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Chinese Water Torture Cell

The Chinese Water Torture Cell is a magic effect invented by Harry Houdini in 1911. Houdini is first strapped in at the feet. He is then hoisted upside down above the cell. Full of water, Houdini is then lowered into

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Cups and Balls

The cups and balls is one of the oldest tricks still in use today. Used by Roman conjurors as far back as 2000 years. There are some historians that claim the cups and balls date back to the Egyptians. This

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David Blaine

David Blaine revolutionized magic in 1997 with his magic special, Street Magic. David’s goal was to bring magic back to the popularity it had once held 100 years prior. He succeeded by introducing a new generation to the powerful art

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Born Richard Valentine Pitchford in Britain on November 24th, 1895, Cardini would become one of the great innovators in magic history. Cardini is credited with the birth of the type card handling techniques we perform today. In his early years,

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Doug Henning

Doug Henning was a Canadian magician who performed magic in the 1970s and 1980s, re-popularizing magic as a mainstream art form. He performed his first show at the age of fourteen and soon after performed on Canadian television. He received

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Modern Magic by Professor Hoffmann

Modern Magic by Professor Hoffmann, First published in 1876, is regarded by many a fine magician, as the ultimate magic book. It details methods of the era in which it was written in, yet is still relevant today. Harry Houdini

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Tony Slydini, born Quintino Marucci, was an Italian sleight of hand magician. He is credited with being the first exclusive close-up magician. His father was an amateur magician and encouraged his son to focus on sleight of hand. Moving from

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Howard Thurston

Howard Thurston was born in Columbus Ohio on July 20, 1869. His childhood was rather tough, so the young Thurston ran off and joined the circus. This is where he would meet his future partner, Harry Keller. Inspiration came after

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David Copperfield – The Most Successful Magician

David Copperfield (born David Seth Kotkin) is the most commercially successful in all of history. As a boy he studied and performed magic as “Davino the Boy Magician”. Shy and a loner, Copperfield saw magic as a way of fitting

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Mac King

Mac King, one of America’s favorite magicians, has performed for television specials, and can be seen in his family friendly show at Harrah’s Las Vegas in the Clint Holmes theatre. He is very well known on the corporate circuit performing

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