Images from Egyptian Hall: Will Nicola

Images from Egyptian Hall: Will Nicola

Will Nicola (seen on the right) was another globe-trotting illusionist from America. Young Will learned the magic business as an assistant in his father’s magic act and his older brother, Charles, who would gain his own fame as Von Arx, also mentored Will in the...

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Images from Egyptian Hall: Adelaide Herrmann

Images from Egyptian Hall: Adelaide Herrmann

  During the early morning of December 17, 1896 Adelaide Herrmann suddenly found herself not the co-star of the Herrmann the Great touring show but simply as the widow Herrmann. Her husband, Alexander Herrmann, had reigned supreme as America’s foremost magician...

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Images from Egyptian Hall: Charles Carter

Images from Egyptian Hall: Charles Carter

This exotic looking wizard did not travel to America from the mysterious East. His name was Charles Joseph Carter, born in New Castle Pennsylvania in 1874. As a teen-ager he was already performing as Carter –The Boy Magician and what he lacked in artistic ability and...

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Images from Egyptian Hall: Alexander Herrmann

Images from Egyptian Hall: Alexander Herrmann

If a non-magician were asked to create the image of a magician they would undoubtedly draw a picture of a tall, thin man sporting a goatee and twisted mustache. His costume would include a black tailcoat and knee britches. It is doubtful that our layman would realize...

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Magic of the Trick–Eddy Taytelbaum

Magic of the Trick–Eddy Taytelbaum

In my inaugural column we explored some magic theory as it related to the use of the term “trick.” As we discussed, many magicians hate the word “trick” so much that they will spew utter nonsense just to keep from saying it. One cause for this distaste is rooted in...

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