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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 (1875-1945) 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, performed occasionally and claimed to be the inventor of the back and front continuous palm, which has never been proven.[2]





  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)