(Jersey, Channel Islands [British owned]: 17th October 1880 - 26th December 1958)
Hereward Hubert Lavington Carrington was born in England but already moved with 8 years of age to the US. Lived many years in Los Angeles where he died. He became a paranormal researcher, psychic investigator, and author. As an amateur magician he generally had a critical stand toward paranormal phenomena and exposed the tricks of fraudulent mediums including those used in slate-writing, table-turning, trumpet mediumship, materializations, sealed-letter reading and spirit photography. However, he also thought that some mediumship phenomena was genuine which resulted in lengthy discussions with Harry Houdini. He also published his unconventional thoughts on dieting, fasting and nutrition.
Wrote Hindu Magic (, 52pp; rev ed), Handcuff Tricks (1913, 61pp), Side-Show and Animal Tricks (1913, 66pp; repr 1973), The Boys' Book of Magic (1920, 284pp), Magic for Everyone (1927; repr 1942, 138pp), and (with B.M.L. Ernst) Houdini and Conan Doyle (1932, 255pp). Also wrote extensively on psychic phenomena, from The Physical Phenomena of Spiritualism (1908, 440pp; repr 1920), thru Eusapia Palladino and Her Phenomena (1909), to Psychic Oddities (1952). See Paul Tabori, Pioneers of the Unseen (1972) for bio sketch.
Magic is Fun / Magic for EveryoneHereward Carrington
From the introduction:
There is no more fascinating study, when once an interest in the subject has been aroused, than conjuring - or, as it is popularly called, "Magic." One of the most delightful of all pastimes is the inventing and performing of new tricks, and watching their effect upon the audience - who do not know the secrets of the various "sleights" performed. We all know how fascinating the professional conjuror's entertainment is, - and how mystifying! So I propose to take my readers, - in the present book, - into the very heart of the mystery - to explain exactly how the important...
2021 / 3 / 21
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Hindu MagicHereward Carrington
The magic of India comes to life in Dr. Carrington's colorful look at the fables, feats, and magic of the mystical fakirs of India.
You'll learn the inner workings of the Basket of Death, Mango Seed to Tree, Buried Alive illusion, Flying Rabbit, the Dry Sands Trick, the Beans and Scorpion Trick, Snake Charming, and more.
Want to add something different to your act? Perhaps one of your primary assistants can adopt the role of a Hindu fakir and present one or two of these effects as an added attraction in your existing magic or hypnosis show.
For magic historians, Carrington provides...
2017 / 3 / 14
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Thayer's 21st Century Mindreading ActHereward Carrington
Liz and Tommy Tucker. Falkenstein and Willard. Lucille and Eddie Roberts. The Piddingtons. What did these acts have in common? They were all great and they featured a two-person mentalism act.
In this release, Hereward Carrington presents a two-person mentalism act that doesn't require hidden or electronic gimmicks. All you need are two people and this easy-to-master system. Whether they be husband and wife, boyfriend and girlfriend, brother and sister, coworkers or simply two unrelated, but arresting personalities who desire to set the mentalism world on its ear again, the time is right...
2017 / 2 / 14
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Side-Show and Animal TricksHereward Carrington
Hurry! Hurry! Step right up, folks! See Jo-Jo the Dog-Faced Boy, the Wild Man of Borneo, the Fire-Breathing Man, and that's just for starters! Learn the inner secrets of the sideshow including fire walking, animal training, ventriloquism, juggling, geek stunts, special stage effects, and even the inside secrets of the professional card sharp.
Teach your dog to be a "magician!" Several effects and methods are described. Amaze your friends by carrying on a conversation with your "talking cat!" When you learn how easy it is to "throw your voice," you'll have more fun than a person has a right...
2016 / 10 / 10
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