History of Magic

We stand, as you all know, on the shoulders of giants. Without magic history, we'd be nowhere. In our magic history section, you'll find new books about the past like Gibecière alongside classics such as the Tarbell course. Modern history like The Death Camp Magicians and even the very first magic book every produced The Discoverie of Witchcraft.

From Hofzinser to Houdini, we've got something for everyone here.


World's Beyond Book
World's Beyond
Book by Paul Curry - $60.00

We have GREAT news for all serious students of magic: Paul Curry's World's Beyond is finally, finally, finally back in print. For years this...

Classic Correspondence (Vol. 2) Book
Classic Correspondence (Vol. 2)
Book by Mike Caveney - $65.00

Classic Correspondence (Vol. 2) takes you on a fascinating journey through Magic's past with 24 more letters from Mike Caveney's beloved Classic...

Gibecière 28: A Ricky Jay Tribute Book
Gibecière 28: A Ricky Jay Tribute
Book by Conjuring Art Research Center - $39.95

Gibecière is a magic magazine that focuses on the scholarly, historical pursuit of magic, and the current issue (28, Summer 2019, Vol. 14, No. 2) is...

Gibecière Complete Set Book
Gibecière Complete Set
Book by Conjuring Art Research Center - $1049.00

Gibecière just might be the best-kept secret in magic. They have been quietly putting out full books on a quarterly basis. Each issue of this...

Tarbell Course in Magic Book
Vanishing Inc. exclusive Tarbell Course in Magic
Book by Harlan Tarbell - Various prices

You hear this set talked about often, and it’s one you should own. But in the interest of honesty, let us tell you WHY you should own it, which may...

Hardeen - Monarch of Manacles Book
Hardeen - Monarch of Manacles
Book by William V. Rauscher - $34.95

Houdini may have been the King of Handcuffs, but have you heard of the Monarch of Manacles? This is the incredible and inspirational story of...

The Riddle of Chung Ling Soo Book
The Riddle of Chung Ling Soo
Book by Will Dexter - $14.95 $11.36 (SAVE $3.59)

If you've never read about the enigmatic Chung Ling Soo (William Ellsworth Robinson), then you owe it to yourself to pick up a copy of The Riddle...

The Death Camp Magicians Book
The Death Camp Magicians
Book by William V. Rauscher and Werner Reich - $34.95

This book is a FASCINATING, HARROWING account of Werner Reich's true story of survival. Werner Reich is a friend to Vanishing Inc, and his book has...

Gibecière 21, Winter 2016, Volume 11, No. 1 Book
Gibecière 21, Winter 2016, Volume 11, No. 1
Book by Conjuring Arts Research Center - $39.95

A magnificent collection of fascinating articles from all over the globe, for your perusal. Inside this issue: Mitsunobu Matsuyama...

Dante - Autographed Book Plate Fine art
Dante - Autographed Book Plate
Fine art by Unknown - $30.00

About 30 of these book plates were printed for guests who attended Phil Temple's Dante "book party" on October 21, 1991. The Moi-yo Miller and...

Kar Mi and His Mysteries of India  Book
Kar Mi and His Mysteries of India
Book by Phil Temple - $35.00

These original 1916 brochures were purchased from a collector in New England after attending a New England Magic Collector's gathering in the late...

Keller Pin-Back Button Accessory
Keller Pin-Back Button
Accessory by Phil Temple - $4.95

The Kellar pin-back buttons were created for Phil Temple to be sold during his lecture in England. The Kellar button was to be sold with the...

Conjuring Curiosity Book
Conjuring Curiosity
Book by Dan and Dave Buck and Ian Flinn - $14.95

In this fascinating look into the history of conjuring, T. Ian Flinn researched hundreds of primary articles and conducted interviews with leading...

Houdini Unbound CD
Houdini Unbound
CD by Houdini - $50.00

Over 2500 pages of material! Convenient PDF format on two CDs Ten complete books by Houdini The complete Houdini's Conjurers' Monthly Magazine...

Hofzinser Book
Hofzinser
Book by Magic Christian - $299.95

Volume I: His Life, His Card Magic J. N. Hofzinser is one of the most significant magicians to have thrived in the nineteenth century,...

Spirit Theater Book
Spirit Theater
Book by Eugene Burger - $50.00 $38.00 (SAVE $12.00)

If you've ever wondered what kinds of things went on at spirit seances during their 19th Century heyday, this amazing performance will illuminate...

Magic Shows Book
Magic Shows
Book by Ian Keable - $40.00

Ian Keable has spent the past thirty years watching a wide variety of magicians performing in the UK, ranging from the superstars of magic through...

Dai Vernon's Revelations Box Set DVD
Dai Vernon's Revelations Box Set
DVD by Dai Vernon - $179.95 $136.76 (SAVE $43.19)

It's been 30 years since the initial release of Revelations, the monumental video set that immortalized the life and work of perhaps one of the...

Alexander Book
Alexander
Book by David Charvet - $65.00

The first edition of Alexander The Man Who Knows told the incredible story of Claude Conlin's rise to fame as his generation's premier mindreader....

Classic Correspondence Book
Classic Correspondence
Book by Mike Caveney - $65.00

Each month in MAGIC magazine, Mike Caveney selects from the files of the legendary Egyptian Hall Museum a letter of historical importance. Sometimes...

Willard - A Life Under Canvas Book
Willard - A Life Under Canvas
Book by David Charvet - $85.00

The story of the four men who performed under the name Willard the Wizard reads like a roller coaster ride made up of triumphant highs and tragic...

Mr. Electric Unplugged Book
Mr. Electric Unplugged
Book by Marvin Roy - $50.00

This book is unlike any of our previous history books. Instead of digging through old newspapers and magazines and writing about vaudeville...

Erdnase Unmasked Book
Erdnase Unmasked
Book by David Ben - $35.00

For over a hundred years, the identity of the author of Artifice, Ruse and Subterfuge at the Card Table, known colloquially as The Expert at the...

Rameses Book
Rameses
Book by Chris Woodward - $45.00 $34.20 (SAVE $10.80)

Rameses the Egyptian Wonderworker was an illusionist of the Edwardian era. Born Albert Marchinski in Poland in 1876, he grew up in London in a...

Dai Vernon: A Biography Book
Dai Vernon: A Biography
Book by David Ben - $39.95 $30.36 (SAVE $9.59)

Dai Vernon: the last great undiscovered artist of the 20th century. His medium was magic and with it, Vernon turned the clandestine world of...

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Gibecière Complete Set
Gibecière just might be the best-kept secret in magic. They...
Original Tarbell Lessons in Magic
Nearly 100 Years Ago Harlan Tarbell...
Discoverie of Witchcraft
Reginald Scot published The Discoverie of Witchcraft in...
Foundations: The Art of Stage Magic
Although the art of magic does not...
Tarbell Course in Magic
You hear this set talked about often, and it’s one you...