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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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Paper Magic by Percy AbbottIf you already have Bag-o-Trix you have this book. Although Percy Abbott put his name on the book, UF Grant said many of the ideas were his. This dispute later resulted in UF Grant leaving the Abbott company. There are over forty of the most unusual, unique and amazing new tricks that can be worked with paper. This is a new and untouched field. Paper tricks are easy to carry and are most effective. A few of the outstanding effects are:
  • The performer makes a paper fir tree - and then actually climbs it
  • A cabinet is made from paper - shown empty - and a girl crashes through it from apparently nowhere
  • A paper bag escape...
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Improved Muscle Reading by Percy AbbottThe general effect and principle of Muscle Reading is that a person merely thinks of any object and you take hold of his wrist or hand and lead him to the article he is thinking of.

In this improved method, we have overcome several obstacles to insure picking out the right subjects so you cannot fail. As anyone giving public performances wishes to be sure he will be able to accomplish what he starts out to do, this is a big asset. We also have found a good reason for holding the subject's wrist, and last but not least have a practical apparent non-contact method. This throws the audience...

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Percy Abbott

Occidental and Oriental Mysteries by Percy AbbottThis publication is also known under the tile "Magic for Magicians".
  • Foreword
  • A Few Words From The Author
  • Finger-Tip Card Production
  • It Hasn’t Started Yet
  • Mental Masterpiece
  • Double-Over Card Steal
  • Testing Strength
  • The Game Of Thirty-One
  • Thirty Cards
  • The Twitching Muscle Just A Gag!
  • Two To Four Ball Move
  • Novel Four Ball Production
  • Mouth Ball Move
  • The Last Ball Move
  • Closed Fist Ball Move
  • Four Thimble Vanish
  • Passing Thimbles
  • Body Load
  • Disappearing And Reappearing Coin Stand
  • The Hairy Match
  • Comedy Penetration
  • The Repeat Candle
  • Vanish Of Grains Of Rice
  • An Egg Bag Move ...
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Percy Abbott

A Lifetime in Magic by Percy AbbottWritten by a man who spent seventy-four years ... a lifetime in magic! A professional magician, a world traveler, author, inventor, founder of the world's largest magic company. Percy Abbott, the 'Caliph of Colon', and magic are synonymous. In this ebook you will discover stories, experiences, secrets and advice that only a lifetime in magic can offer. You will uncover facts about the greats that will amaze you. There is a fund of information on tricks and illusions new to present day magicians.

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  • Dedication
  • Memories
  • Foreword
  • The Chrystal Lantern
  • Comedy Snake Basket
  • Lost In...
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Percy Abbott

Abbott Magic Catalog #1 1934 by Percy AbbottThis catalog started it all. It is the first one published in 1934, the start of a magic dynasty.

1st edition 1934, 23 pages.

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Abbott Magic Catalog #2 1935 by Percy AbbottThe second catalog already three times thicker.

1st edition 1935, 68 pages.

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50 Kute Koin Tricks by Percy AbbottThis manuscript describes fifty close-up tricks, gags and stunts with coins - none of which require sleights. Many new ideas are employed - including new dodges that open up a new field. Every magician should be able to perform one or two coin tricks. Choose from the many in this manuscript.

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Percy Abbott

Tops Treasury of Halloween Magic by Percy AbbottSpooky effects and tips to help magicians create a Halloween atmosphere.

These are effects compiled from TOPS magazine, all suitable for Halloween. The ebook consists of three sections:

  1. SPOOKY MAGIC EFFECTS: Actual effects you can make or add to your Halloween show.
  2. HALLOWEEN STORIES and REVIEWS: Seances, magic spook shows, and scary stories in magic.
  3. REST IN PEACE TRICKS: If there is a graveyard of magic tricks then this is it.

1st digital edition 2011, 273 pages

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Hellstromism (Abbott) by Percy AbbottThis lesson in telepathic experiments makes mind reading an understandable and practical thing. A method of reading one's thoughts that you can learn and apply. The secret mental equipment needed for your success as a mental performer. The late Axel Hellstrom, a German mental marvel, astounded the entire scientific world with his uncanny ability to read the thoughts of a person with whom he was in contact and to interpret these thoughts correctly. He would execute mental (not written) commands with lightning rapidity - find hidden articles wherever they were secreted - deliver sealed messages...
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Abbott Magic Catalog #9 1947 by Percy AbbottMore than 800 pages of tricks, books, illusions, and other magic prodcuts.

1st edition 1947, 832 pages.

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Abbott Magic Catalog #13 1952 by Percy AbbottIn this catalog Eddie Joseph and all his publications and separately sold tricks received a separate section. Abbott is also operating their own printing presses and advertises to print business cards, letterheads, handbills and show cards for magicians. A price list is included at the very end.
  • Accessories
  • Balls
  • Bottles
  • Cages
  • Canes
  • Cards
  • Change Bags
  • Cigarettes
  • Club
  • Comedy
  • Dice
  • Eggs
  • Escapes
  • Fish
  • Flowers
  • Glasses
  • Illusions
  • Joseph
  • Light Bulbs
  • Linking Rings
  • Liquid
  • Livestock
  • Lotas
  • Mental
  • Milk
  • Money
  • Novelties
  • Paper
  • Parasols
  • Pocket
  • Printing
  • Reels
  • Rice Bowls
  • Rising...
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Abbott Magic Catalog #5 by Percy AbbottThis #5 catalog was a supplementary catalog to #4. It only listed the new effects Abbott could supply.

1st edition ?, 94 pages.

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49 Easy To Do Card Tricks by Percy AbbottFrom the introduction:
Included in the 49 effects are some that are new and some that have been favorites of professional Magicians for years, but all of them have been tested on their merits as entertaining and mystifying tricks.

All of these tricks can be performed with any deck of playing cards, with little or no preparation beforehand, and in compiling them, it has been the aim to include only such tricks as may be performed simply with a pack of playing cards, without the necessity of any extra paraphernalia.

These tricks are easy to do, and may be performed once you have the directions...

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Percy Abbott

Tops Volume 1 (1936) by Percy AbbottJanuary 1936 - December 1936
Abbott's Magic Novelty Company
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor

585 pages

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 1, Number 1 - January 1936 - 36 pages
  2. The Policy of this Magazine
  3. Sid Lorraine's Chatter
  4. Trading Center - announcement
  5. Magicians Are The "Tops" - Alvin Richard Plough
  6. We Remember - Lester Lake (Marvelo)
  7. Our Nobel Prize For Today
    • Percy Abbott
  8. Continual Production of Lighted Pipes - Lu-Brent
  9. Why Not A Contest?
  10. I'm Telling You - H. Adrian Smith
    • Snooping Around In Magic
  11. Editorial - Percy Abbott
  12. The Coin Cards - W. C. Oates
  13. Tops and...
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Tops Volume 2 (1937) by Percy AbbottJanuary 1937 - December 1937
Abbott's Magic Novelty Company
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor

649 pages

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 2, Number 1 - January 1937 - 52 pages
  2. Index - Contents (including advertisers)
  3. Editorial - Percy Abbott
  4. New Magic Club - The Keystone Ring of Harrisburg
  5. Harlan Tarbell's Health
  6. The "Tops" Policy
  7. Is This A Pipe Dream? - letter from Julius Hopkins
  8. Sid Lorraine's Chatter
    • Thoughts About a Year of Tops
    • Questions and Answers
  9. Variation of Rope Trick - Erwin Forsythe
  10. The Drop Cigarette Move - Percy Abbott
  11. Continuous Front and Back Palm With Lighted...
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Tops Volume 3 (1938) by Percy AbbottJanuary 1938 - December 1938
Abbott's Magic Novelty Company
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor

659 pages

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 3, Number 1 - January 1938 - 52 pages
  2. Index - Contents (including advertisers)
  3. Editorial - Percy Abbott
    • Happy Birthday To You
  4. Sid Lorraine's Chatter
    • Pig On the Slate by U. F. Grant not Oswald Williams
    • Loyd's Mystery Wand - trick
    • Questions and Answers
  5. The Permeating Pasteboard - Arthur H. Roberts
  6. Accumulated Magic - Ed Burchell
    • Cigarette Vanish
    • Another Cigarette Vanish
    • Eating A Lighted Cigarette
    • Silk Production ...
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Tops Volume 4 (1939) by Percy AbbottJanuary 1939 - December 1939
Abbott's Magic Novelty Company
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor

621 pages

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 4, Number 1 - January 1939 - 60 pages
  2. Index - Contents (including advertisers)
  3. Editorial - Percy Abbott
    • WE Give Thanks
  4. Sid Lorraine's Chatter
    • A Few Questions and Answers
  5. "Majah", Indian Mystic
  6. re: Will Rock
  7. "Greater Magic"
  8. New York State Conclave
  9. Dusting Off Some Old Ones - Eddie Joseph
    • The Travelling Coins - Joseph's Routine
  10. Conjuring Potpourri - John Braun
  11. Corrections - for December Issue of "Potpourri"
  12. Fleming Trophy...
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Tops Volume 5 (1940) by Percy AbbottJanuary 1940 - December 1940
Abbott's Magic Novelty Company
Percy Abbott, Publisher and Editor
Howard Melson "Mel", Editor

636 pages

  1. The "Tops" - Volume 5, Number 1 - January 1940 - 52 pages
  2. Index - Contents (including advertisers)
  3. Editorial - Percy Abbott
  4. Sid Lorraine's Chatter
    • 1940 Good Wishes to You and Yours
    • A Magici8an in the House - Sid Lorraine - correction
    • Testimonial
  5. Magicians Guild of America - Recil Bordner
  6. Fitzkee's Story - Dariel Fitzkee
  7. The Magicians Guild Convention - Ken MacEachin
  8. E. J. Moore Sick Fund
  9. Conjuring Potpourri - John Braun
      ...
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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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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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