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J. Dazley Theobald

(Britain: fl.1840s-90s)

Dealer (J. Theobald & Company) in London since c1840 in electrical goods, model steamboats, and engines, etc., added conjuring apparatus by 1877 when reported by Hoffmann and at least up to 1894, the year of its last dated catalog. Wrote Amateur Experimentalist (1876, 30pp) and The Amateur Magician (nd, 31pp). And as Prof. J.D. Theobald wrote Magic and Its Mysteries (1880, 144pp).

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J. Dazley Theobald
Amateur Magician by J. Dazley Theobald

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The object of this work is to thoroughly explain to the Amateur Magician the various subterfuges which are made use of by Professional Conjurors to mystify their audiences, and to afford such instructions as shall enable any person to give a private performance. That there is plenty of room for a work on the subject of magical secrets and contrivances is evident by the few books that are in circulation, and even some of these are of but slight value, as they give graphic descriptions of what tricks are performed, while but scant and imperfect explanations of how they are...

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J. Dazley Theobald
Magic and its Mysteries by J. Dazley Theobald

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In the following pages it has been my aim to give such plain and practical instructions, as shall enable the amateur conjurer to perform with confidence and success. In the limits of a book of this size, it is impossible to describe more than one-tenth of the various tricks in modern magic in vogue at the present day, and I have therefore carefully excluded the larger professional apparatus, such as are used only on the public stage, believing that what is most needed is a sound treatise on drawing-room magic, and I trust in the following pages the reader will find such...

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