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Donald Holmes

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Donald Holmes

Cover of Sphinx (Sept. 1916)
BornDonald Holmes Alsdorf
September 23, 1879
Albion, Michigan
DiedDecember 30, 1958 (age 79)
CategoriesBooks by Donald Holmes

Donald Holmes (September 23, 1879 - December 30, 1958), born Donald Holmes Alsdorf in Albion, Michigan, was an amateur magician, inventor and dealer.


Holmes started in magic in the early 1880s and was a mail order dealer out of Texas before moving to Kansas City, Missouri. His house organs for his business were Holmes' Trade Sheet (1916) (4 issues) followed by Holmes' Magical Notes and Comments 1917- 1920 (39 issues).

He created the "Perfection Rising Cards" effect and marketed many of Billy Russell inventions.

Holmes was a charter member of the Robert Houdin Club and his private collection of magical apparatus is one of the largest in this country at the time.