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S.H. Sharpe

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S.H. Sharpe

Cover of Genii (1984)
BornSamuel Henry Sharpe
August 31, 1902
Retford, Nottinghamshire, England
DiedJuly 27, 1992 (age 89)
Bridlington, England
CategoriesBooks by S.H. Sharpe

S.H. Sharpe (1902 - 1992) was an author of books on magic theory and contributor to many magazines. His first known article was written for The Magician in May 1917. [1] [2]


After leaving school Sharpe joined the Asbestos and Rubber Company, managing their sports and conjuring departments. He was an active performer and along with Clem Hill founded of the Hull and East Riding Magicians' Society in December 1921.

In 1923 he had to give up his work due to illness, eventually to seeking an open-air occupation. He started a poultry breeding farm and apiary, which he continued to operate until his retirement in the early 1960s.

He joined The Magic Circle in 1930, was promoted to A.I.M.C. in 1934 and to M.I.M.C. in 1936. He became an Honorary Vice-President of Hull Magicians' Circle in 1974.

Sharpe translated Hofzinser's Card Conjuring in 1931 and Ponsin On Conjuring in 1937.

Neo Magic was first published in an edition of 500 copies in 1932 by George Johnson, publisher-editor of the Magic Wand. Johnson still had copies of the book in storage when World War II broke out, and they were destroyed during the London blitz of 1940. A second printing of 750 copies was issued after the war, in 1946.


  • The Milbourne Christopher Award for Devant's Delightful Delusions
  • Literary Fellowship from the Academy Of Magical Arts (1983)
  • The Magic Circle Maskelyne Literary Award (1990).



  1. The Magic Circlular, Vol. 86, No. 929, SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 1992, Obituary, page 196
  2. Linking Ring Vol. 72, No. 10, October 1992, Obituary, page 117