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Percy Abbott

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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