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With Frances in Magicland by Frances Ireland

(c. 1952) (Submit Review) (Submit Update)

Details: Amusing anecdotes and great Kid Show Advice. This is the second book I’ve read by Frances Ireland (Marshall) written in 1952. It’s not as informative or detailed as her other one, You Don’t Have To Be Crazy, but it still makes for interesting, light reading.

It has many anecdotes of famous and not so famous magicians which help you relive the past golden years of magic. I don’t know if such things continue to happen as the magic community has been watered down over the last twenty years or so but I hope there are similar parallels today.

Of particular interest is the section on the Chicago Magic Bar scene which gives a glimpse into a world that I certainly have never experienced and would like to.

Also, there is a very helpful section on performing to kids. This section is certainly filled with the real meat and potatoes for performing to children and is worth checking out if you plan on performing to this difficult, but rewarding, age group.

Overall a worthwhile relaxing read, from one of the most wonderful ladies in Magic.

Contents:

Table created by DK

03 Strictly Personal
10 Okito, My Good Friend
22 The Fairy Tale Life of Marie Bamberg
28 Those Blessed Gamblers
38 Paging Mr. Cardini
43 Then and Now in the Magic Business
49 Jasonia
60 We Writers – “Amusing Bags of Wind”
65 Playing the Moppet Circuit
78 The Kid Show, How to Avoid Ulcers in the Playing of
89 Around Chicago with Frances
95 Cicero’s Celebrities – John Paul
101 Not the Best But the Biggest
109 The Royal Family of Magic
116 It Happened to …

Submitted by Dietrich Keller

  • Publisher: Ireland Magic Company
  • Pages: 133
  • Location: Chicago, IL, USA
  • Dimensions: 5″x8″
  • Date: 1952
  • Binding: softbound

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Approx. Price: $15.00 (2003) ***

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1 review for With Frances in Magicland by Frances Ireland

  1. Andy Martin

    Amusing anecdotes and great Kid Show Advice

    This is the second book I’ve read by Frances Ireland (Marshall) written in 1952. It’s not as informative or detailed as her other one, You Don’t Have To Be Crazy, but it still makes for interesting, light reading.

    It has many anecdotes of famous and not so famous magicians which help you relive the past golden years of magic. I don’t know if such things continue to happen as the magic community has been watered down over the last twenty years or so but I hope there are similar parallels today.

    Of particular interest is the section on the Chicago Magic Bar scene which gives a glimpse into a world that I certainly have never experienced and would like to.

    Also, there is a very helpful section on performing to kids. This section is certainly filled with the real meat and potatoes for performing to children and is worth checking out if you plan on performing to this difficult, but rewarding, age group.

    Overall a worthwhile relaxing read, from one of the most wonderful ladies in Magic.

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