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Sydney W. Clarke

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Sydney W. Clarke
BornSydney Wrangel Clarke
June 19, 1864
Stonegrove, England
DiedJuly 12, 1940 (age 76)
CategoriesBooks by Sydney W. Clarke

Sydney Wrangel Clarke (b.1864-d.1940) was a British barrister (lawyer), noted magic historian and celebrated member of the Magic Circle.


Clarke join the Magic Circle in 1907 and succeeded Nevil Maskelyne in 1910 as editor of the Magic Circular (1909 - 1914) .

He wrote a comprehensive history of magic that was published as a serial in "The Magic Wand" magazine during the years 1924-1928, which eventually was release in book form as The Annals of Conjuring. Clarke also, for a period, produced the Magic Wand.

During the 1930s, Clarke contributed to magazines such as the Sphinx.

Clarke taught magic to his nephew Brigadier Dudley Wrangel Clarke, a British officer that was head of "A Force", the British deception planning & operations section in the Middle East and Mediterranean Theaters during World War II.



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  • The Sphinx, Vol. 39, No. 8, October 1940, Editor Page, Sidney Wrangel Clarke Died, page 198
  • The Magic Wand, Vol. 29, No. 187, October-November 1940, Sidney Wrangel Clarke, page 115
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 20, No. 10, December 1940, Christmas and Magic, by Dr. Henry R. Evans, page 731
  • The Barrister In The Circle by Edwin Dawes (1983)
  • The Magic Circular, Vol. 93, No 1000, November 1999, A Rich Cabinet of Magical Curiosities, by Edwin Dawes, 253. Salute Those Millenarian Editors - Sidney Wrangel Clarke (1910-1915; 1916-1919), page 311
  • The Annals of Conjuring, by Sydney W. Clarke (1929, reprint 2001), The Barrister in the Circle, by Edwin Dawes, pages 29-53