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David Phelps Abbott

(Falls City, Nebraska: 22 September 1863 - 12 June 1934)

Inspired by school show of the Obedient Ball. Wealthy businessman and loan shark. Amateur magician who performed for invited guests in his private theater in his home. Perfected the Talking Teakettle in 1907. Invented the Talking Vase in 1909.

Wrote Behind the Scenes with the Mediums (1907, 328pp; 5th ed revised, 1916, 328pp), The Marvelous Creations of Joseffy (1908, 24pp), The History of a Strange Case (1908, 50pp), The Spirit Portrait Mystery (1913), and the posthumously published David P. Abbott's Book of Mysteries (1977, 183pp). Articles in Open Court Magazine.

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The Marvelous Creations of Joseffy by David Phelps AbbottJoseffy, Josef P. Freud, was a magician from Vienna, Austria. He came to the US when he was 19 years old, and initially worked as manufacturer of props and apparatus for a magic shop in Chicago. Eventually he designed and built his own unexplainable creations, several of which are described in this ebook. However, only the effects are given, no methods are described. Abbott briefly outlines old methods for similar effects, but does not provide the methods Joseffy uses. This book is therefore a promotional item rather than a traditional magic book. It includes many staged photos of Joseffy presenting...
2017 / 9 / 7

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Behind the Scenes with the Mediums by David Phelps AbbottConsidered one of the best books on exposing and explaining the methods of spirit mediums.

The expanded edition this ebook is based on includes his entire Spirit Slate Writing and Billet Tests four part article which was originally published in The Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research.

    • I. Introduction
    • II. Washington Irving Bishop's Sealed Letter Reading in a New Dress
    • III. Test Where a Trick Envelope with a Double Front is used
    • IV. Test Where the Medium Secretly Filches a Letter from the Pocket of the Sitter
    • V. The Mystic Oracle...
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