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Edmund Wilson

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Edmund Wilson
BornMay 8, 1895
Red Bank, New Jersey
DiedJune 12, 1972 (age 77)
Talcottville, New York

Edmund Wilson (1895–1972), an American writer, and literary critic, was also an amateur magician and a puppeteer.


He wrote about a number of magicians and magic books. He contributed, as the drama critic, an essay titled "Houdini" to the journal New Republic (June 24, 1925). Also for the New Republic (October 17, 1928), under the heading "A Great Magician", he reviewed HaroId Kellock's biography of Houdini.

While on the staff of The New Yorker he contributed a review, in the March 1944 issue, of John Mulholland's book The Art of Illusion: Magic for Men To Do.[1]


  1. The Complete Rich Cabinet of Magical Curiosities by Edwin Dawes (2005)
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