J. C. Cannell
(Douglas, Isle of Man: 25th October 1899 - Port Talbot, Wales: 1953)
Born as John Clucas Cannell was a journalist, author, amateur magician, and Vice-President of The Magician's Club in London. He had a legal dispute with the Zomahs (second-sight act) because he exposed their methods in print. The Zomahs prevailed and Cannell was fined. He is best known for his book on Houdini: The Secrets of Houdini which is an exposé of a number of Houdini's tricks with some biographical information and photos.
Wrote New Light on the Rouse Case (1927), The Hundred Best Tricks (1930), The Secrets of Houdini (1931, 279pp; repr 1932, 1938, 1973), 100 Mysteries for Arm-Chair Detectives (1932), In Town Tonight (1935), and The Quaker Oats Book of Magic (in Dutch tr as Het Meesterboek der Tooverkunst, 1938) and compiled Modern Conjuring for Amateurs (1938).