When you think of close-up magic, it’s usually a person doing card and coin tricks. Did you know that people have been doing this for hundreds of years?


The Library of Congress looks at the copyrights it holds filed by Harry Houdini for several of his illusions.

And here’s the wax cylinder recording Houdini did for his Water Torture Cell:

For a mere ten smackers you can join legendary illusion designer and historian Jim Steinmeyer for a new lecture:Β Thurston the Great and How History Fools UsΒ 

The story of Howard Thurston, America’s greatest magician from 1908 to 1936, presents a number of intriguing puzzles. The people who knew him best seemed to have been completely deceived by his story. Jim Steinmeyer, Thurston’s biographer, explains what we β€œget wrong” with history, and why stories need to be told in different ways at different times.

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity!

The Time: March 2, 2022 at 7 PM EST.

The Place: Your favorite screen (on Zoom).

Presented by the American Museum of Magic in Marshall, MI

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