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Samuel Hooker

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Samuel Hooker
BornSamuel Cox Hooker
April 19, 1864
Brenchly, Kent, England
DiedOctober 12, 1935 (age 71)
Brooklyn, New York

Dr. Samuel Cox Hooker (1864-1935) was a chemist whose chief hobby was magic.


Hooker studied chemistry at the Royal College of Science in London and the University of Munich.

In 1885 he came to the United States and 1887 he married Mary Elizabeth Owens of Cincinnati, with whom he had two daughters, two sons.

He was director of the American and Spreckels Sugar Refining Companies, of Great Western Sugar Co. In 1916 he retired to devote his time to chemical research.

His Hooker's Rising Cards effect have been a fascination with magicians for over a century. Hooker first showed his effect in 1914, and in 2007 John Gaughan gave a reenactment during the Conference on Magic History.[1][2]


  1. Genii Magazine, Vol. 71, No. 4, April 2008, Cover, Dr. Hooker And the Science of Marvels, by Jim Steinmeyer, page 48
  2. Brief Biography at The Magic Nook
  • The Sphinx, Vol. 34, No. 9, November 1935, Dr. Samuel Cox Hooker Dies, page 238
  • The Sphinx, Vol. 48, No. 2, April 1949, Impossibilities and Miltiades III, page 47
  • The Magic Circular, Vol. 61, No. 682, May 1967, Magicana, The Hooker Rising Cards, by JOHN MULHOLLAND, page 129
  • M-U-M, Vol. 97, No. 8, January 2008, Dr. Samuel C. Hooker's "Impossibilities" with Miltiades III, Brooklyn (1918), by Oscar S. Teale, page 56, Dr. Samuel C. Hooker's "Impossibilities" with Miltiades III, Los Angeles Conference on Magic History (2007), by Michael A. Perovich, page 58
  • Bio-bibliographisches Lexikon der Zauberkünstler Edition Volker Huber, April 2002, Hooker, Samuel Cox, Dr. engl.-USA Zauberkünstler (Amateur) (*19.04.1864 Brenchley, England; †13.10.1935), p. 163