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Harry S. Thompson

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Harry S. Thompson

Cover of Sphinx (December 1905)
BornHarris Stuart Thompson
February 28 1858
Chicago, Illinois
DiedDecember 20 1930 (age 72)
St. Paul, Minnesota
Resting placeRoselawn Cemetery, Roseville, St. Paul, Minnesota
CategoriesBooks by Harry S. Thompson

Harry S. Thompson, a friend of Harry Houdini, had one of the largest collections of books, newspaper and magazine articles on magic.


He helped keep the Sphinx alive after William Hilliar left as editor with advice from his experience as a publisher and printer. He was also the one that induced Dr. A. M. Wilson to take up the editorial work, which resulted in moving the paper to Kansas City.

Thompson joined the Society of American Magicians early in its organization and was appointed the western representative of the society in Chicago.

By 1910 he was serving as vice-president of the Twin City Magicians Club of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota.[1]

He contributed an article to The Sphinx entitled "MAGIC IN CHICAGO IN THE EARLY DAYS" in the February 1918 issue. One of the last reported mentions of Thompson was in the January 1925 issue of the Sphinx reporting that he sent in some photographs.


According to Peter Zenner, Thompson could be the author of The Expert at the Card Table (1902), under the nom-de-plume "S.W. Erdnase". [2]


  1. American Magician, May 1910
  2. See the posting on the Genii Forum dated July 7th, 2015