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John Northern Hilliard

John Northern Hilliard

(Palmyra, New York: 18th August 1872 - 14th March 1935)

Reporter to amateur magician to advance man for Howard Thurston (by 1929). Invented the large ring in 1897 and the Telephone Trick in 1905. Ghosted T. Nelson Downs' The Art of Magic (1909, 334pp), wrote Greater Magic (1938, 993pp; reprinted 1956 in 5 vols as The Greater Magic Library; the card section being reprinted as Card Magic, 1944, 580pp), both classics, and 1 booklet. Also wrote Leaves from My Notebook (1935, 47pp). Note that at 993pp, Greater Magic is the largest magic book published. Tricks in Magic (1905). Coined the term "finger-flinger".

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Leaves From My Notebook by John Northern HilliardThis is a compilation of Hilliard's contributions to Floyd Thayer's magazine The Magical Bulletin.
A few sporadic contributions to magical journals here and abroad followed The Art of Magic. The most important of these stray papers was the first account, in The Sphinx, of a thought-reading card trick of my own invention that has since enjoyed considerable popularity. I refer to the experiment commonly known as "The Telephone Trick." No one was more surprised than myself at the immediate and widespread popularity of this trick. That its success was not ephemeral, I judge from the fact that Mr. Thayer still keeps it in stock, and that many writers,...
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