Thursday, March 31, 2011

Secrets of Magic - Ebay Item of the Week

This week's eBay item is a vintage copy of Walter B. Gibson's "Secrets of Magic," from 1945

From the auction:
"Vintage booklet - Secrets of Magic by Walter B. Gibson, Associate of Blackstone, Houdini and Thurston, published Wm. C. Popper, New York - 5 1/4" x 7 1/4", paper covers, 50 pages, illustrations, 1945, complete."

"Condition is fair - some creases with some wrinkling, few small tears, some wear on the corners and edges, some yellowing, no stains."

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Gibson was indeed an associate of Blackstone, Houdini, and Thurston, as well as one of the most prolific pulp novel writers of his time. He created The Shadow under the pen name Maxwell Grant, and ghost wrote books for all three magicians. It's believed that Gibson wrote 282 Shadow novels!

As a magician himself, Gibson introduced the Chinese Linking Rings trick in America and invented the classic "Nickels to Dimes" trick. He died December 6, 1985. Click Here for more information on Walter B. Gibson at

Complete Illustrated Book Of The Psychic Sciences
Houdini's Escapes and Magic
Complete Illustrated Book of Card Magic
Walter Gibson's Big Book of Magic for All Ages : With over 150 Easy-To-Perform Tricks Using Everyday Objects

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