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Magic: Stage Illusions, Special Effects and Trick Photography

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Magic: Stage Illusions, Special Effects and Trick Photography
AuthorAlbert A. Hopkins
PublisherMunn & Co.
Publication Date1897

Magic, Stage Illusions And Scientific Diversions: Including Trick Photography is divided into five "books": The Mysteries of Modern Magic, Conjurers' Tricks and Stage Illusions, Ancient Magic, Science in the Theater, Automata and Curious Toys, and Photographic Diversions.[1]

During the 1890s, Scientific American magazine published elaborate explanations of magic illusions. For several years, the identity of Scientific American's "spy" remained a mystery to other magicians. But soon William Robinson's name was slowly linked to the magazine. Harry Kellar was particularly upset to find descriptions some of his most popular illusions, including the rope tie that formed the basis of his Spirit Cabinet routine that Robinson's wife, Dot, operated in the Kellar show.

At the end of 1897, the publisher of Scientific American, collected the tricks under one cover, with additional material, including descriptions of theatrical special effects.[2]

It has an introduction by Henry Ridgely Evans and William Robinson along with H. J. Burlingame were thanked for their contributions.

A few of the topics were "Conjurers Tricks and Stage Illusions", "Jugglers and Acrobats", "Fire Eaters and Sword Tricks", "Ventriloquism", "Shadowgraphy", "Mental Magic", "Temple Tricks of the Greeks", "Stage Effects", "Theater Secrets" and "Automata".

Studying the volume, Harry Kellar realized Robinson's part and years later knew he had betrayed him.

It was included in Albo's top thirty-nine books.

See also: Stage Illusions by Will Goldston (1912).


  2. The Glorious Deception - The Double Life of William Robinson, aka Chung Ling Soo By James H. Steinmeyer (2005)
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