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.


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...

Memoirs of an Elusive Moth Book
Memoirs of an Elusive Moth
Book by Adele Friel Rhindress - $35.00 $26.60 (SAVE $8.40)

Harry Blackstone presented a full-evening production called the "Show of 1001 Wonders." It lived up to that billing, as a stage-filling spectacle...

Laurant: Man of Many Mysteries Book
Laurant: Man of Many Mysteries
Book by Gabe Fajuri - $35.00 $26.60 (SAVE $8.40)

In 1896, Eugene Laurant became a professional magician. 21 years earlier, as Eugene Greenleaf, he was born on the frontier, in the horse and...

Trouping with Dante Book
Trouping with Dante
Book by Marion Trikosko - $35.00 $26.60 (SAVE $8.40)

In the golden age of big illusion shows, his was the most golden of all. He had been born Harry Jansen, but the world knew him as "Dante, The...

Cutting Up Touches Book
Cutting Up Touches
Book by David Avadon - $5.00 $3.80 (SAVE $1.20)

Cutting Up Touches is the first book ever written on the history of exhibition pickpocketing. In it, David Avadon traces this light-fingered...

The Great Raymond Book
The Great Raymond
Book by The Great Raymond - $95.00

This fascinating book takes you on a magical journey around the world seven times with The Great Raymond, a Master Magician of remarkable charm and...

Mystery School Book
Mystery School
Book by Jeff McBride - $100.00

An Adventure Into the Deeper Meaning of Magic First held in 1992, Eugene Burger and Jeff McBride's Mystery School promised to be a magic...

Original Tarbell Lessons in Magic Book
Original Tarbell Lessons in Magic
Book by Harlan Tarbell - $79.95

Nearly 100 Years Ago Harlan Tarbell began his journey into magic. The Tarbell System became a gold standard for lessons in magic. ...

Houdini: A Pictorial Life - Collector's Edition Book
Houdini: A Pictorial Life - Collector's Edition
Book by Milbourne Christopher - $45.00 $34.20 (SAVE $10.80)

Enter into the fascinating world of the Master Magician, Harry Houdini. Written by the famous magician an author Milbourne Christopher, this 240...

Tales from the Uncanny Scot Book & CD
Tales from the Uncanny Scot
Book & CD by Ron Wilson - $45.00

In a career spanning over seven decades, Ron Wilson has had a magical life. Born and raised in Dundee, Scotland, he traveled the world with his...

The Notebook Book
The Notebook
Book by Will Houstoun - $40.00

Hidden in the depths of The Magic Circle in London was a long forgotten notebook, written around the second half of the 18th century by an...

Hellis in Wonderland Book
Hellis in Wonderland
Book by Will Houstoun - $65.00

Although Professor Hellis performed in venues such as The Royal Polytechnic Institution and The Brighton Aquarium, gave lessons to magicians such...

The Art of Deception Book
The Art of Deception
Book by Chuck Romano - $65.00 $49.40 (SAVE $15.60)

THE ART OF DECEPTION chronicles the long and colorful relationship between conjuring and art. For the first time, the history of artist and the...

Sleight of Hand Book
Sleight of Hand
Book by Edwin Sachs - $35.00 $26.60 (SAVE $8.40)

Sleight of Hand by Edwin Sachs just might be the number one best book ever written on magic. The standard textbook on how to become a...

Foundations: The Art of Stage Magic Book
Foundations: The Art of Stage Magic
Book by Eberhard Riese - $69.00 $52.44 (SAVE $16.56)

Although the art of magic does not only consist of tricks and technique, roughly 99% of all magic books mainly deal with these topics....

The Osterlind Trilogy Book
The Osterlind Trilogy
Book by Richard Osterlind - $39.95 $30.36 (SAVE $9.59)

Three acclaimed books now together in one deluxe volume! Thousands have read Richard Osterlind's e-books Making Magic Real, Making Real...

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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...