 [[Afterthoughts]] by [[Harry Lorayne]] (Illustrated by Kaufman)
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* 1977 [[The Interlocked Production of Coins]]
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* 1977 [[Balls! Lessons in Side Arm Snookery]]
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* 1977 [[The Magic Book]] by Harry Lorayne (Illustrated by Kaufman)
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* 1977 [[Return of the Bizarre Shrink]] manuscript by Paul Harris 
 
* 1978 [[On the Up and Up]]
 
* 1978 [[On the Up and Up]]
* 1978 The Real Secrets of The Three Ball Routines by Frank Garcia (Illustrated by Kaufman)
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* 1978 [[The Real Secrets of The Three Ball Routines]] by [[Frank Garcia]] (Illustrated by Kaufman)
* 1978 Card Classics of Ken Krenzel By Harry Lorayne (Illustrated by Kaufman)
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* 1978 [[The Card Classics of Ken Krenzel]] By Harry Lorayne (Illustrated by Kaufman)
 
* 1979 [[CoinMagic]] by Richard Kaufman [[Books published by Kaufman and Greenberg | Kaufman and Greenberg]]  
 
* 1979 [[CoinMagic]] by Richard Kaufman [[Books published by Kaufman and Greenberg | Kaufman and Greenberg]]  
* 1979 STARS OF MAGIC presents THE ULTIMATE INVISIBLE ASSEMBLY
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* 1979 [[New Stars of Magic]] presents THE ULTIMATE INVISIBLE ASSEMBLY
* [[1980]] The Gene Maze Card Book
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* 1980 [[The Gene Maze Card Book]]
* 1980 The Very Best of Cups and Balls by Frank Garcia (Illustrated by Kaufman)
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* 1980 [[The Very Best of Cups and Balls]] by Frank Garcia (Illustrated by Kaufman)
* 1980 Exclusive Card Miracles By Frank Garcia (Illustrated by Kaufman)
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* 1980 [[Exclusive Card Miracles]] By Frank Garcia (Illustrated by Kaufman)
* 1981 [[CardMagic]] by Richard Kaufman [[Books published by Kaufman and Greenberg | Kaufman and Greenberg]]
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* 1981 [[CardMagic]] by Richard Kaufman  
 
* 1981 [[CardWorks]] by Richard Kaufman
 
* 1981 [[CardWorks]] by Richard Kaufman
 
* 1982 Tom Mullica's AEROBIC (AUTOMATIC-ENTRY ROLL-OVER BILL-IN-CIGARETTE)  by Richard Kaufman
 
* 1982 Tom Mullica's AEROBIC (AUTOMATIC-ENTRY ROLL-OVER BILL-IN-CIGARETTE)  by Richard Kaufman
* 1982 [[The Complete Works of Derek Dingle]] by Richard Kaufman [[Books published by Kaufman and Greenberg | Kaufman and Greenberg]]
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* 1982 [[The Complete Works of Derek Dingle]] by Richard Kaufman  
* 1982 New York Magic Symposium Collection One
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* 1982 [[The New York Magic Symposium - Collection 1]]
* 1982 The Elegant Card Magic of Fr. Cyprian by Frank Garcia (Illustrated by Kaufman)
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* 1982 [[The Elegant Card Magic of Fr. Cyprian]] by Frank Garcia (Illustrated by Kaufman)
* 1983 New York Magic Symposium Collection Two
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* 1982 [[Kane]] (Illustrated by Kaufman)
* 1983 Richard's Almanac Volume 1 (Hardcover Reprint of Volume One)
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* 1983 [[The New York Magic Symposium - Collection 2]]
* 1984 Abstract (Lecture Notes)
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* 1983 [[Richard's Almanac]] Volume 1 (Hardcover Reprint of Volume One)
* 1984 The Topit Book by Michael Ammar (Illustrated by Kaufman)
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* 1984 [[Abstract]] (Lecture Notes) By Richard Kaufman
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* 1984 [[The Topit Book]] by [[Michael Ammar]] (Illustrated by Kaufman)
 
* 1985 [[David Roth's Expert Coin Magic]] by Richard Kaufman  [[Books published by Kaufman and Greenberg | Kaufman and Greenberg]]  
 
* 1985 [[David Roth's Expert Coin Magic]] by Richard Kaufman  [[Books published by Kaufman and Greenberg | Kaufman and Greenberg]]  
* 1985 Don England's Gaffed To The Hilt! ([[Jon Racherbaumer]])
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* 1985 [[Don England's Gaffed To The Hilt!]] By [[Jon Racherbaumer]]
 
* 1986 [[Sankey Panky]] [[Jay Sankey ]] ([[Jay Sankey |bio]]) by Richard Kaufman [[Books published by Kaufman and Greenberg | Kaufman and Greenberg]]  
 
* 1986 [[Sankey Panky]] [[Jay Sankey ]] ([[Jay Sankey |bio]]) by Richard Kaufman [[Books published by Kaufman and Greenberg | Kaufman and Greenberg]]  
* 1986 Compleat Invocation, The, Vols.1 and 2 (Tony Raven and Tony Andruzzi)
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* 1986 [[The Compleat Invocation, Vols. 1 & 2]] (Tony Raven and Tony Andruzzi)
* 1986 [[Spirit Theater]] (Eugene Burger)
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* 1986 [[Spirit Theater]] By Eugene Burger
 
* 1987 [[The Uncanny Scot: Ron Wilson]] [[Books published by Kaufman and Greenberg | Kaufman and Greenberg]]  
 
* 1987 [[The Uncanny Scot: Ron Wilson]] [[Books published by Kaufman and Greenberg | Kaufman and Greenberg]]  
* 1987 [[The Performance of Close-Up Magic]] ([[Eugene Burger]])
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* 1987 [[The Performance of Close-Up Magic]] By [[Eugene Burger]]  
* 1987 Lim-Tricks (Jeff Sheridan)
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* 1987 Lim-Tricks By [[Jeff Sheridan]]
* 1987 Derek Dingle's Australian Poker (a giveaway when you bought a book)
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* 1987 [[Derek Dingle's Australian Poker]] (a giveaway when you bought a book)
* 1987 The New Jinx (Bill Madsen)
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* 1987 [[The New Jinx]] (Book) By [[Bill Madsen]]
* 1988 Apocalypse, Vol.1 (Kaufman and [[Harry Lorayne]])
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* 1988 [[Apocalypse]], Vol. 1 (Kaufman and [[Harry Lorayne]])
 
* 1988 [[Darwin Ortiz at the Card Table]] by [[Darwin Ortiz]]  [[Books published by Kaufman and Greenberg | Kaufman and Greenberg]]  
 
* 1988 [[Darwin Ortiz at the Card Table]] by [[Darwin Ortiz]]  [[Books published by Kaufman and Greenberg | Kaufman and Greenberg]]  
 
* 1988 [[New Magic of Japan]] by [[Phil Goldstein]] and Kaufman  [[Books published by Kaufman and Greenberg | Kaufman and Greenberg]]  
 
* 1988 [[New Magic of Japan]] by [[Phil Goldstein]] and Kaufman  [[Books published by Kaufman and Greenberg | Kaufman and Greenberg]]  
* 1988 Sawa's Library of Magic, Vol. 1  [[Books published by Kaufman and Greenberg | Kaufman and Greenberg]]  
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* 1988 [[Sawa's Library of Magic, Vol. 1]] [[Books published by Kaufman and Greenberg | Kaufman and Greenberg]]  
* 1989 [[Williamson's Wonders]]on the work of [[ David Williamson]] by Richard Kaufman
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* 1989 [[Williamson's Wonders]]on the work of [[David Williamson]] by Richard Kaufman
 
* 1989 The [[Secrets of Brother John Hamman]] by Richard Kaufman [[Books published by Kaufman and Greenberg | Kaufman and Greenberg]]  
 
* 1989 The [[Secrets of Brother John Hamman]] by Richard Kaufman [[Books published by Kaufman and Greenberg | Kaufman and Greenberg]]  
 
* 1989 [[The Experience of Magic]] (Eugene Burger)
 
* 1989 [[The Experience of Magic]] (Eugene Burger)
 
* 1989 On The Pass (Video)
 
* 1989 On The Pass (Video)
* [[Books published in the 90s | 1990]] [[100% Sankey]] by Richard Kaufman
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* 1990 [[100% Sankey]] by Richard Kaufman
 
* 1990 [[Gary Kurtz: Unexplainable Acts]] by Richard Kaufman
 
* 1990 [[Gary Kurtz: Unexplainable Acts]] by Richard Kaufman
* 1990 [[The Amazing Miracles Of Shigeo Takagi]]
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* 1990 [[The Amazing Miracles Of Shigeo Takagi]] By Richard Kaufman
* 1991 [[Life Savers]] ([[Michael Weber]])
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* 1991 [[Life Savers]] By [[Michael Weber]]
* 1991 [[Strange Ceremonies]] (Eugene Burger)
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* 1991 [[Strange Ceremonies]] By Eugene Burger
* 1991 [[Card Craft]] (J.K. Hartman)
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* 1991 [[Card Craft]] By J.K. Hartman
* 1991 Road Hustler (Robert Prus)
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* 1991 [[Road Hustler]] By Robert Prus
* 1991 Houdini's Conjurer’s Monthly Magazine (Reprint of Full File)
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* 1991 Houdini's [[Conjurers' Monthly Magazine]] (Reprint of Full File)
* 1991 [[Smoke and Mirrors]] (John Bannon)
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* 1991 [[Smoke and Mirrors]] By John Bannon
 
* 1992 [[Five Times Five: Japan]] by Richard Kaufman [[Books published by Kaufman and Greenberg | Kaufman and Greenberg]]  
 
* 1992 [[Five Times Five: Japan]] by Richard Kaufman [[Books published by Kaufman and Greenberg | Kaufman and Greenberg]]  
 
* 1992 [[The Collected Almanac]] (Reprint of All Three Volumes Plus Additional Material)
 
* 1992 [[The Collected Almanac]] (Reprint of All Three Volumes Plus Additional Material)
* 1992 Compleat Invocation, Vol. 3 (Tony Andruzzi)
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* 1992 [[The Compleat Invocation, Vol. 3]] (Tony Andruzzi)
* 1992 [[Totally Out of Control]] (Chris Kenner)
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* 1992 [[Totally Out of Control]] By [[Chris Kenner]]
* 1992 Show Time at the Tom Foolery
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* 1992 Tom Mullica Starring in [[Show-Time at the Tom-Foolery]] By Richard Kaufman
* 1993 [[Beyond Compere]] (Terry Seabrooke)
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* 1993 [[Beyond Compere]] By Terry Seabrooke
* 1993 [[Martin Gardner Presents]] (Martin Gardner)
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* 1993 [[Martin Gardner Presents]] By [[Martin Gardner]]
* 1993 [[Secrets Draun From Underground]] on the works of [[Steve Draun]]   by Richard Kaufman
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* 1993 [[Secrets Draun From Underground]] on the works of [[Steve Draun]] By Richard Kaufman
* 1993 Tarbell 8 (Harlan Tarbell, Steve Burton, Richard Kaufman)
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* 1993 [[Tarbell]] 8 (Harlan Tarbell, Steve Burton, Richard Kaufman)
* 1993 A Tarbell Scrapbook
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* 1993 [[A Tarbell Scrapbook]]
* 1993 Ibidem, Vol 1 (reprint of issues 1-16 + color reproductions of covers)
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* 1993 [[Ibidem]], Vol 1 (reprint of issues 1-16 + color reproductions of covers)
* 1993 The Second Now You See It, Now You Don't! (Reprint of 1978 edition)
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* 1993 [[The Second Now You See It, Now You Don't!]] (Reprint of 1978 edition)
* 1993 Walt Disney's The sorcerer's apprentice (magic section illustrated by Kaufman)
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* 1993 Walt Disney's The Sorcerer's Apprentice (magic section illustrated by Kaufman)
 
* 1994 [[Greater Magic]] (John Northern Hilliard)
 
* 1994 [[Greater Magic]] (John Northern Hilliard)
* 1994 [[Gene Maze and The Art Of Bottom Dealing]] (Stephen Hobbs)
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* 1994 [[Gene Maze and The Art of Bottom Dealing]] By [[Stephen Hobbs]]
 
* 1994 [[Paul Gertner's Steel and Silver]]
 
* 1994 [[Paul Gertner's Steel and Silver]]
* 1994 Great Balloons! (Jean Merlin)
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* 1994 [[Great Balloons!]] By [[Jean Merlin]]
* 1994 [[Strong Magic]] (Darwin Ortiz)
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* 1994 [[Strong Magic]] By [[Darwin Ortiz]]
* 1994 Mahatma (Reprint of Full File with Complete Index)
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* 1994 [[Mahatma]] (Reprint of Full File with Complete Index)
* 1995 Much Ado About Something (Karrell Fox)
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* 1995 [[Much Ado About Something]] By [[Karrell Fox]]
* 1995 Duffie's Card Compulsions (Peter Duffie)
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* 1995 [[Duffie's Card Compulsions]] By [[Peter Duffie]]
* 1995 [[Cardshark]] (Darwin Ortiz)
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* 1995 [[Cardshark]] By Darwin Ortiz
* 1995 After Craft: More Card Trickery (J.K. Hartman)
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* 1995 [[After Craft]]: More Card Trickery By [[J.K. Hartman]]
* 1995 The Discoverie of Witchcraft (Reprint, Reginald Scot)
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* 1995 [[The Discoverie of Witchcraft]] (Reprint, Reginald Scot)
* 1995 Magic of Edward Victor’s Hands, The (Rae Hammond)
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* 1995 [[The Magic of Edward Victor's Hands]] By [[Rae Hammond]]
* 1995 Magic of the Hands Trilogy (Edward Victor)
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* 1995 [[The Magic of the Hands Trilogy]] By [[Edward Victor]]
* 1995 Facsimile 1 (Jon Racherbaumer)
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* 1995 [[Facsimile]] 1 (Jon Racherbaumer)
 
* 1995 [[New Card Control Systems]] (Joseph K. Schmidt)
 
* 1995 [[New Card Control Systems]] (Joseph K. Schmidt)
 
* 1996 Tom Mullica Lecture Notes (with [[Tom Mullica]])
 
* 1996 Tom Mullica Lecture Notes (with [[Tom Mullica]])
* 1996 Magie Duvivier (Jon Racherbaumer)
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* 1996 [[Magie Duvivier]] By Jon Racherbaumer
* 1996 [[Lou Gallo: The Underground Man]] (Kaufman and Mark Phillips)
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* 1996 [[Lou Gallo: The Underground Man]] By (Kaufman and Mark Phillips)
* 1996 A Magician Among the Spirits (Unpublished First Draft by Harry Houdini)
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* 1996 [[A Magician Among the Spirits]] (Unpublished First Draft by Harry Houdini)
* 1996 Séance (Scott Davis)
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* 1996 [[Séance (book|Séance)]] By Scott Davis
* 1996 Facsimile 2 (Jon Racherbaumer)
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* 1996 [[Facsimile]] 2 (Jon Racherbaumer)
* 1996 Notes to Houdini!!! (Ken Silverman)
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* 1996 [[Notes to Houdini!!!]] By Ken Silverman
* 1996 Stanyon’s Magic (Reprint of Full File with Complete Index)
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* 1996 [[Stanyon’s Magic]] (Reprint of Full File with Complete Index)
* 1996 Stanyon's Serial Lessons in Conjuring (Reprint of Full File)
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* 1996 [[Stanyon's Serial Lessons in Conjuring]] (Reprint of Full File)
 
* 1997 [[Jennings '67]] by Richard Kaufman
 
* 1997 [[Jennings '67]] by Richard Kaufman
* 1997 Arcade Dreams: Ed Marlo (Jon Racherbaumer)
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* 1997 [[Arcade Dream]]: Ed Marlo By Jon Racherbaumer
* 1997 The Feints & Temps of Harry Riser (Ed Brown)
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* 1997 [[The Feints and Temps of Harry Riser]] By Ed Brown
* 1997 [[Folding Money Fooling]] (Robert Neale)
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* 1997 [[Folding Money Fooling]] By Robert Neale
* 1997 Greater Artful Dodges of Eddie Fields (Jon Racherbaumer)
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* 1997 [[Greater Artful Dodges of Eddie Fields]] By Jon Racherbaumer
* 1997 [[Effortless Card Magic]] (Peter Duffie)
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* 1997 [[Effortless Card Magic]] By Peter Duffie
 
* 1997 Facsimile 3 (Jon Racherbaumer)
 
* 1997 Facsimile 3 (Jon Racherbaumer)
* 1997 Charles Bertram The Court Conjurer (Edwin Dawes)
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* 1997 [[Charles Bertram: The Court Conjurer]] By Edwin Dawes
* 1997 Looking Glass (4 Issues edited by Kaufman, Racherbaumer, and Hobbs)
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* 1997 [[Looking Glass]] (4 Issues edited by Kaufman, Racherbaumer, and Hobbs)
* 1997 Basic Basic Basic Card Technique (Video)
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* 1997 [[Basic Basic Basic Card Technique]] (Video)
* 1998 The Book or Don't Forget to Point (Flicking Fingers)
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* 1998 [[The Book or Don't Forget to Point]] (Flicking Fingers)
* 1998 [[Vis a Vis: A Jack Avis Book]] (Jack Avis and John Derris)
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* 1998 [[Vis a Vis: A Jack Avis Book]] By Jack Avis and John Derris
* 1998 The Mysteries Of My Life: Rene Lavand (Kaufman and Lavand)
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* 1998 [[The Mysteries of My Life: Rene Lavand]] By Kaufman and Lavand
* 1998 Street Magic (Reprint, Jeff Sheridan and Edward Claflin)
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* 1998 [[Street Magic]] (Reprint, Jeff Sheridan and Edward Claflin)
* 1998 [[Five Times Five: Scotland]] (Peter Duffie)
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* 1998 [[Five Times Five: Scotland]] By Peter Duffie
* 1998 The Now You See It, Now You Don't! Notebook (Bill Tarr)
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* 1998 [[The Now You See It, Now You Don't! Notebook]] By Bill Tarr
* 1998 Stodare: The Enigma Variations (Edwin Dawes)
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* 1998 [[Stodare: The Enigma Variations]] By Edwin Dawes
* 1999 [[Trickery Treats]] (J.K. Hartman)
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* 1999 [[Trickery Treats]] by J.K. Hartman
* 1999 Artistic and Magical Life of [[Bob Kline]] (Bill King)
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* 1999 [[Artistic and Magical Life of Bob Kline]] By Bill King
 
* 1999 Genii. The Conjurors' Magazine (Edited by Kaufman as of Jan.1 1999)  
 
* 1999 Genii. The Conjurors' Magazine (Edited by Kaufman as of Jan.1 1999)  
* 2000 [[Mastering the Art of Magic]] (Eugene Burger)
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* 2000 [[Mastering the Art of Magic]] By Eugene Burger
 
* 2000 Facsimile 4 (Jon Racherbaumer)
 
* 2000 Facsimile 4 (Jon Racherbaumer)
* 2000 Other Voices: Ventriloquism from BC to TV (Stanley Burns)
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* 2000 [[Other Voices: Ventriloquism from BC to TV]] By Stanley Burns
 
* 2001 [[The Lost Notebooks of John Northern Hilliard]]
 
* 2001 [[The Lost Notebooks of John Northern Hilliard]]
* 2002 Sexy Magic (James Hodges)
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* 2002 [[Sexy Magic]] By James Hodges
* 2002 Stanley Collins (Edwin Dawes)
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* 2002 [[Stanley Collins, Conjuror, Collector and Iconoclast]] By Edwin Dawes
* 2003 David Copperfield's Project Magic Handbook
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* 2003 David Copperfield's [[Project Magic Handbook]]
* 2005 [[Seriously Silly]] (David Kaye)
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* 2005 [[Seriously Silly]] By [[David Kaye]]
* 2005 [[One Hundred by Warlock]] (Elizabeth Warlock, Published by The Genii Corporation)
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* 2005 [[One Hundred by Warlock]] By [[Elizabeth Warlock]], Published by The Genii Corporation)
* 2006 [[The Vernon Touch]] (Dai Vernon, Published by The Genii Corporation)
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* 2006 [[The Vernon Touch]] By Dai Vernon, Published by The Genii Corporation)
* 2010 Knack Magic Tricks: A Step-by-Step Guide to Illusions, Sleight of Hand, and Amazing Feats (Photographs by Elizabeth Kaufman and Foreword by [[David Copperfield]])
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* 2007 [[Mindfreak]] by [[Criss Angel]] and Richard Kaufman (Trick Section) ISBN 0061137618
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* 2010 [[Knack Magic Tricks]]: A Step-by-Step Guide to Illusions, Sleight of Hand, and Amazing Feats (Photographs by Elizabeth Kaufman and Foreword by [[David Copperfield]])
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* 2011 [[The Berglas Effects]]
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=== Abandoned publications ===
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* [[The Jennings Letter]] (1993)
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=== Future books ===
 
=== Future books ===
* David Berglas: The Creation of Miracles
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Books that Kaufman has announced:
* Theodore DeLand: A Ring of Mystery Around the Globe
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* [[Theodore DeLand]]: A Ring of Mystery Around the Globe
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* Close-Up Magic of Japan
 
* Mr. Jennings Takes it Easy
 
* Mr. Jennings Takes it Easy
 
* Mr. Jennings Takes It Tough
 
* Mr. Jennings Takes It Tough
* The Magic of Tenkai
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* The Magic of [[Tomo Maeda]]
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* The Magic of [[Tenkai]]
 
* Rene Lavand Redux
 
* Rene Lavand Redux
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* Book of [[Jules Lenier]]'s work (most likely as an ebook<ref>http://www.geniimagazine.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=277980</ref>)
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* [[Mike Skinner]] audio project <ref>http://www.geniimagazine.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=280647</ref>
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* "The" big book on [[Tenyo]]
  
 
==See Also==
 
==See Also==
 
* [[Genii Magazine]]
 
* [[Genii Magazine]]
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[[Category: Biographies]]
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==References==
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Revision as of 14:58, 31 January 2013

Richard Kaufman (b. 1958) is a prolific author, publisher, illustrator, and editor of books and magazines in the field of magic and is currently the publisher and editor of Genii, The Conjurors' Magazine.

Richard Kaufman
BornRichard J. Kaufman
May 16, 1958
New York City, New York

Born in 1958 in New York City, he became interested in magic at age 5 after receiving some novelties from the S.S. Adams company sent by his uncle Alan Soffin. This was followed up by a gift of several magic books. Richard's father, Lewis C. Kaufman (president of B. Altman and Co.), also encouraged his interest by purchasing tricks at a magic shop, learning them, and demonstrating them to his son.

Richard slowly began spending time at several magic shops in New York City, among them Circle Magic run by Mike Tannen, Magic Center run by Russ Delmar, and Lou Tannen's Magic Shop run by the Tannen brothers Lou and Irv, and Tony Spina. By the age of 14 he was already inventing magic effects and he illustrated his first book at age 16 (Afterthoughts by Harry Lorayne).

He attended Queens College, and then New York University, graduating in 1981 with a double-major in both English and Acting (the latter after having studied at the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting).

Kaufman illustrated many other books in the field through 1991, introducing a new style of cartoon-movement into technical magic illustration. He also began writing magic books, starting with the Interlocked Production of Coins in 1977. He self-published his first two modest books, then sought a partner for the financing required to publish larger books. Alan C. Greenberg, CEO of Bear Stearns, also a highly-respected amateur magician, brought the financing that Kaufman required and the company Kaufman and Greenberg was born. For the next 20 years it published many of the most highly-respected books in the field, capturing the sleight-of-hand methods and magic from many of the world's top magicians in printed form. In the mid-1990s, the business became Kaufman and Company and continued its successful publishing ventures.[1]

In 1998, Genii, The Conjurors' Magazine—which had been run by the Larsen family of California since 1936, and which is the oldest continuously-published magazine in the field of magic—was purchased by Kaufman, his wife Elizabeth, and partners Jane and Daniel Solomon. Kaufman became editor in chief and president of The Genii Corporation and the magazine continues its publication, now in both printed and digital formats. Genii also operates The Genii Forum[2] an internet discussion group open to all and MagicPedia[3], the largest online encyclopedia of magic.

As a highly-sought after author, Kaufman also wrote "The Project Magic Handbook" for David Copperfield; The tricks section in "Mindfreaks" for Criss Angel; "Knack Magic Tricks" for Globe Pequot Press; and numerous magic instructions for premium products offered by Royal Jello, Whisk, Burger King, and Coronet Paper Products.

Kaufman has appeared on the covers of Genii, The Conjurors' Magazine (1987); MAGIC (October 1993); M-U-M (2011) and has given presentations at numerous magic conferences including Magic-Con 2011.

Recognition of Kaufman's influence as a magic illustrator is described in The Art of Deception by Chuck Romano (1997) ISBN 0578007525.

Kaufman is also an avid Disney fan. He has visited all the Disney theme parks around the world and collects all sorts of Disney paraphernalia.

He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and daughter.[4]

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Awards and honors

  • Milbourne Christopher Award (1995).
  • Literary Fellowship from the Academy of Magical Arts (1998)
  • J.N. Maskelyne Award from the Magic Circle (2001)
  • Honorary life member of the Society of American Magicians
  • President's citation from the International Brotherhood of Magicians

Bibliography

Periodicals

Books Written, Illustrated and/or Published by Richard Kaufman

Abandoned publications

Future books

Books that Kaufman has announced:

See Also

References

  1. Cover Genii 1987 October
  2. http://www.geniimagazine.com/forum
  3. http://www.magicpedia.net
  4. Cover, MUM, December 2010
  5. http://www.geniimagazine.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=277980
  6. http://www.geniimagazine.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=280647
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