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Henry Hatton

Henry Hatton

(16th December 1837 - 24th December 1922)

Born in New York. Stage name of Patrick Henry Cannon since 1867. Inspired seeing Heimb├╝rger, J.H. Anderson, and Macallister. Self-taught. Wrote (as P.H. Cannon) the Lessons in Magic series, which ran from 1865 to 1867 in Our Young Folks (Boston). Notable because, like Hoffmann's later Modern Magic, it was largely based on Ponsin. Pro since 1867 when he interrupted the Lessons in Magic series to begin touring. Joined SAM 1902 as Member #21. Co-authored (as Henry Hatton with Adrian Plate) Magicians' Tricks (1910), a classic that Henry Hay rightly called the 'first American general textbook' of magic. The co-authors drew the wrath of many colleagues for public exposure by permitting key sections to be reprinted in St. Nicholas, a bestselling magazine for boys. Hatton weathered this scandal to become President of SAM 1912-14.

Coauthors: Adrian Plate

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Henry Hatton & Adrian Plate
Magicians' Tricks by Henry Hatton & Adrian Plate

This book was rated one of the ten basic books for a working library of conjuring by H. Adrian Smith, historian, collector and owner of the largest private magic library in his time. It is a magnificent book featuring tricks from Germain, Conradi, Goldston, Okito, Elliott, and others. It is very difficult to get a hardcopy these days. Other books in this top 10 list are

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In 1910, Henry Hatton, a well-known writer on magic, and Adrian Plate, an equally well-known performer, collaborated in writing Magicians' Tricks: How They Are Done. The book promptly took its place as a standard work on the subject, and could be found in...

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