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Sidney W. Clarke

(Stonegrove, England: 19th June 1864 - 12th July 1940)

Inspired to magic as boy seeing Dr. H.S. Lynn. Barrister. Amateur magician and bibliographer-historian of magic. Edited The Magic Circular 1909-14. Magic Circle council chairman 1924-35. SAM Hall of Fame. Uncle and magic teacher of Brig. Dudley Clarke.

Wrote (with Adolphe Blind) The Bibliography of Conjuring: And Kindred Deceptions (1920, 84pp). Wrote the classic 291-page The Annals of Conjuring series in Magic Wand 1924-28, of which 4 copies were issued in 1929 as a single volume (reprinted 1983 and 2001). Bio is Edwin A. Dawes, The Barrister in The Circle (1983, 123pp).

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The Bibliography of Conjuring - and kindred deceptions by Sidney W. Clarke & Adolphe BlindThis bibliography collects about 2000 works that deal with tricks and illusions, and with the varied deceptions that are usually presented as part of a conjuring entertainment, including automata, chapeaugraphy, chemical and electrical tricks, escaping, fire handling, gamblers' tricks, hand-shadows, juggling, lightning sketches, optical illusions, pseudo-spiritualistic manifestations, second sight, thought reading, thought transference and ventriloquism. The list includes languages other than English in particular German and French books. Excluded are books on the so-called occult arts, but...
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The Annals of Conjuring by Sidney W. ClarkeThis is the first real history of magic in the English language. It first appeared in serialized from in The Magic Wand.

Sidney W. Clarke tells the story of magic from its earliest traces in recorded history, all the way to the celebrated masters of Robert-Houdin, Maskelyne, and the ones who followed them.

[Note: This edition was newly formatted for convenient reading and searching on mobile devices.]

1st digital edition 2013, 288 pages.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Ancient Conjuring
  3. The Mediaeval Jugglers
  4. The Jugglers’ Tricks
  5. Hocus Pocus
  6. The English Showmen
  7. Continental Conjurers In The XVIIIth Century
  8. The Decline Of Conjuring
  9. The Wizard Of The North And The Mechanical Conjurers
  10. Robert-Houdin ...
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