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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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== Biography ==
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Kaufman (pronounce Cowf-man) was born 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.  
  
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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]]).
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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).[[File:GeniiCoverV51N4.jpg|left|thumb|Cover of Genii (1987)]]
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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
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== Bibliography ==
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===Periodicals===
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* 1978 [[Apocalypse]] (with Harry Lorayne, 1978)
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* 1982 [[Richard's Almanac]]
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* 1995 [[The Looking Glass]]
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* 1999 [[Genii]]
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===Books Written, Illustrated and/or Published by Richard 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 
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* 1978 [[On the Up and Up]]
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* 1978 [[The Real Secrets of The Three Ball Routines]] by [[Frank Garcia]] (Illustrated by Kaufman)
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* 1978 [[The Card Classics of Ken Krenzel]] By Harry Lorayne (Illustrated by Kaufman)
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* 1979 [[CoinMagic]] by Richard Kaufman [[Books published by Kaufman and Greenberg | Kaufman and Greenberg]]
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* 1979 [[New Stars of Magic]] presents THE ULTIMATE INVISIBLE ASSEMBLY
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* 1980 [[The Gene Maze Card Book]]
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* 1980 [[The Very Best of Cups and Balls]] by Frank Garcia (Illustrated by Kaufman)
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* 1980 [[Exclusive Card Miracles]] By Frank Garcia (Illustrated by Kaufman)
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* 1981 [[CardMagic]] by Richard Kaufman
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* 1981 [[CardWorks]] by Richard Kaufman
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* 1982 Tom Mullica's AEROBIC (AUTOMATIC-ENTRY ROLL-OVER BILL-IN-CIGARETTE)  by Richard Kaufman
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* 1982 [[The Complete Works of Derek Dingle]] by Richard Kaufman
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* 1982 [[The New York Magic Symposium - Collection 1]]
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* 1982 [[The Elegant Card Magic of Fr. Cyprian]] by Frank Garcia (Illustrated by Kaufman)
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* 1982 [[Kane]] (Illustrated by Kaufman)
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* 1983 [[The New York Magic Symposium - Collection 2]]
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* 1983 [[Richard's Almanac]] Volume 1 (Hardcover Reprint of Volume One)
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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)
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* 1985 [[David Roth's Expert Coin Magic]] by Richard Kaufman  [[Books published by Kaufman and Greenberg | Kaufman and Greenberg]]
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* 1985 [[Don England's Gaffed To The Hilt!]] By [[Jon Racherbaumer]]
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* 1986 [[Sankey Panky]] [[Jay Sankey ]] ([[Jay Sankey |bio]]) by Richard Kaufman [[Books published by Kaufman and Greenberg | Kaufman and Greenberg]]
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* 1986 [[The Compleat Invocation, Vols. 1 & 2]] (Tony Raven and Tony Andruzzi)
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* 1986 [[Spirit Theater]] By Eugene Burger
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* 1987 [[The Uncanny Scot: Ron Wilson]] [[Books published by Kaufman and Greenberg | Kaufman and Greenberg]]
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* 1987 [[The Performance of Close-Up Magic]] By [[Eugene Burger]]
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* 1987 Lim-Tricks By [[Jeff Sheridan]]
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* 1987 [[Derek Dingle's Australian Poker]] (a giveaway when you bought a book)
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* 1987 [[The New Jinx]] (Book) By [[Bill Madsen]]
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* 1988 [[Apocalypse]], Vol. 1 (Kaufman and [[Harry Lorayne]])
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* 1988 [[Darwin Ortiz at the Card Table]] by [[Darwin Ortiz]]  [[Books published by Kaufman and Greenberg | Kaufman and Greenberg]]
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* 1988 [[New Magic of Japan]] by [[Phil Goldstein]] and Kaufman  [[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]]
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* 1989 [[Williamson's Wonders]]on the work of [[David Williamson]] by Richard Kaufman
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* 1989 The [[Secrets of Brother John Hamman]] by Richard Kaufman [[Books published by Kaufman and Greenberg | Kaufman and Greenberg]]
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* 1989 [[The Experience of Magic]] (Eugene Burger)
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* 1989 On The Pass (Video)
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* 1990 [[100% Sankey]] by Richard Kaufman
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* 1990 [[Gary Kurtz: Unexplainable Acts]] by Richard Kaufman
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* 1990 [[The Amazing Miracles Of Shigeo Takagi]] By Richard Kaufman
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* 1991 [[Life Savers]] By [[Michael Weber]]
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* 1991 [[Strange Ceremonies]] By Eugene Burger
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* 1991 [[Card Craft]] By J.K. Hartman
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* 1991 [[Road Hustler]] By Robert Prus
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* 1991 Houdini's [[Conjurers' Monthly Magazine]] (Reprint of Full File)
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* 1991 [[Smoke and Mirrors]] By John Bannon
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* 1992 [[Five Times Five: Japan]] by Richard Kaufman [[Books published by Kaufman and Greenberg | Kaufman and Greenberg]]
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* 1992 [[The Collected Almanac]] (Reprint of All Three Volumes Plus Additional Material)
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* 1992 [[The Compleat Invocation, Vol. 3]] (Tony Andruzzi)
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* 1992 [[Totally Out of Control]] By [[Chris Kenner]]
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* 1992 Tom Mullica Starring in [[Show-Time at the Tom-Foolery]] By Richard Kaufman
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* 1993 [[Beyond Compere]] By Terry Seabrooke
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* 1993 [[Martin Gardner Presents]] By [[Martin Gardner]]
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* 1993 [[Secrets Draun From Underground]] on the works of [[Steve Draun]] By Richard Kaufman
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* 1993 [[Tarbell]] 8 (Harlan Tarbell, Steve Burton, Richard Kaufman)
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* 1993 [[A Tarbell Scrapbook]]
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* 1993 [[Ibidem]], Vol 1 (reprint of issues 1-16 + color reproductions of covers)
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* 1993 [[The Second Now You See It, Now You Don't!]] (Reprint of 1978 edition) by [[Bill Tarr]]
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* 1993 Walt Disney's The Sorcerer's Apprentice (magic section illustrated by Kaufman)
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* 1994 [[Greater Magic]] (John Northern Hilliard)
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* 1994 [[Gene Maze and The Art of Bottom Dealing]] By [[Stephen Hobbs]]
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* 1994 [[Paul Gertner's Steel and Silver]]
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* 1994 [[Great Balloons!]] By [[Jean Merlin]]
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* 1994 [[Strong Magic]] By [[Darwin Ortiz]]
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* 1994 [[Mahatma]] (Reprint of Full File with Complete Index)
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* 1995 [[Much Ado About Something]] By [[Karrell Fox]]
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* 1995 [[Duffie's Card Compulsions]] By [[Peter Duffie]]
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* 1995 [[Cardshark]] By Darwin Ortiz
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* 1995 [[After Craft]]: More Card Trickery By [[J.K. Hartman]]
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* 1995 [[The Discoverie of Witchcraft]] (Reprint, Reginald Scot)
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* 1995 [[The Magic of Edward Victor's Hands]] By [[Rae Hammond]]
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* 1995 [[The Magic of the Hands Trilogy]] By [[Edward Victor]]
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* 1995 [[Facsimile]] 1 (Jon Racherbaumer)
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* 1995 [[New Card Control Systems]] (Joseph K. Schmidt)
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* 1996 Tom Mullica Lecture Notes (with [[Tom Mullica]])
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* 1996 [[Magie Duvivier]] By Jon Racherbaumer
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* 1996 [[Lou Gallo: The Underground Man]] By (Kaufman and Mark Phillips)
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* 1996 [[A Magician Among the Spirits]] (Unpublished First Draft by Harry Houdini)
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* 1996 [[Séance (book|Séance)]] By Scott Davis
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* 1996 [[Facsimile]] 2 (Jon Racherbaumer)
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* 1996 [[Notes to Houdini!!!]] By Ken Silverman
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* 1996 [[Stanyon's Magic]] (Reprint of Full File with Complete Index)
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* 1996 [[Stanyon's Serial Lessons in Conjuring]] (Reprint of Full File)
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* 1997 [[Jennings '67]] by Richard Kaufman
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* 1997 [[Arcade Dream]]: Ed Marlo By Jon Racherbaumer
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* 1997 [[The Feints and Temps of Harry Riser]] By Ed Brown
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* 1997 [[Folding Money Fooling]] By Robert Neale
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* 1997 [[Greater Artful Dodges of Eddie Fields]] By Jon Racherbaumer
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* 1997 [[Effortless Card Magic]] By Peter Duffie
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* 1997 Facsimile 3 (Jon Racherbaumer)
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* 1997 [[Charles Bertram: The Court Conjurer]] By Edwin Dawes
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* 1997 [[Looking Glass]] (4 Issues edited by Kaufman, Racherbaumer, and Hobbs)
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* 1997 [[Basic Basic Basic Card Technique]] (Video)
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* 1998 [[The Book or Don't Forget to Point]] (Flicking Fingers)
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* 1998 [[Vis a Vis: A Jack Avis Book]] By Jack Avis and John Derris
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* 1998 [[The Mysteries of My Life: Rene Lavand]] By Kaufman and Lavand
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* 1998 [[Street Magic]] (Reprint, Jeff Sheridan and Edward Claflin)
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* 1998 [[Five Times Five: Scotland]] By Peter Duffie
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* 1998 [[The Now You See It, Now You Don't! Notebook]] By [[Bill Tarr]]
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* 1998 [[Stodare: The Enigma Variations]] By Edwin Dawes
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* 1999 [[Trickery Treats]] by J.K. Hartman
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* 1999 [[Artistic and Magical Life of Bob Kline]] By Bill King
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* 1999 Genii. The Conjurors' Magazine (Edited by Kaufman as of Jan.1 1999)
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* 2000 [[Mastering the Art of Magic]] By Eugene Burger
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* 2000 Facsimile 4 (Jon Racherbaumer)
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* 2000 [[Other Voices: Ventriloquism from BC to TV]] By Stanley Burns
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* 2001 [[The Lost Notebooks of John Northern Hilliard]]
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* 2002 [[Sexy Magic]] By James Hodges
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* 2002 [[Stanley Collins, Conjuror, Collector and Iconoclast]] By Edwin Dawes
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* 2003 David Copperfield's [[The Project Magic Handbook]] (for [[Project Magic]])
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* 2005 Seriously Silly By [[David Kaye]]
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* 2005 [[One Hundred by Warlock]] By [[Elizabeth Warlock]], Published by The Genii Corporation)
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* 2006 [[The Vernon Touch]] By Dai Vernon, Published by The Genii Corporation)
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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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* 2013 [[Japan Ingenious]]  (Close-Up Magic of Japan)<ref>http://forums.geniimagazine.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=42724</ref>
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* 2015 [[TENYO-ISM]], "The" big book on [[Tenyo]]
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* 2016 The Secrets of So Sato by So Sato and Richard Kaufman
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* 2016 Super Sized Silly by David Kaye
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=== Abandoned publications ===
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* [[The Jennings Letter]] (1993)
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=== Future books ===
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Books that Kaufman has announced:
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* [[Theodore DeLand: Madness and Mystery]]
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* Mr. Jennings Takes it Easy
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* Mr. Jennings Takes It Tough
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* The Magic of [[Tomo Maeda]]
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* The Magic of [[Tenkai]]
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* 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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* [[Michael Skinner: In His Own Words]], a [[Mike Skinner]] audio project <ref>http://www.geniimagazine.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=280647</ref><ref>http://forums.geniimagazine.com/viewtopic.php?t=44744</ref>
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* A book on [[Lubor Fiedler]]<ref>http://forums.geniimagazine.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=43206</ref>
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* A book with [[Dani DaOrtiz]] was announced in 2014. Will be one large volume that combines his theories on magic and psychology with more tricks than are in the Spanish editions.<ref>http://forums.geniimagazine.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=44878&p=300683&hilit=dani#p300666</ref>
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* A book on coin magic with [[Miguel Angel Gea]]<ref>More Genii Speaks, Genii Magazine, August 2014</ref>
 
==See Also==
 
==See Also==
* [[Books by Richard Kaufman]]
 
 
* [[Genii Magazine]]
 
* [[Genii Magazine]]
  
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Richard Kaufman
BornRichard J. Kaufman
May 16, 1958
New York City, New York

CategoriesBooks by Richard Kaufman

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.

Biography

Kaufman (pronounce Cowf-man) was born 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).
Cover of Genii (1987)

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]

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://forums.geniimagazine.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=42724
  6. http://www.geniimagazine.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=277980
  7. http://www.geniimagazine.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=280647
  8. http://forums.geniimagazine.com/viewtopic.php?t=44744
  9. http://forums.geniimagazine.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=43206
  10. http://forums.geniimagazine.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=44878&p=300683&hilit=dani#p300666
  11. More Genii Speaks, Genii Magazine, August 2014
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