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Conference on Magic History

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Los Angeles Conference on Magic History is a biennial invitation-only conference organized and hosted by Ricky Jay, Mike Caveney, John Gaughan and Jim Steinmeyer. The purpose of the conference is to showcase historical magic.


  1. 1989 - 02/04 November: De Kolta's Expanding Die, Automata, Thayer magic.
  2. 1991 - 07/09 November: Rene Lavand, The Charles Carter Show.
  3. 1993 Hooker Card Rise, Sawing a Woman in Halves.
  4. 1995 - 09/11 November: Tribute to Robert Lund, The Blue Room.
  5. 1997 Will, the Witch and the Watch, the Chess Automaton.
  6. 1999 - 11/13 November: The Mascot Moth, the Automaton Clarinet Player.
  7. 2001 Guy Jarrett’s creations, The Million Dollar Mystery, The Great Fasola.
  8. 2003 Tanagra, Lesley Hazlitt (Piddington), Devant’s Chocolate Soldier from St. George's Hall and Morritt’s famous Oh! illusion from Egyptian Hall. Brindamour, “The Original Jail Breaker and Handcuff King”
  9. 2005 The Wrestling Cheese, Professor Thomas Tobin’s Palingenesia, Del Adelphia, and Kellar’s Psycho.
  10. 2007 Hooker Rising Cards.
  11. 2009 Robert-Houdin's Orange Tree, David Devant's Beau Brocade, Charles Morritt's Goodbye Winter and Pierre-Jacques de Loutherbourg's Eidophusikon.