(1936 - )
John Fabjance became interested in magic as a teen-ager, and performed as an amateur magician in his high school years. During his freshman year of college, John met Harry Blackstone, Sr. and eventually became an assistant on The Blackstone Tour Show.
In the 1970's, John opened a magic store in Chicago, IL, becoming a full time performing magician as well as a magic dealer and owner of Fabjance Studios. From February of 1977 until August of 1981, John edited the magic periodical Legerdermain. Today, he continues to perform magic with his son Gary.
Invented: Airborne Glass, an effect, created and marketed by John Fabjance, where the magician, while pouring liquid from a bottle or can into a glass, lets go of the glass and it remains suspended in mid air. Pink Elephants and Purple Cows (Fabjance Studios).
Wrote: 101 Professional Card Tricks with Trick Cards (1986)
Informative Website: http://www.chicagomagician.com
(1936 - )
Born Richard Roucau in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he named himself Fantasio in 1961, when he joined the Círculo Mágico Argentino in Buenos Aires.
In July 1976, Fantasio -after 17 years on the professional stage- left show business. The second portion of his life then began. It was dedicated to creating, rnanufacturing and selling magic, especially the plastic candles and canes used in so much of his magic.
Wrote: My Canes and Candles
Media: Video Lectures 1 & 2 - Live at the Magic Castle (VHS videotape)
YouTube Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLunktosaR4
(c1675 - 1731)
An early English magician, Fawkes was known to have performed the Egg Bag trick and Blooming Bush, effects still performed today.He also built and demonstrated mechanical automations, e.g. a clock, which imitated numerous music instruments and bird voices.
( 1928 - )
American Magician. Owner of the Fedko Magic Company of Santa Ana, California, and founder of I.B.M. Ring 313.
Inventor and manufacturer of the following Fedko Magic Company products: Ultimate Aces, Beads of Prussia, Ultra Coins Through The Table, Fedko's Finesse, Tri-card Monte, Twist And Turn, Ultimate Bill Box, Ultra Card/Coin Box, Joker Matrix, Monsieur Cassette, Tri-Force, Topsy Turvy Smiling Face, Fedko Electronic Light, This Way And That Way, Ultra Deck Vanish, Bill-O-Matches, Six Card Repeato, Topsy Turvy Six Card Repeat, Mind Blank, To Bounce Or Not To Bounce, Fedko Coin Pail, Block Of Fu Manchoo, Fedko Egg Bag, Exchango, Merlin's Triple Triumph, Ultra Color Changing Ribbon, Silks Of Tibet, Ultra Jumbo Dye Tube, ABC Cups And Balls, The Elusive Pimpernel, Let's Play Poker, Sash And Bead Penetration Illusion, Simplex Wild Card, Simplex Blank Paper To $1000, Ultra Poker Deal and Unirope.
Author and publisher of: The Magic of John Fedko, How to Make a Card Castle, Joe Cossari's Card Act, Magic Treasures.
Born Henry Nicholas Fetsch
Inventor of Mental Epic (1954), and various rope magic effects, including "Quad Ropelets,(1955)" the pre-cursor of The Professor's Nightmare. Also invented Symbologic, Wallet Wallop, Silk Epic (1951), Visible 20th Century (1952), and Rope Epic(1943).
Wrote: Miniature Card Magic (1943), Milk Pitcher Magic(1946), Magic at your Fingertips (with Milbourne Christopher) (1947), Rope Sessions with Hen Fetsch (1954), Quad Ropelets (1955) , Chinatown Quarter Magic (1955) , The Five O' Fetsch (1956), Magic With Canes (1960)
Born in Brno, Czechoslovakia, Fiedler's creations include Gozinta Boxes, the Dental Dam trick, Red Hot Wire and many more. So far he has created five successful effects for Tenyo with more in the pipeline. His most recent Tenyo creation is Blue Crystal. Lubor Fiedler resides in Spittal, Austria.
His inventions also include: Parabox (1993), Invisible Zone (1995), Krazy Keys (1996), Impossible Pen (1997), Antigravity Rock (1998), Phantom Clock (1999), Blue Crystal (2000), Gozinta Boxes, Lubor's Lens, Royal Fantasy, and many more.
Inventor of Invisible Deck, Zodiac Card Miracle, Relaxation Double Turnover and many other tricks and sleights. American mentalist (with partner George Martz), card handling expert, former Coney Island sideshow magician. Also invented a two-man code that bears his name.
Born Ottokar Fischer Marteau, he started magic in Vienna at the age of 10. Gave his first puiblic performance at age 18. Starting in 1898 he appeared regularly at the Kratky Baschik theatre in Vienna, a magic theatre with nearly 1000 seats. For 12 years he performed daily with a two and a half-hour show of magic. After the First World War he no longer performed publicly and dedicated his life to the history of magic, in particular to the life of Austrian and European magicians. He wrote The Miracle Book of Magic (1929) and J. N. Hofzinser's Card Conjuring - Kartenkünste (1910), and Illustrated Magic - Zauberkünste (1942).
(1890 - 1940)
Caryl Stacy Fleming was born Oct 13, 1890 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Caryl worked as an actor, director, writer and amateur magician in New York and later in Los Angeles. His interest in magic never waned and as a result, in the spring of 1938, he helped charter a new magic club of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, christened "Hollywood RING 21."As fate would have it, at age 49, Caryl Fleming died on September 2, 1940 in Los Angeles while performing a card trick...just one month shy of his 50th birthday.
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Born Augustus Gerald Fowler, he learned magic at the age of 18. When he was 21 years old, J.N. Maskelyne became his mentor. After one year working with Maskelyne at St.George's Hall in London, he began the act known as Gus Fowler the Watch King. Gus Fowler manipulated with clocks with ease as other magicians manipulated coins or cards. He produced clocks, let them disappear and fly around, and ended with the production of 30 ringing bells from a hat.
Furst began his professional magic act in 1939 and toured the globe with the USO during World War II, always traveling noticeably with his white rabbit, Oscar. After the war, he worked in vaudeville and had a nightclub act combining magic and hypnotism.
Furst was best known to magicians as the inventor of the classic "Fresh Fish" paper tear where a strip of paper with the words "Fresh Fish Sold Here Today" is torn into pieces using a comical presentation and then restored. His biggest success however, came in the field of Hypnotism where he wrote a number of very successful books about using hypnosis for therapy.
Also invented: The Arnold Furst Blendo, The Arnold Furst Sympathetic Silks Routine, Card Stabbing Under Newspaper, Chosen, Card Impaled on Dinner Knife, Impromptu Version of The Zena Card Trick.
The magic books he wrote include: Famous Magicians of the World (1957), Magic for Monsters (aka Kid Stuff 6 1960), Mightier Than The Bullet (1961), Great Magic Shows (1968), How to Get Publicity in Newspaper ... and Other Media (1975), Lecture Notes of Shigeo Takagi.
Wrote more than sixty books on magic, among them Routined Manipulation (three volumes, 1951-54), Dai Vernon's Symphony of the Rings, The Dai Vernon Book of Magic (1957), Cy Endfield's Entertaining Card Magic (1959), The Magic of Slydini, Magic with Faucett Ross,The Art of Close-up Magic (1972), and The Ganson Book (1982). Co-published The Gen with Harry Stanley from 1945 until 1970.
(1914 - 2010)
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he began learning magic about the age of ten from his father's papers-on-knife trick. Later he learned from local Tulsa magicians, including Roy "Wabash" Hughes, Logan Waite, and Roger Montandon. He took the original Tarbell Course in magic. He lived in Chicago for 20 years, taking a BA in philosophy and meeting the magic inner circle of Dorny, Marlo, and Platt, among others. In 1947, he moved to New York City, associating with the inner circle of Vernon, Daley, Curry and others. About 1980, he moved to Hendersonville, North Carolina where he spent the remaining years of his life.
Invented Lie Speller (c1935).
Wrote: Martin Gardner's Table Magic, Encyclopedia
of Impromptu Magic, 12 Tricks with a Borrowed
Deck, After the Dessert, Die of Another
Color, Martin Gardner Presents, Mathematics,
Magic, and Mystery, Mental Magic: Surefire
Tricks to Amaze Your Friends, and many more books of
a mathematical, scientific or puzzle nature.
(1878 - 1960)
Germain, Karl (born Charles Mattmueller), began working with magic at the age of 8 years. Between 14 and 16 he learned muscle vintages, which he demonstrated however only with private appearances. At the age of 18 he began working the Lyceum Circuit as a professional magician, and demonstrated a mind reading program with his sister, Ida, as a medium. In 1906 he traveled to London, where he came to know and work with David Devant and John Neville Maskelyne.
Germain presented stage magic like the Visible Flower Growth; large illusions including levitations, appearances, and transpositions; mysterious spirit effects; and very clever mentalism. It was said that he could fool expert magicians with his close-up magic.
Invented: A Silk to Egg variation, The Expanding Card, a Visible Servante, The Mystery of Malabar, Dove to Candy, The Wizard Gardener, Witch's Hat Production., The Flower Growth, The Giant Silken Butterfly Production, The Cabinet of Cagliostro, Rabbit to Candy Tray, Magical Mocha, Tip-Up Tabletop, Bride of the Nile Illusion. The Dancing Table, The Mysterious Water Faucet, The Monkey's Paw, and many more.
(1942 - )
Magic author and inventor, performed as "Victor the Magician" from 1952 to 1964, founder of the original Wiz Kids, Inc. in 1980; co-founder of The Magic Nook with Phineas Spellbinder (Victor Grimes) in 2003. Inventor of many magic tricks and illusions including Surprise Loading Table (1957), The Utility Cabinet (1962) - a variation of Edmund Spreer's "Little Stinkhouse", Bouncy Ball & Bag (1963), The O.O.P.S! Machine (burnt shoe trick - 1975), Simplex Production Frame (1970), Solo Production Frame (1980), Die-A-Bolical, The Litter Vanish (with Frederick Goode), Clown Camera (1976), Clown Puppet Box (1977), Oracle Box (1989), Paper Blendo (2006), Parallel Universe, Eisenheim's Ghost, Astro-Box (2012), Candy Tub Phone (2013), New Potato/Orange Box (2013), Houdini Coin Vanish(2013), Death and Taxes (2013), Live Long and Prosper (2013), Tarot Card Affinity (2013), Tarot Transposition (2013), Smokin' Spirit Message (2013), O.I.C.U. 1/2 E.S.P. (2013), Push-Me-Pull-You Silk Cage (2014), Die Box Combination (1964-2014 ), Flip-Over Drawer Box (2014), Pop-Open Drawer Box (2014), Clown Bus (2014), Double Tube Silk Cabby (2014) , The Candy Bucket (2014), The Impuzzleble Box(2014), The Impuzzleble Tray(2014), C-Board (1995), Spirit Envelope (2008), 4C Box (1987-2015), and many others.
Published and wrote for Oracle Quarterly from 1964 - 1999. Author of PVC Pipe Illusions for the REALLY, REALLY Cheap Illusionist! and contributed many articles to Genii Magazine and The Wizards' Journals. Also wrote Hardboard & Duct Tape Magic Show (2007), and Kid Show Magic.
Gibson, already interested in magic as a child, joined the Society of American Magicians at the age of 22. He knew a great many celebrated magicians personally,such as Thurston, Houdini, Blackstone, Dunninger, and Kreskin for whom he worked as a Ghost writer. He also wrote: The Complete Illustrated Book of Card Magic (1969), Popular Card Tricks (1972), Secrets of Magic (1973), New Magician's Manual (1975), The Book of Magic (1978), Walter Gibson's Big Book of Magic (1980), The Complete Illustrated Book of Divination and Prophecy.
More than just a magic writer, Gibson authored hundreds of other types of books and novels, including "The Shadow" (both in book form and in comic book form), novellettes about "Norgil the Magician," true crime stores for mystery and detective magazines.
Invented: Thumb Cuffs,
In 1971 The Academy of Magical Arts awarded Walter a Literary Fellowship. In 1979 he was awarded the Masters Fellowship.
David Ginn (pronounced like the last part of the word be-gin, not the alcoholic drink!) became interested in magic about the age of eleven. David is more of an innovator than an inventor, although he does have some original magic inventions. Most of his many books on performing magic for children show professional magicians how to take standard commercial magic store tricks, combine them, rethink them, routine them and get a lot more mileage from them than even the original inventor of the props dared to imagine.
Wrote: Colorful Magic (1969), Strictly Visuals (1970), The Snake Can Book (1970), Magic with Fantasio's Canes and Candles No. 1 (1971), The Quick-Change Silk (1971), Magic That Moves Me (1971), The Magic 13 (1972), New Dove Magic (1972), Fantasio's Cane and Candle Book No.2 (1973), Strictly Visuals Two (1973), Close-Up A-Ginn (1974), Comedy Cut & Restored Neckerchief (1974), Comedy Linking Rings (July, 1974), Comedy Card on Back (1974), Comedy Warm-Ups for Children's Shows (1975), 33 Easy Magic Tricks (1975), Comedy Lunch Box (1975), Bringing Home the Laughs (1976), Professional Magic for Children (1976), Starting in Magic (1976), Matchbox Delights (1977), David Ginn's Little Black Book (1977),Creative Kid-Talk (with Sammy Smith and Steve Taylor), New Dove Magic, Children Laugh Louder (1978), Clown Magic, Comedy Card on Back, Comedy Linking Rings, Comedy Magic Textbook, Magic and Monsters for Kids I Love (1984), and many more...
Informative Web site: http://www.ginnmagic.com/
This Polish-born world-famous illusionist (real name Hyman Goldstein) was noted for his lightning-fast style. He is credited with inventing his own version of the Sawing a Woman In Two Illusion and the Buzz Saw illusion. In Goldin's "Sawing", the head, hands, and feet of his assistant were in full view throughout the operation. Later Goldin discarded the covering box, and, using a power-driven saw, performed the sawing-through and restoration in full view.
By Royal Command he played four times before King Edward VII of England, earning the name "Royal Illusionist." Goldin also appeared before the Kings of Saxony, Portugal, Sweden and Siam, and Presidents Harding and Wilson.
Invented: Mystic Papyrus Papers, the Canon Illusion (with Walter Jeans)
His autobiography is It's Fun To Be Fooled (1937).
(1997 - )
Stage name of Frederick Goode's son, who by the age of six had already invented and published his first trick "I Scry" (2003) in his grandfather's (Phineas Spellbinder) Wizards' Journal #1. Since then he has contributed many tricks to The Wizards' Journals. His first book of paper magic Tear-Able Magic was published in 2005. His second book, Hat Rings, was begun in 2007 and is currently still being written. He is a member of The Wiz Kids, Inc. and continues to perform, invent and publish magic effects for his group and on his own. He changed his stage name to Ee-Gee-Fiki in 2012 in order to compete with his cousin. His little sister, Wilhelmina Goodenough, has her eye on big brother and intends to compete with him. His cousin is Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki. Most notable effects so far: Every Century Silks , The Ultimate Newspaper Tear (which includes his Tuck-it invention), Step On It (Put), and Pop-Over Silk Dye, Pop Out Hamburger, Cauldron Capers, T-Shirt Magic, Pop Corn Popper Torn and Restored Napkin Prediction, and more. New principles: Dimensional Projection (Street Bike).
Informative Web site: http://www.wizkidzinc.com/Eleazar/eleazar.htm
(2001 - )
Stage name of Frederick Goode's daughter and Eleazar's sister, who has just (2010) blossomed forth as a creative and inventive magician by transforming James Lucien's Skeleton in the Closet into her own Santa Blocks Effect, published in her grandfather's (Phineas Spellbinder) Wizards' Journal #19. She is not a one trick pony, but has other effects published in the same Journal and in others. Her big brother is Wiz Kid Eleazar Goodenough (aka Ee-Gee-Fiki). Her cousin is Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki. Inventions so far include: Appearing faces on Santa Blocks, A Vanishing Block Gift Box, and a Magic Santa's Sack effect all in 2010. Also invented: Mesh Bag Magnetic Fake-Out (2010) , Jack-O-Candle (2010), Witch Hank (2010), Easter Egg Jelly Bean Surprise!(2011), Magic Jacks (2011), Yankee Hanky (2011), Back Loading Cape (2011), Teddy Bear Houdini (2011) Piggy (2011), W.G. Double Looped Coin Gimmick (2011), Transparent Dye Tube (2011), Magnetic Wedge Gimmick (2011), Silk Snatcher (2011).
She now has her own page on The Wiz Kids Web Site: http://wizkidzinc.com/Wilhelmina/Wilhelmina-Fans.htm
One of the best close-up magicians, a test case for perfect timing and misdirection was Goshman's routine with coins moving under a salt and pepper shaker. Best known for his work with sponge balls and his manufactured sponge products.
Wrote: Magic by Gosh
|Gravatt, Glenn G.
Glenn Gravatt became interested in magic as a child growing up in Kansas. At the age of 8 years he was already demonstrating magic for his friends and family. From Kansas, he went to California, where he worked as a newspaper reporter. He wrote " Encyclopedia of Self Working Card Tricks" (2 volumes, 1936 and 1937; later published under the byline of Jean Hugard under the title " Encyclopedia of Card Tricks." In writing the "Jap Box Tricks" in 1937, Gravatt effectively named this box for all time.
Invented: Extratour, Rope Appear, Visible Silk on Rope Appearance, Flying Silk and Ropes, Visible Rope and Ring Penetration, Rope-Silk-Bracelet Combination, Coat-Rope-Rings, No Clue Divination (1977),Five Cube Divination (1977), Psychic Spot (1976), Thimble Fantasy (1960), Card and Dagger (1956), Spooky Paper (1945), Multiple Match (1956), Magical Horse Race (1956), Percepo (1960), Close-up Cup Suspension (1958), The Antique Medallion, Color Ring Transpo, The Mystery of the Seven Veils, Super Penetration, Tube to Cigarettes, Color Riddle, 20th Century in Reverse, Ideal Solid Thru Solid, Dual Silk Production, Kondax (1921).
Compiled: Thayer Quality Magic Volumes 1-4 (1978-1981), Encyclopedia of Self-Working Card Tricks (1936-37)
Wrote: 50 Modern Card Tricks, 50 More Modern Card Tricks, Gold Mine of Magic, Jap Box Tricks (1937)
Leslie P. Guest was a magician, shadowgraphist and one time associate editor of "The Linking Ring", past president of the Society of American Magicians, and an editor of MUM.
(? - ?)
American magician who uses his real name. Inventor and magic manufacturer, specializing in trick coins. Invented (and holds patents for) Cigarette Thru Quarter and Copper, Silver, Brass.
One of the superstars of American magic, Jack (born Joseph McCloud Gwynne*) was the illusionist who created the Temple of Benares illusion as a variation of Culpitt's Doll House illusion. Jack often had to make his own props because the nearest magic dealer was 300 miles from where he lived. He also made props for other magicians, including Houdini and Thurston.
He also invented the Flipover Box, Atomic Dove Vanish, Box-Tray and Screen.
After World War I, during which Jack often entertained the troops overseas, he developed his own full evening show with several new illusions, with which he toured until 1951. Jack also rose to prominence as a magician on the new technology of television.
Video Footage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sh6lIp3Fpzk
* April, 2007. Research on his real name was communicated by Joan Gwynne Tallman, his neice. It had previously been mistakenly recorded on other Internet sources as McGwynne.
(1880 - 1938)
Born in Toledo, Ohio, Robert H. Gysel started out to be a pharmacist, but quit after two years in school to become a professional "medium" by 1901. He often performed under the name Joseph Johnson. He gradually began debunking other fraudulent mediums and in 1920, joined with Houdini in his campaign to debunk all psychics.
He wrote articles for the magic magazines Sphinx and Genii, and his Spirit Tie method was published in Tarbell's Course in Magic, Volume 6.
Invented: Gysel Spirit Tie, The Gysel Slate, Gysel's Mysterious Lights, Gysel's Phanta Graphics Gimmick, Spirit Photo, Magnetic Coin Spinner, Rolling Golf Ball.
Wrote: Hypnotizing Wild and Domestic Animals, Picks and Padlocks (1936), Psychic Fakery No. 1, 2 and 3 (c.1935).
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