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Percy Abbott

(Sydney, Australia: 3rd May 1886 - 26th August 1960)

Orphaned at age 8. Became interested in magic at age 12. Left home at age 14 to tour vaudeville circuits in Australia. Pro performer. Manager of H.L. Hutchinson's "New York Novelty Company" in Sydney 1909 - October 1911. Then on own as dealer in his "Magician's Supply Depot" in Sydney since late 1911. Leaving his business to brother Clarence, Percy toured Australia and Far East 1914-24. Ghost show and "Hall of Novelties" shop in a Sydney arcade 1916. Moved to USA in 1925.

Co-founder and co-owner (with Harry Blackstone) of the Blackstone Magic Company in Colon, Michigan, 1927-31. Founder-owner in 1933 (with Recil Bordner as junior partner since 1934) of Abbott's Magic Manufacturing Company in Colon. Retired in 1959. Pirated and marketed (since December 1933) "Doc" Zola's Squash, which became known as "The Trick that built the Abbott Magic Company". Similarly with Gwynne's Temple of Benares (since 1940). And again with Fox's Miracle Gimmick (by 1949).

Invented (or so he claimed) Spotting the Block (by 1925), Bowl of Water Vanish (by 1940), Name It (miniature bar, by 1940), Fountain Bouquet (by 1940), Squeez-It (by 1940), and The Tiger (Feb 1940).

Published Tops 1936-59. Wrote Abbott's Magic for Magicians (1934, 56pp), etc. Tricks in New Tops. Memoir is A Life Time in Magic (1960, 132pp).

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Nite Club Illusions and Illusionettes

Percy Abbott

Nite Club Illusions and Illusionettes by Percy Abbott
  • Abbott's Chinese Chopper
  • The Chinese Straight Jacket
  • Cutting A Woman In Half
  • Walking Through A Ribbon
  • Spikes Through The Wrist
  • The Girl With The Pincushion Head
  • The Doni Rose Miniature Doll House
  • Abbott's Rod Through Girl
  • The Hindu Basket Trick
  • Nite-Club Girl Vanish
  • The Sword Box
  • The Cane Cabinet
  • Sword Cabinet Illusion
  • The Golem Illusion
  • Modernistic Amputation

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Magic Card System

Percy Abbott

Magic Card System by Percy AbbottThis is one of the books that Abbott published for the troops during wartime in the 1940's. It uses Si Stebbins system, except the step size is 4 rather than 3, also known as "The Riverboat Stack". Routines can be performed with most other stacks.
  • Foreword
  • The Magic Card System: The Rules That Make It Work
  • Effect Number One: A Skeptical Spectator Interrupts
  • Effect Number Two
    • It Might Happen To You
    • Effect Number Two As Performed By Two Persons
  • Effect Number Three
  • Effect Number Four
  • Effect Number Five
    • The Effect Done With An Assistant
  • Effect Number Six
  • Effect Number Seven
  • Effect Number...
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Tops all Volumes 1-22 (1936-1957)

Percy Abbott

Tops all Volumes 1-22 (1936-1957) by Percy Abbott
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Tops Volume 22 (1957)

Percy Abbott

Tops Volume 22 (1957) by Percy AbbottJanuary 1957 - December 1957
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor
Howard Melson "Mel", Editor

93 pages - 3 Issues

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 22, Number 1 - January 1957 - 32 pages
  2. With the Editor - Percy Abbott
  3. Contents
  4. Reversed Six card Repeat (111) - Simplified Method - Roxy
  5. Report On Chicago Magigals Assembly No. 9 - Sylvia Smith
  6. re: The Great Levante
  7. Dramatic Living and Dead Test
  8. Thimbles, Thimbles - Again and Again - Roxy
  9. re: Monk Watson
  10. Ring-String - Ray Hutchinson
  11. re: Chami Kkan
  12. Amazing Card Miracles - Mahendra, The Mystic (F. B. Sterling)
    • Design for Wrist Watch Gimmic ...
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Tops Volume 21 (1956)

Percy Abbott

Tops Volume 21 (1956) by Percy AbbottJanuary 1956 - December 1956
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor
Howard Melson "Mel", Editor

389 pages

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 21, Number 1 - January 1956 - 32 pages
  2. With the Editor - Mel
  3. Contents
  4. Bank Night Supreme - Roxy
  5. Aero Silks - Bert Douglas
  6. Another Thumb Tie
    • Patter and Presentation
  7. Canary Asrah - George Jo0hnstone
  8. re: feather flower cleaning
  9. A Rising Card Climax - Bert Douglas
  10. Cards, Nuts and Bill
  11. Rapid Flight Cards - Karson
  12. A Tip, Magi and Hypnotists
  13. Bitzemall Egg Bag - Roxy
  14. Blindfold Magic
  15. All Do As I Do
  16. re: Mrs. Audrey Guido blindfold drive
  17. Encyclopedia...
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Tops Volume 20 (1955)

Percy Abbott

Tops Volume 20 (1955) by Percy AbbottJanuary 1955 - December 1955
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor
Howard Melson "Mel", Editor

385 pages

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 20, Number 1 - January 1955 - 32 pages
  2. Floating Handkerchief
  3. Perfect Transpo-Card - Rovelli (Tenente Jose Silvestre)
  4. Silks in Chick-A-Dee - Anthony Dunn
  5. Useful Cigarette Sleights - Roxy
    • Number One
    • Number Two
    • Number Three
  6. Another Torn Restored Newspaper - Wilford Hutchinson
  7. Penetra - Roxy
  8. Tricks of East Indian Magicians - Part 3 - Eddie Joseph
    • The Cups and Balls
      • The Sleights
      • The Routine
    • The Egg Bag
  9. Handkerchief-Rope...
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Tops Volume 19 (1954)

Percy Abbott

Tops Volume 19 (1954) by Percy AbbottJanuary 1954 - December 1954
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor
Howard Melson "Mel", Editor

389 pages

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 19, Number 1 - January 1954 - 32 pages
  2. With the Editor - Mel
  3. Contents
  4. Ultra Four-Ace Trick - Billy Bell
  5. Fifty-Fifty - S. Stern
    • Second Method
    • Suggestions for Preparing Props
  6. Drum Head Tube Routine - James Reneaux
  7. Simple Memorization
  8. re: Goodliffe
  9. re: Monk Watson
  10. The Spider and the Pips - Lu Brant
  11. Predicto - A Super Mental Card Test - Roxy
  12. Some Patter in Rhyme
    • Dyeing or Color Changing
    • For Children's Shows
    • For Dyeing Other Colors ...
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Tops Volume 18 (1953)

Percy Abbott

Tops Volume 18 (1953) by Percy AbbottJanuary 1953 - December 1953
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor
Howard Melson "Mel", Editor

385 pages

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 18, Number 1 - January 1953 - 32 pages
  2. With the Editor - Percy Abbott
  3. Contents
  4. Magical Card Finesse - Jerry Hornak
    • Sleights with Cards
      • A Rare Control
      • A Succeeding Control
      • Riffle Strip Control
      • Three Controls
        • Basic Move
        • 1 - Side Slip Action
        • 2 - Palm Slip Action
        • 3 - The Crimp Action
      • Ace Control
  5. Remember Twenty-Two - Dr. Maurice
  6. Some Magical Twists - V. C. Kitchen
      ...
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Tops Volume 17 (1952)

Percy Abbott

Tops Volume 17 (1952) by Percy AbbottJanuary 1952 - December 1952
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor
Howard Melson "Mel", Editor

385 pages

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 17, Number 1 - January 1952 - 32 pages
  2. With the Editor - Mel
  3. Contents
  4. A Novel Ring Release - Oswald Harrington
  5. Three Minds and a Card - A Different Working Method - Roxy
  6. Bird Cage in Square Circle - Louis Ward
  7. A Flash Billiard Ball Sleight - Cleveland Miller, Jr.
  8. Color Changing Balls - Prince Drakon
  9. Two E-Z Card Sleights - Roxy
  10. Astrologia - Howard P. Albright - continued
    • Sealed Message Reading Routine No. 2
    • Prompter-Cards for Use in Connection...
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Tops Volume 16 (1951)

Percy Abbott

Tops Volume 16 (1951) by Percy AbbottJanuary 1951 - December 1951
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor
Howard Melson "Mel", Editor

385 pages

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 16, Number 1 - January 1951 - 32 pages
  2. With the Editor - Mel
  3. Contents
  4. Lota-Gorda - George F. Wright
  5. Sid Lorraine's Chatter - Good Wishes
  6. Matching the Card - Carl C. Newbold
  7. Spotting the Spot - Eddie Joseph
  8. Envelope and Handkerchief - Augustus Rapp
  9. Coin and Matchbox Effect - Joseph Ovette
  10. [Stewart] James Case Dismissed
  11. So It's Laughs You Want! - Bob Brethen
    • Fun with Talking Teeth
    • The Party - A Skit with Talking Teeth
  12. A Card in Balloon Idea - Joseph...
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Tops Volume 15 (1950)

Percy Abbott

Tops Volume 15 (1950) by Percy AbbottJanuary 1950 - December 1950
Abbott's Magic Novelty Company
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor
Howard Melson "Mel", Editor

385 pages

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 15, Number 1 - January 1950 - 32 pages
  2. With the Editor - Mel
  3. Contents
  4. Wright's Steal Pass - George F. Wright
  5. Sid Lorraine's Chatter
    • Death of Tom Bowyer
    • reviews
      • Mental Magic - Al Baker
    • Origin of the Center Tear
    • Questions and Answers
  6. cartoon - Otho Blake
  7. A Close-Up Fooler - Clettis V. Musson
  8. Passed Through a Flame - Ken de Courcy
  9. For Vents Only - George McAthy
    • Dialog - Ed Hall ...
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Tops Volume 14 (1949)

Percy Abbott

Tops Volume 14 (1949) by Percy AbbottJanuary 1949 - December 1949
Abbott's Magic Novelty Company
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor
Howard Melson "Mel", Editor

385 pages

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 14, Number 1 - January 1949 - 32 pages
  2. With the Editor - Mel
  3. Contents
  4. An Appreciation! - Percy Abbott - re: Howard Melson
  5. A Toast to the Flag
  6. New Indianapolis Store Open
  7. re: Edgar Bergen & Jim Sherman
  8. Sid Lorraine's Chatter
    • reviews
      • new effect from Eddie Joseph
      • Forbidden Wisdom - Howard Albright
      • I.O.U. - C. V. Tebbetis
      • Six Foolers with a Miniature Skull - Eddie Joseph - re; Skullo
      • Laugh Card ...
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Tops Volume 13 (1948)

Percy Abbott

Tops Volume 13 (1948) by Percy AbbottJanuary 1948 - December 1948
Abbott's Magic Novelty Company
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor
Howard Melson "Mel", Editor

393 pages

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 13, Number 1 - January 1948 - 32 pages
  2. Cover - Bill Baird
  3. With the Editor - Mel
  4. Contents
  5. Bill Baird - "BB" for Billiard Balls!
  6. Cook Heads Montana Magi
  7. re: Dr. Aaron Weiss
  8. Sid Lorraine's Chatter
    • Questions and Answers
  9. Vancouver Magic Circle
  10. re: Herb Antes
  11. re: J. C. Bisbee
  12. Thought Lost (or The Flying Signature) - R. F. Sparks
  13. Features Abbott Effects - photo - re: Tommy Windsor
  14. Panama Rope Trick Idea - Carroll...
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Tops Volume 12 (1947)

Percy Abbott

Tops Volume 12 (1947) by Percy AbbottJanuary 1947 - December 1947
Abbott's Magic Novelty Company
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor
Howard Melson "Mel", Editor

393 pages

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 12, Number 1 - January 1947 - 32 pages
  2. Cover - Kathryne Campbell
  3. With the Editor - Mel
  4. Contents
  5. Kathryne Campbell - Vent with Loring!
  6. Colorado Magicians Honor [J. B.] Bobo
  7. re: John Musselman
  8. Sid Lorraine's Chatter
    • reviews
      • You Don't Have To Be Crazy Bit It Helps - Francis Ireland
      • Million-Dollar Bridge and Poker Demonstartions - Thompson
      • Dope Sheet - Tommy Windsor
      • 12 Ways to Use The Comedy Lit Cigar...
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Tops Volume 11 (1946)

Percy Abbott

Tops Volume 11 (1946) by Percy AbbottJanuary 1946 - December 1946
Abbott's Magic Novelty Company
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor
Howard Melson "Mel", Editor

385 pages

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 11, Number 1 - January 1946 - 32 pages
  2. Cover - Duke Stern
  3. With the Editor - Mel
  4. Contents
  5. Duke Stern - Gay Musicican-Magician
  6. Ideas on "Repeat-It" - J. Milton Crowson
  7. Sid Lorraine's Chatter
    • reviews
      • More Tips on Tricks - Milbourne Christopher
      • Hugard's Magic Monthly, Volumes 1 & 2 - bound volume
      • My Best - J. G. Thompson, Jr., compiler
      • The Owl - periodical
    • Questions and Answers
  8. re:...
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Tops Volume 10 (1945)

Percy Abbott

Tops Volume 10 (1945) by Percy AbbottJanuary 1945 - December 1945
Abbott's Magic Novelty Company
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor
Howard Melson "Mel", Editor

385 pages

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 10, Number 1 - January 1945 - 32 pages
  2. Cover - Cazan
  3. With the Editor - Mel
  4. Contents
  5. Cazan - The Girl Houdini!
  6. Sid Lorraine's Chatter
    • reviews
      • The Trick Brain - Dariel Fitzkee
      • The Modern Magi, November
      • Card Mastery - Michael MacDougall
    • Questions and Answers
  7. Magic Promotes War Drives
  8. Drink Your Milk - Gene Gloye
  9. Stoogeless Tie Trick - Sheldon Levy
  10. Or Would You Rather Be a Dope? - McAthy's...
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Tops Volume 9 (1944)

Percy Abbott

Tops Volume 9 (1944) by Percy AbbottJanuary 1944 - December 1944
Abbott's Magic Novelty Company
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor
Howard Melson "Mel", Editor

389 pages

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 9, Number 1 - January 1944 - 32 pages
  2. Cover - Joe Ovette
  3. With the Editor - Mel
  4. Contents
  5. The Great Ovette - Nuff Said!
  6. Thanks for Holiday Greetings - Percy Abbott
  7. Sid Lorraine's Chatter
    • reviews
      • Tarbell Course, Volume 3
      • Fleming Book Reviews No. 50
      • Hugard's Magic Monthly, December
    • Questions and Answers
  8. re: Bob Haxton
  9. re: John J. Oakes
  10. "Magic on Broadway" - Al Minder
  11. Talk About Philadelphia...
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Tops Volume 8 (1943)

Percy Abbott

Tops Volume 8 (1943) by Percy AbbottJanuary 1943 - December 1943
Abbott's Magic Novelty Company
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor
Howard Melson "Mel", Editor

393 pages

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 8, Number 1 - January 1943 - 32 pages
  2. Cover - R. S. Glover
  3. With the Editor - Mel
  4. Contents
  5. Meet Professor Glover, M. M.
  6. Another Milk Vanish Idea - "Hen" Fetsch
  7. Sid Lorraine's Chatter
    • Tarbell Course, Volume 2
    • Miracle Methods Number Three - book - Hugrad & Braue
    • Easy Magic - "Windy Higgins" with Paul Stadelman
    • Questions and Answers
  8. Karrell Fox Serves Magic
  9. re: Dell O'Dell
  10. Magician Plays Alaskan Circuit -...
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Tops Volume 7 (1942)

Percy Abbott

Tops Volume 7 (1942) by Percy AbbottJanuary 1942 - December 1942
Abbott's Magic Novelty Company
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor
Howard Melson "Mel", Editor

413 pages

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 7, Number 1 - January 1942 - 36 pages
  2. Cover - Sid Lorraine
  3. With the Editor
  4. Contents
  5. The Facts of Life in the case of Sid Lorraine
  6. Land and Water Trick
  7. Sid Lorraine's Chatter
    • The Figure Fiend - book - R. A. Burley
    • Mother Goose Mystery - trick - Martin Gardner
    • Questions and Answers
  8. Color Prediction - Joseph Brandi
  9. The Campbell Caravan - Loring and Kathryne Campbell
  10. Super-X Scores in Show
  11. Magical Crossword...
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Tops Volume 6 (1941)

Percy Abbott

Tops Volume 6 (1941) by Percy AbbottJanuary 1941 - December 1941
Abbott's Magic Novelty Company
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor
Howard Melson "Mel", Editor

638 pages

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 6, Number 1 - January 1941 - 52 pages
  2. Index - Contents (including advertisers)
  3. Editorial - Mel
  4. Sid Lorraine's Chatter
    • Questions and Answers
  5. Jumbo Discovery - Bryce Chambers
  6. Bingo - A New Clever Novelty Trick
  7. re: J. C. Bisbee
  8. Where Was I? - "Monk" Watson
  9. The Card Trick Without a Deck - Allan Lambie
  10. Sucker Die Box Gag
  11. Chinese Lantern Trick - Otto Waldmann
  12. The Stuck Card Trick
  13. Bury Peter Rabbit
  14. Swann Suggested...
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