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Paul Clive

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Paul Clive
BornPhilip Craggs
October 4, 1906
London, England
DiedDecember 1, 1987 (age 81)
Victoria Hospital, Blackpool, England
CategoriesBooks by Paul Clive

Paul Clive (1906-1987) born Philip Craggs, brother of magician and ventriloquist Douglas Craggs, was a magic dealer (Paul Clive & Co Ltd.) in Blackpool, England.


Philip Craggs joined The Magic Circle in 1931, following in his brother's footsteps, he used the name Paul Clive. In 1937 he founded Witchcraft Magic. In 1940 he decided to change his name legally to Paul Clive.

His business was started in London, designated “The Home of Sir Pryzes.” He issued separate catalogs for Jokes and for Magic in 1937. They also issued so-called “Splash” leaflets advertising new lines.

In 1939 the business moved to Andover in Hampshire. This premise was requisitioned by the authorities shortly after war broke out and in 1940 Clive moved north to Blackpool, where he remained until relocating to the United States around 1954.

He eventually he returned to Britain and died in hospital in Blackpool.[1]

Clive helped form the North West Magic Club, subsequently renamed the Blackpool Magic Circle and now known for its annual one-day convention as the Blackpool Magicians' Club. [2]



  1. Witchcraft: The Young Conjurer and his First Magic Catalogue by Edwin A. Dawes in Yankee Magic Collector #11 (2004)
  2. The Magic Circular, Vol. 82, No. 882, January-February 1988, Obituary, PAUL CLIVE, by Mike King, page 21
  • The Magic Circular, Vol. 106, No. 1152, July 2012, A rich cabinet of magical curiosities, by Edwin A. Dawes - 404. Paul Clive and Witchcraft Magic, page 208