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Bruce Elliott

Bruce Elliott

(New York City, NY: 30th May 1914 - 22nd March 1973)

Inspired watching Thurston show. Learned at age 9 from Mysto Magic set. Debut in early 1920s at tennis clubs. Freelance writer-editor in New York City by profession. Amateur magician. Assisted Annemann in editing Jinx until 1941. Demonstrator for Stuart Robson's magic shop. This convivial fat man edited The Phoenix 1942-54. Helped on many of his magic projects by his wife, "Bunny", before she separated. His home in Manhattan at 284 West 70th was a weekly gathering place for magi. Died in New York hospital of injuries after being hit by an automobile.

Wrote 4 often reprinted books: Magic as a Hobby (1948, 240pp, with Foreword by Orson Welles), Classic Secrets of Magic (1953, 226pp), The Best in Magic (1956, 235pp; British ed as Magic: 100 New Tricks), and Professional Magic Made Easy (1959, 231pp). Editor of Volume 6 (1954, 409pp) of the revised edition of the famous Tarbell Course in Magic. Tricks in Jinx, Phoenix, and New Phoenix. Under Walter Gibson's "Maxwell Grant" pen name wrote 15 of the last novels about The Shadow.

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Bruce Elliott
Classic Secrets of Magic by Bruce Elliott

Anyone who has seen a magician perform has almost certainly seen one or more of the tricks explained in this book. For these are great tricks of the magic profession, tricks that have proved perennially spectacular in performances on the stage, on television, or in private audiences.

The author explains first the basic scheme of each trick, then discusses the possibilities for variation and expansion as developed by a number of famous magicians. Each of the classic tricks included here is methodically described in detail and illustrated in line drawings; none of them involves expensive...

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Bruce Elliott
Magic as a Hobby by Bruce Elliott

Tricks for amateur performers.

Excerpt from the foreword by Orson Welles:

It is entirely possible that this excellent book should never have been published - not like this; anyway, not for general sale.

There are two kinds of magic books, you know. The kind they give away with the box top off a breakfast cereal, and this kind of book, which tells explicitly and with pictures - so the reader can really get the hang of them - valuable secrets of professional magic. In brief, I'm sorry that this one is so very good but I'd be honestly sorrier if it were bad.

At the outset it should...

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