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Alfred Giddings

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Alfred Giddings
BornNovember 28, 1879
DiedFebruary 19, 1948 (age 68)

Alfred James Giddings (November 28, 1879 - February 19, 1948), also known as "Arthur Marriott" when performing a Second Sight act with his wife, Adelaide Ellen Giddings, as "The Marriott". Later they became known as The Zomahs.


Giddings, a friend of Stanley Collins, founded the Institute of Magicians in 1934. Giddings had resigned as a member of The Magicians' Club in protest to start this new organization, which embarked upon an anti-exposure crusade.


  • Stanley Collins Conjurer Collector and Iconoclast by Edwin A. Dawes (2001)
  • The Sphinx, Vol. 34, No. 5, July 1935, The Zomahs Victors in Fight Against Exposing, page 130
  • The Sphinx, Vol. 47, No. 1, March 1948, Zomah Dies, page 19
  • The Magic Circular, Vol. 42, No. 464, April 1948, Obituary A. Zomah, page 130
  • The Sphinx, Vol. 47, No. 2, April 1948, London Notes by Wilfrid Jonson, Zomah, page 47
  • The Tops, Vol. 13, No. 4, April 1948, Zomah, Mystery Man, Dies, page 25
  • Goodliffe's Abracadabra, Vol. 64, No. 1646, August 1977, Silence in Court, by Peter Warlock – In the Matter of Exposing, page 121
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 88, No. 6, June 2008, Women in Magic Z: Madame Zomah, by Michael Claxton, page 72