Albo 10 – History And Mystery Of Magic by Robert J. Albo

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The Tenth of the Dr. Albo Books limited to 500 copies.

Details: This is departure from the typical Albo book in that nearly 200 of the 444 total pages are dedicated to history rather than apparatus. The history chapter includes the following sections:

  • Annals of the Priests, Magi, Jugglers, and Sorcerers – 2000 BC to 500 BC
  • The Ancient Art of Magic 500 BC-500 AD
  • World History – 476 A.D-1500 A.D.
  • The Father of Modern Day Magic – 1400-1700
  • Believe in Magic – 1600-1900
  • Now and Then – 1900-1950
  • Back into the Future – 1950-2050

Chapter 2, New-Old Magic, has an assortment of apparatus including “miracle Frame”, “Pigeon Transposition”, “Himber Pail”, and more. Chapter 3 is dedicated to French Magic Set by Jacques Voignier. Chapter 4 is an article on “The Writing of Wizards, 18 Milestones in the Literature of Magic” by Byron Walker. Chapter 5 is all about the “Micro Magic of Eddy Taytelbaum” by Gene Gonzalez. Finally, the last chapter covers Unusual and Stock Magic Posters” by Dom DiMento. There are 42 full color pages dedicated to magic posters and 57 color pages dedicated apparatus and magic sets.

Introduction XIII
Foreword XV

CHAPTER ONE: WIZARDS, WONDERS AND THE WORLD OF MAGIC

Section 1: Annals of the Priests. Magi, Jugglers and Sorcerers (Page 3-23)

  • History: 2000 BC to 500 BC
  • Epigraph: Priest in front of temple
  • Timmy in magic store with Professor Martinka
  • Street magicians-2 tricks:
  • Cups and Balls
  • Mango Tree
  • Priest outside of temple
  • Dove trick
  • Water to Wine
  • Dedi in Cheops the Pharoah’s Court
  • Emperor of China Court
  • Linking Rings, Paper Tear
  • Timmy learns first trick-Cups and Balls
  • Nomenclature in Magic

Section 2: The Ancient Art of Magic (Page 24-40)

  • History: 500BC to 500AD; includes Roman
  • Empire and Bible
  • Timmy performs Cups and Balls
  • Dark Ages
  • Water Spouters
  • Trained animals
  • Banks and Marocco, the learned horse
  • Magic literature and books
  • Magic tricks:
  • Wondrous Barrel
  • Decapitation trick
  • Professor teaches Timmy Hiccius Doctius (Bonus Genius)
  • Automata in Magic (see color section-John Gaughan and David Baldwin)

Section 3: (Page 41-56)

  • Magic from Christ to the Dark Ages
  • History: 476 AD to 1500
  • Dark Ages, Witchcraft and burning of witches at stakes
  • Epigraph: The woman is a witch
  • Timmy performs Hiccius Doctius
  • Isaac Fawkes and his show and Christopher Pinchbeck
  • Egg Bag Trick
  • Cagliostro the charlatan
  • Pinetti show with second-sight
  • Read Memoirs of Robert-Houdin
  • Cards
  • Ventriloquism

Section 4: The Father of Modern-Day Magic (Page 57-86)

  • History: 1400-1700
  • Epigraph: Timmy is unsuccessful with performance of Egg Bag
  • Memoirs of Robert-Houdin
  • Professor gives review of Robert-Houdin
  • Memoirs
  • Torrini (deGrisy) show
  • Robert-Houdin show
  • Hofzinser show
  • History of late 18th and early 19th century
  • Herrmann Family
  • History of Harry Kellar
  • Shadowgraphy
  • The Art of Magic

Section 5: Believe in Magic (Page 87-109)

  • History: 1600-1900
  • Epigraph: Robert-Houdin “actor playing part of a magician”
  • Timmy does his version of egg bag
  • Okito show
  • Soy Ling Kee (Okito’s wife Lily)
  • List of magicians:
  • Jonathan Harrington
  • Isaiah Harris Hughes
  • Michael Joseph Hartz
  • John W. Wyman, Jr.
  • Charles Andress
  • Spiritualism
  • Egyptian Hall-St. Georges Hall
  • John Nevil Maskelyne
  • Buatier DeKolta show
  • Maskelyne soup plate spinning
  • David Devant
  • Buatier DeKolta expanding die
  • Kratky-Baschik Theater
  • The Linking Rings Trick explained
  • Magic Posters (Dorn DiMento, Mario Carrandi and Norm Nielsen)
  • Second-Sight
  • Puppets and Marionettes
  • Quick Change

Section 6: Now and Then (Page 110-152)

  • History: 1900-1950
  • Epigraph: Death of Alexander Herrmann
  • Timmy presents the Linking Rings
  • Maskelyne Family
  • John Nevil Maskelyne
  • Bamberg Family History
  • David Bamberg Show
  • LeGrand David Show
  • Section on magic shops:
  • England, France, Germany, Austria, /Xmerica
  • Professor Hoffmann
  • Magic Clubs
  • List of Magicians:
  • Chevalier Thorn
  • David Devant
  • Valadon
  • Colonel Stodare
  • The Great Lafayette
  • Charles Bertram
  • The Great Raymond
  • T. Nelson Downs
  • P.T. Selbit
  • Charles Morritt
  • Howard Thurston
  • Horace Goldin
  • Charles Joseph Carter
  • Kellar Show
  • Triple Alliance
  • LeRoy Show
  • Miser’s dream and coin ladder
  • Talma Show
  • Duck Vanish
  • Pepper’s Ghost
  • The Sphinx
  • Albini the Great
  • Carl Rosini
  • Chefalo
  • Nate Leipzig
  • Max Malini
  • Richard Cardini
  • Clement deLion
  • Chung Ling Soo
  • Professor shows Timmy the coin in the nest of boxes
  • Chapeaugraphy
  • Black art
  • Hypnotism

Section 7: Back into the Future (Page 153-191)

  • History: 1950-2050
  • Epigraph: Houdini upside-down 50 feet above the street in a strait-jacket
  • Timmy performs Coin in nest of boxes
  • Harry Houdini
  • Harry Blackstone
  • Blackstone Show
  • Dante
  • Dai Vernon
  • Doug Henning
  • David Copperfield
  • Lance Burton
  • Lance Burton Show
  • Ricky Jay and his show’
  • Pendragons
  • Penn and Teller
  • Jeff McBride
  • Builders and Innovators
  • Erik Weisz (Houdini)
  • Milbourne Christopher
  • John Mullholland
  • Channing PoDock
  • Silvan
  • Princess Tenko
  • Albini the Great
  • The Great Levante
  • Professor Samri Baldwin
  • John Calvert
  • Joseph Dunninger
  • Chefalo
  • Nicola
  • Blackstone Jr.
  • Dante
  • Magiciennes
  • Mystere show
  • Timmy wakes up in his room
  • References (Page 192-196)

CHAPTER TWO (Page 197-244) NEW-OLD MAGIC

  • Loop The Loop (Table Model)
  • The Marvelous Silk Transposition
  • Brema’s Rice Bowls
  • Production of a Bowl of Flowers
  • Penetration of Matter
  • Morison Egg and Ball Transposition Vase
  • Cake in the Hat
  • Pigeon Transposition From Cage to Cage
  • Candle Tube
  • Color Changing Parasol
  • Orange and Bottle Transposition
  • Himber Pail
  • Signed Card in the Wallet
  • Oriental Cups and Balls
  • Conradi’s Magic Cubes
  • Maldo’s Likorcheif
  • Penetrix Card
  • Body Servante
  • Fakir Sword Trick
  • Pigeon Catch
  • Domino Box (Glove Box)
  • Miracle Frame
  • Further Information on the Duck Vanish
  • McCullough’s Mighty Miracle Pitcher (Foo Can, Lota Bowl)
  • Mignon
  • Himber’s Barrell Trick (Kuma Tubes)

CHAPTER THREE (Page 245-270)

  • French Magic sets by Jacques Voignier

CHAPTER FOUR (Page 271-276)

  • The Writings of the Wizards. 18 Milestones in the Literature of Magic (English language.) by Byron Walker

CHAPTER FIVE (Page 277-322)

  • The Micro Magic of Eddy Taytelbaum by Gene Gonzalez

CHAPTER SIX (Page 323-329)

  • Unusual and Stock Magic Posters by Dom DiMento

COLOR SECTION (Page 330-442)

  • A Fortunate Encounter Norm Nielsen

FINAL WORD (Page 443-444)

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