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Henning Nelms

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Henning Nelms (1900-1986), a lawyer, theatrical director, amateur magician and novelist, was the author of Magic and Showmanship: a Handbook for Conjurers (1969).

Henning Nelms
BornHenning Cunningham Nelms
November 30, 1900
Baltimore, Maryland
DiedMay 23, 1986 (age 85)
CategoriesBooks by Henning Nelms

Nelms also wrote some mystery novels under the pen name Hake Talbot.

Using the pseudonym "Hake Talbot", he wrote 2 mystery novels: The Hangman's Handyman (1942) and Rim of the Pit (1944).

He was a member of the SAM assembly 23 and IBM ring 50 in Washington DC in the 1960s. He would submit the reports to MUM and Linking Ring.


The magic of drama is infinitely more powerful than the magic of trickery. It is as available to the conjurer as it is to the actor. The only difference is that actors take it for granted, whereas few conjurers are even aware that it exists. - Magic and Showmanship


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