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Thomas (Tom) Osborne

Thomas (Tom) Osborne

(St. Louis, Missouri: 3rd December 1901 - 17th April 1963)

Pro close-up, including many original effects. Worked clubs and private shows. Jack Gwynne Trophy 1937. Invented Razz-A-Ma-Tazz 4-card discovery (by 1947). In 1917 and 1918 had two television programs "Magic Made Easy" and "Black Magic" in Philadelphia. Many contributions in the Linking Ring magazine.

Often miscredited since 1936 with Carl-Lyle’s 3-to-1 Rope Trick, which Osborne merely marketed since 1936.

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Cups and Balls Magic by Thomas (Tom) OsborneTom Osborne writes:
Cups and balls have been giving pleasure, as a magic trick, to generations of spectators. It is still regarded as one of the most outstanding of all magic effects. My gratitude to Dr. Henry Ridgeley Evans and to John Mulholland for writing the story of the cups and balls, so that all may appreciate the history of this classic of magic. Thanks to Bill Hanna for the illustrations which do so much to make the book come alive.
All the basic ball moves are described in detail using clear illustrations. A section of routines is described that will get you started on your way to devising your own methods and plots....
2015 / 7 / 20
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Coin Tricks by Thomas (Tom) OsborneFrom the introduction:
In the quiet sanctum of one’s home, or in a circle of intimate friends, a person performing an effect in magic may be perfectly at ease, but under fire before a critical audience it may be a different story. More times than I care to remember I have seen this happen; this is especially true of the spare-time Magician and, believe me, it is my sincere desire to help overcome this failing.

But, I also believe a person can be taught to perform Magician’s tricks in a manner that is quite pleasing. It is with this thought in mind that I have consented to put into...

2010 / 4 / 26
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