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Tom Osborne

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Tom Osborne
BornThomas James Osborne
December 3, 1902
St. Louis, Missiouri
DiedApril 17, 1963 (age 60)
CategoriesBooks by Tom Osborne

Thomas James Osborne (1902-1963) grew up in Baltimore and move to Philadelphia in the late 1930s.[1]


In 1917 and 1918 he had two television programs "Magic Made Easy" and "Black Magic" in Philadelphia, possibly becoming the first magician to appear on TV in that area. Max Holden once called him "one of the greatest showmen in magic".

He contributed many articles and Hocus Pocus Parades to the Linking Ring Magazine.

Osborne is known for his marketed version of the Three-To-One Rope, invented by Carlyle (Lyle Laughlin).


Marketed Tricks

  • Three to One Rope (1935)
  • Passing The Buck (1941)
  • The Classics of Magic No. 1: Coin Tricks
  • The Classics of Magic No. 2: Napkin Folding
  • The Classics of Magic No. 3: The Shower of Sweets
  • The Classics of Magic No. 4: Poker Demonstration (1946)
  • The Rainbow Series 01 : 101 Opening Remarks for Magicians
  • The Rainbow Series 02 : Paul Rosini's Thumb Tie
  • The Rainbow Series 03 : Torn & Restored One Dollar Bill
  • The Rainbow Series 04 : That Extra Something
  • The Rainbow Series 05 : Traveling Ring
  • The Rainbow Series 06 : Ring on the Wand
  • The Rainbow Series 07 : Card in the Balloon
  • The Rainbow Series 08 : Kid Stuff
  • The Rainbow Series 09 : Long & Short Cigarette
  • The Rainbow Series 10 : Silk to Egg
  • The Rainbow Series 11 : Cigarette in Dollar Bill


  1. By Thompson, Jr., J.G.. "My Best", 1945, p. 372