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A Lifetime in Magic
by Percy Abbott


(1 review, 2 customer ratings) ★★★★

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A Lifetime in Magic by Percy Abbott

Written by a man who spent seventy-four years ... a lifetime in magic! A professional magician, a world traveler, author, inventor, founder of the world's largest magic company. Percy Abbott, the 'Caliph of Colon', and magic are synonymous. In this ebook you will discover stories, experiences, secrets and advice that only a lifetime in magic can offer. You will uncover facts about the greats that will amaze you. There is a fund of information on tricks and illusions new to present day magicians.


  • Dedication
  • Memories
  • Foreword
  • The Chrystal Lantern
  • Comedy Snake Basket
  • Lost In The Bush-Australia
  • Ventriloquism In Java
  • Clock Dial And Gambling
  • My Last Escape Dive
  • Magic In The Cockpits
  • Phantasma
  • Japanese Repeats
  • Horace Goldin In Shanghai
  • Jensen In Australia Stage Thermometer
  • De Biere's Thumb Tie
  • Oswald Williams 'Box Of Tricks'
  • Chinese Egg Act
  • The 'Lifting' Of The Steel Spikes
  • The Nicola Show
  • Fooling The Bookers
  • Inside Siberia
  • Sawing A Woman
  • Carnival & Jensen
  • Magic In Japan
  • The Silver Mines Of Korea
  • Arrested In Cochin China
  • The Walking Ball Trick
  • Stranded
  • Harry Thurston Show
  • Magic In Schools
  • The Family Arrives

1st edition 1960, 75 pages.
word count: 34602 which is equivalent to 138 standard pages of text

Reviewed by Devin Knight
★★★★   Date Added: Monday 29 June, 2015

This is a wonderful book on the life of Percy Abbott, it still leaves you wondering if he was a good guy or bad guy. The information that he shares about the famous magicians he knew is enlightening. Where people like Walter Gibson sugar coated the truth, Abbott gives the real low down and dirt on some of the people, including the ongoing disagreement between Howard Thurston and his brother, Harry. It is a shame that he didn't go into his falling out with Blackstone. There is little about the Abbott Magic Company, but he said if he lived, he would write about it. That never happened, still this is a must read for magic history buffs.