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Harry Whiteley

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Harry Whiteley

Cover March 1905
BornHenry Whiteley Cunliffe
December 1, 1875
Hulme, Manchester
DiedApril 22, 1945 (age 69)

Harry Whiteley was the manager of the Manchester Conjuring Trick Works and ran a circulating library for magicians.[1]

He hosted a congregation for conjurers each Sunday evening which became known as "Whiteley's Varieties".

Whiteley contributed to the Sphinx as a correspondent under the column "English Notes" from 1904 to 1907.

He was said to be good at sleight-of-hand and performed occasionally. He apparently claimed to be the inventor of the back and front continuous palm, which has never been proven.[2]

Books =


  • Miracles of Modern Magic (1905)



  1. HARRY WHITELEY: WHAT'S IN A NAME? By Eddie Dawes, MUM, MAY, 1985
  2. 109. WHITELEY'S VARIETIES - MAGIC IN MANCHESTER, Magic Circular No 78 (1984)