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Nelson C. Hahne

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Nelson C. Hahne
BornNelson C. Hahne
December 9, 1908
Dayton, Ohio
DiedOctober 04, 1970 (age 61)
Pompano Beach, Florida
Resting placeSection 2, Lot 612, Space 5, Dayton Memorial Park, 8135 North Dixie Drive, Dayton, Ohio
CategoriesBooks by Nelson C. Hahne
Nelson C. Hahne (1908-1970) was an illustrator for many books and magazines, with Modern Coin Magic being one of his most well known.


Hahne graduated from the University of Dayton with a BS degree in Commerce.

He Illustrated Jean Hugard's Modern Magic Manual and J. B. Bobo's Modern Coin Magic. He drew illustrations for the Linking Ring Magazine for many years.[1] and provided many illustrations and covers for the mentalism catalogues of Robert Nelson. Most of his drawings were unsigned, but when he did sign his work, he either used his initials, NH, or his surname, Nelson. An excellent anatomist and designer, his style changed over the years from formal Art Deco pen-and ink compositions in the 1930s to looser brush-and-ink commercial art renderings in the 1950s. His versatility permitted him to also work in a comedic or cartooney pen style, and to create cleanly detailed instructional line drawings that never called attention to their status as art.

Hahne was a close friend of Laurie Ireland, and he also helped write a few books.[2] He was married to Virginia B. Hahne [3]



  1. My Best by Thompson, Jr., J.G. (1945)
  2. Article by Goodlette Dodson in Genii 1952 July
  3. Gravestone of Nelson C. Hahne at


  • Abracadabra Vol 50 iss 1291 p259 (Oct 1970)
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 50, No. 11, November 1970, Illustrator Nelson Hahne Dies, page 114
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 50, No. 12, December 1970, Nelson Hahne, page 43, Broken Wand, Nelson C. Hahne, page 142
  • The New Tops, Vol. 10, No. 12, December 1970, Final Curtain, Nelson C. Hahne, page 40
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 75, No. 7, July 1995, The Art Of Deception or The Magical Affinity Between Conjuring and Art, by Chuck Romano, page 63
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 87, No. 12, December 2007, Nelson Hahne, by Samuel Patrick Smith, Lighting the Imagination, page 40