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Edward Bagshawe

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Edward Bagshawe (1902 - 1940) was a professional dealer during the 1920s in London, England.

He invented the Optica Deck. He is also being credited with the paper modification of the Out-to-Lunch principle used with "The Recurring Name" contained in Twenty Magical Novelties (1930) but Max Maven has found early sources. To wit (as write Sir Jon): "However, in 1994 I tracked down the existence of a prior source, Tom Bowyer's "A Message From Nowhere" in the April 1928 Linking Ring. And, in 1995, I found yet an earlier credit: William Larsen Sr., "Finger Prints" in the July 1923 Sphinx." (Reprint from The Collected Wisdom of Magic Talk)

Bagshawe edited the magic magazine Magical Monthly from 1923 - 1926.

After his suicide his business was absorbed by Davenport's.


  • Exclusive Problems in Magic (1924)
  • More Magical Mysteries (1925)
  • Novel Mysteries - PART ONE - ORIGINAL SILK EFFECTS (1927)
  • Novel Mysteries - PART TWO - ORIGINAL CARD EFFECTS (1927)
  • The Le Walke Mysteries (1927)
  • Twenty Magical Novelties (1930)
  • E.D. Proudlock's Routine with Thimbles (1933)
  • Edward Proudlock's Version of the Sympathetic Silks (1936)
  • Proudlock's Egg Bag and Four Ace Presentations (1938)