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Floyd Gerald Thayer

(Jacksonville, Vermont: 18th July 1877 - 29th July 1959)

Inspired by and learned around age 8 when bought a box of tricks. Brought by father in 1891 to Pasadena, California, where he began doing semi-pro club shows as "Gerald". Pro dealer-prop maker in southern California as, successively, The Magic Shop of the West 1902-12, Thayer & Christianer 1912-16, F.G. Thayer 1916-1917, Thayer Studio of Magic 1917, Thayer Manufacturing Company 1917-1933 when sold to the Owen brothers, and Thayer Magic Studio in Hollywood 1933-1942 when sold to Bill Larsen and retired. IBM member #248 (1923). SAM Hall of Fame.

Wrote several booklets. Bio is included in Richard Buffum, Keep the wheels turning... (1977) and Les & Gertrude Smith, Keep the wheels turning..., V.2 (1992, 372pp). See Glenn Gravatt, Thayer Quality Magic (4 vols).

Coauthors: Louis F. Christianer

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Magical Bulletin all 13 Volumes (1914 - 1948) by Louis F. Christianer & Floyd Gerald Thayer
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Magical Bulletin Volume 12 (November 1924 - May 1925) by Floyd Gerald Thayer
  1. The Magical Bulletin - Volume 12, Number 1 - November, 1924 - 16 pages
  2. Contents
  3. A Chat with You - and notes
  4. Statement of Ownership
  5. Literature
    • The Sphinx - October
    • The Magician - August
    • The Linking Ring - October
    • Magic of the Depots - 1924 - Harry Leat
    • The Magical Monthly - Vol. 2 No. 1
    • Peppy Picture Stunts - Harry C. Bjorklund
  6. The Box of "Choy Fong" - G. C. Bowen
  7. Magical Moments - George F. Schulte
  8. For the Benefit of the Poor - Prof. Lipka
  9. News of The Los Angeles Society of Magicians - G. E. Baxter
  10. Francis J. Martinka
  11. The Cards Change Color - T. Page Wright ...
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Magical Bulletin Volume 11 (November 1923 - October 1924) by Floyd Gerald Thayer
  1. The Magical Bulletin - Volume 11, Number 1 - November, 1923 - 16 pages
  2. Contents
  3. Magical Clubs Directory
  4. Editorial and notes
  5. Statement of Ownership
  6. Reviews
    • The Sphinx - October
    • The Magic World - September
    • The Magic Wand - October-November
    • The Magician - July
  7. News and Notes
  8. More Magic by Christianer
    • The Reversed Card
  9. Another Version of Wine and Water Trick - Walter H. Mack
  10. Nate Leipzig at [Los Angeles] Magicians Club Dazzles with Clever Card Feats - A. H. Shirk
  11. Another "Die Through Handkerchief" Effect - C. H. Tickell
  12. "B. D." Magical Millinery - Bert Douglas
  13. Magical...
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Magical Bulletin Volume 10 (June 1922 - October 1923) by Floyd Gerald Thayer
  1. The Magical Bulletin – Volume 10, Number 1 – June, 1922 – 16 pages
  2. Visit from Film Land
  3. Magical Clubs Directory
  4. Editorial and notes
  5. Los Angeles Magicians’ Challenge to Sir A. Conan Doyle
  6. magic note re: Elsie Janis and her “Gang” (incl. Dorney)
  7. magic note re: Southern California Edison Company
  8. Magical Mirth – C. H. Tickell
  9. ”Laugh Lines in Ledgerdemain” – George Schulte
  10. The Siamese Matrimonial Bands – A. F. Bowen
  11. The Coffee Cups – Oscar Brown
  12. The Los Angeles Society of Magicians – T. W. McGrath
  13. Challenge Box, Rod and Ring Mystery – Patter - Herbert M....
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Magical Bulletin Volume 9 (January 1921 - May 1922) by Floyd Gerald Thayer
  1. The Magical Bulletin - Volume 9, Number 1 - January, 1921 - 16 pages
  2. cover photo - A. H. Shirk
  3. Editorial and notes
  4. cover photo article - A. H. Shirk
  5. A Tribute - to Trewey - Harry Kellar
  6. Trewey - poem - Adam Hull Shirk
  7. Literature
    • The Sphinx - December
    • The Magic Wand - December
    • Felsman's Magical Review - December
    • Hutchinson's Chronicle - December
    • The Magic World - December
    • The Astrological Bulletin
    • The Magic Art - Donald Holmes
  8. magic note re: E. F. Rybolt
  9. Magician Bell Chased by South Sea Cannibals - David Bell
  10. Magical Dreams of Tomorrow - Adam Hull Shirk ...
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Magical Bulletin Volume 8 (1920) by Floyd Gerald Thayer
  1. The Magical Bulletin - Volume 8, Number 1 - January, 1920 - 16 pages
  2. cover photo - H. Kellar & F. Trewey
  3. Editorial
  4. cover photo article - Two Deans of Prestidigitation - Adam Hull Shirk
  5. note re: Edward H. Philbrook
  6. Conquering a Handicap - Preston Langley Hickey
  7. The Menace of Exposure - Edward H. Philbrook
  8. Literature
    • The Sphinx - December
    • The Magic Wand - December
    • Felsman's Magical Review - third issue
    • Maddock's Magic Searchlight - December
    • Revelations
    • Passez Muscade (France)
    • Wilford Hutchinson's Conjurers' Chronicle
    • Billboard
  9. Hoffmann's "Concentration...
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Magical Bulletin Volume 7 (1919) by Floyd Gerald Thayer
  1. Magical Bulletin - Volume VII, Number 1 - January, 1919 - 12 pages
  2. A Series of Essays on Magic Culture - A Series - Oscar S. Teale
    • Magic - Then and Now
  3. Editorial
  4. A thimble Move - Geo. W. Catlin
  5. Old Tricks in New Clothes - T. J. Crawford
    • The Cigarette Papers
  6. Penetrative Coin - Charles C. Arras
  7. magic notes
  8. Magicians Patter (Contributed)
    • "A Mirror Casket, Die and Flag Combination" _ Frederick F. Furman
  9. Patter Tips By De Lawrence
  10. Literature
    • The Sphinx - December
    • The Magic World - December
    • The Billboard
    • Holmes' Magical Notes and Comments...
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Magical Bulletin Volume 6 (1918) by Floyd Gerald Thayer
  1. Magical Bulletin - Volume VI, Number 1 - January, 1918 - 12 pages
  2. cover photo/article - Thayer's New Magical Palace - A Corner of the Display Room
  3. Editorial
  4. News and Notes
  5. Grand Magic Festival - Los Angeles Magicians' Club and Opening of Thayer's Magical Palace
  6. An Easy Card Force - Maxwell Chamberlin
  7. Paper Finger Manipulation - Kenneth Still
  8. An Experiment in So-Called Psychromotism - Alexander
  9. The Pipes of Japan - G. C. Bowen
  10. Literature
    • Holmes' Magical Notes - December
    • The Sphinx - December
    • Eagle Magician - December
    • The M.U.M.
    • Magicians in Minneapolis private publication...
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Magical Bulletin Volume 5 (1917) by Floyd Gerald Thayer
  1. Magical Bulletin - Volume V, Number 1 - January, 1917 - 7 pages
  2. The Burned and Restored Turban - Chicago Magic Co. - advertising
  3. cover photo/article - Prof. Harry Cooke
  4. Editorial
  5. A Lemon Trick - The Great Alexander
  6. Good Chosen Card Stunt - Sam Bennett
  7. More Magic by Christianer
    • The Conjuror's Touch
  8. Publicus Curiositas - G. F. Schulte
  9. News and Notes
  10. Literature
    • Talks for Tricks - G. F. Schulte
    • Pictorial Review - January
    • The Sphinx - December
    • The Magic Wand - October & November
    • The Eagle Magician - December
    • The Breeze - weekly - E. E. Meredith
  11. Chats...
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Magical Bulletin Volume 4 (1916) by Floyd Gerald Thayer
  1. Magical Bulletin - Volume IV, Number 1 - January, 1916 - 6 pages
  2. Quality First Magic - Chicago Magic Co. - advertising
  3. cover photo/article - S. S. Henry
  4. Editorial
  5. The Balanced Coin - De Vega
  6. The Top Card - Sam Bennett
  7. magical notes
  8. More Magic by Christianer
    • The Paper Napkin and Ring
  9. The Stabbed Card - Marco
  10. News and Notes
  11. The Old Linking Rings - T. J. Crawford
  12. An Improvement - re: Twentieth Century Handkerchief Trick - E. E. Duryee
  13. magical notes

  1. Magical Bulletin - Volume IV, Number 2 - February, 1916 - 6 pages
  2. The Psychic Ball - Chicago Magic Co. - advertising ...
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Magical Bulletin Volume 3 (1915) by Floyd Gerald Thayer
  1. Magical Bulletin - Volume III, Number 1 - January, 1915 - 4 pages
  2. Magical Notes
  3. Editorial
  4. Shop Notes
  5. limerick
  6. How I Work the Dyeing Tube - P. B. DesRochers (Mysti)
  7. The Mystic Fluid
  8. A Coin Move
  9. The Little Wanderer - Frank Holmes
  10. Comedy Glove Opening

  1. Magical Bulletin - Volume III, Number 2 - February, 1915 - 4 pages
  2. Magical Notes
  3. Editorial
  4. The Pacific Coast Society of Magicians - H. Syril Dusenbery
  5. more magical notes
  6. Sense of Touch
  7. Shop Notes
  8. The Hindoo Turban Trick
  9. A New Color Change - H. Syril Dusenbery

  1. Magical Bulletin - Volume III, Number 3 - March, 1915 -...
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Magical Bulletin Volume 2 (July - December 1914) by Floyd Gerald Thayer
  1. Magical Bulletin - Volume II, Number 1 - July, 1914 - 4 pages
  2. Magical Notes
  3. Editorials
  4. My First Magic Table
  5. more magical notes
  6. An Improvement - Christianer

  1. Magical Bulletin - Volume II, Number 2 - August, 1914 - 4 pages
  2. Magical Notes
  3. Editorials
  4. A Simple Fire Flash
  5. Handy Thumb Screw Fastener
  6. Hat and Cane - Marco
  7. Some Fifty Dent Gems of Woodcraft - advertising
  8. Another Sample of Satisfaction - The Great Alexander
  9. The Knocker - poem - F.G.T.
  10. more magical notes

  1. Magical Bulletin - Volume II, Number 3 - September, 1914 - 4 pages
  2. Magical Notes
  3. Editorials
  4. Pacific Coast...
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Louis F. Christianer & Floyd Gerald Thayer

Magical Bulletin Volume 1 (January - June 1914) by Louis F. Christianer & Floyd Gerald Thayer
  1. Magical Bulletin - Volume I, Number 1 - January, 1914 - 4 pages
  2. Magical Notes
  3. Editorials
  4. A Good Card Gag
  5. Suggestions
  6. A Billet Test
  7. Mystic Bran and Ring
  8. Acknowledgements - Thayer & Christianer

  1. Magical Bulletin - Volume I, Number 2 - February, 1914 - 4 pages
  2. Magical Notes
  3. Editorials
  4. The "Perfecto" Black Art Table - H. Syril Dusenbery
  5. Notice
  6. Wanted
  7. For Sale
  8. The Changing Bag
  9. Card, Orange and Dove

  1. Magical Bulletin - Volume I, Number 3 - March, 1914 - 4 pages
  2. Magical Notes
  3. Editorials
  4. Thanks For This
  5. The Pacific Coast Society of Magicians - H. Syril Dusenbery
  6. A Tip...
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Dr. Q's Tarot Telepathy by Floyd Gerald ThayerFinally, a two-person mentalism act that doesn't use complicated codes, expensive electronics or stooges.

This is a godsend for the average mentalist, who may be wary of the time spent in training (and retraining) partners for the traditional two-person act. Tarot Telepathy transcends the code requirement, relying instead on the clever application of the "cradle-to-grave" type of psychological reading offered by the professional medium.

The performer, acts as the Medium, and is blindfolded and seated upon stage. His female assistant circulates among the audience, and randomly stands beside...

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Dr. Q's Simplicity Mindreading Act by Floyd Gerald ThayerFrom the fertile mind of Dr. Q comes this fair and convincing 10-minute act of apparent mindreading. It looks so authentic that you may be tempted to claim genuine psychic powers.

Everything in this 10-minute act is explained in plain English, so even if you're new to performing pseudo-mindreading, you can present these tests and convince most any audience. Best yet, no hidden gimmicks, one-ahead, or secret assistants are used. No chemicals, secret preparations or "instant stooges," either. But still, believe it or not, your audience does most of the work for you.

If you travel frequently,...

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Dr. Q's Comedy Hypnotic Act by Floyd Gerald ThayerImagine being a stage hypnotist, being able to hypnotize a group of audience volunteers and presenting a hilariously funny performance. Well, now you can!

This system allows you to have instant control of a committee of audience volunteers on stage. By applying the information in this routine, you'll learn introductory tests to weed out the smart-alecks and keep the best subjects. Along the way, the hypnotic tests get funnier and funner.

The more antics that the group of volunteers performs, the more laughter is created. Your audience will be splitting their sides -- and you're in command...

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Thayer Catalog #8 by Floyd Gerald ThayerThis is a beautiful catalog with an introduction that includes photos of Thayer's residence. This catalog was published in 1936 and as the title page correctly states: "The Finest, Largest, And Most Comprehensive Compilation of Magical Goods Ever Published."

1st edition 1936; 311 pages.

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