Nelson C. Hahne
(Dayton, Ohio: 9th December 1908 - 4th October 1970)
Inspired as youth seeing many famous vaudeville magi and learned from aunt's gift of Hoffmann's Later Magic. Pro commercial illustrator and later art director in the advertising field. Amateur magician. Since 1924 illustrated over 23 magic books plus catalogs and The Linking Ring since 1924 at age 18. Invented the Penetrating Silk (1926), which Joe Berg marketed; and the color-changing "Poker Chip of Camelio" (by 1932). Retired in 1960s to Pompano Beach, Florida, where he died of cancer.
Co-authored 3 booklets: Here's Magic (1930, with Joe Berg), Modernism in Pasteboard (1934, with Ralph Hull), and Smart Magic (1935, with Ralph Hull). Tricks in Linking Ring, Sphinx, etc.
Coauthors: Joe Berg, Ralph W. Hull