BRIGHT LIGHTS OF CONJURING
A Limited Edition
Limited to a Public Issue of 440 sets
100 years in the making ...
The new edition of a classic landmark
Manfre Blaise • Cagliostro • Pinetti • Bosco • Phillippe • Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin • John Anderson • Johann Hofzinser • Signor Blitz • Ira Davenport • William Davenport • Compars Herrmann • Alexander Herrmann • Adelaide Herrmann

 

• Robert Heller • Professor Hoffman • Harry Kellar • Charles Bertram • J. Nevil Maskelyne • Imro Fox • Servais LeRoy • Mercedes Talma • Buatier de Kolta • David Devant • Nevil Maskelyne • Frederick Powell • Louis Nikola • Dr. A. M. Wilson • Carl Willmann • Janos Bartl • Ching Ling Foo • Chung Ling Soo • Horace Goldin • Will Goldston • P.T. Selbit • Leon • Harry Houdini • Howard Thurston • Cardini • Silent Mora • Hardeen • Edwin Brush • Maurice Raymond • Harry Blackstone • Floyd Thayer • Carl Owen • Percy Abbott • John Petrie • Max Holden • Lou Tannen • LaFollette • Burling Hull • Robert Nelson • Will Rock • Carl Germain • Dante •
Frank Ducrot • Harry Rouclere • T. Nelson Downs • Conradi • Clinton Burgess • Ottokar Fischer • August Roterberg • David Leendert Bamberg • David “Papa” Bamberg • Theo “Okito” Bamberg • David “Fu Manchu” Bamberg • Jean Hugard • John Northern Hilliard • Si Stebbins • Max Malini • Nate Leipzig • Charles Carter •
Birch • Richiardi Jr. • Al Flosso • Stewart James • Tommy Windsor • Eddie Joseph • Al Baker • Theo Annemann • Joseph Dunninger • John Scarne • Walter Gibson • Harlan Tarbell • Dai Vernon • John Mulholland • Milbourne Christopher •
 

100 years ago a double leaf sheet of photographs of 58 ‘bright lights’ of conjuring was printed. It was subsequently issued by a collector of magic rarities, Leo Rullman, as a limited edition, for performers and collectors, for their dens.

Now, Conjuring Lights has updated this century-old classic, with a 2nd landmark edition. With individually selected portraits of 90 “conjuring lights” from the earliest days of conjuring, through magic’s Golden Age, and the mid-20th century. Retaining the essence of the form and format established a century ago.

The Limited Edition (on canvas)
Issued in an edition of 430 prints, plus 20 prints for the use of the publisher, 12.5” x 18.5”, printed on fine coated linen finish gloss canvas: $196 ea   

The Special Edition (on silver metallic foil)
Limited to 10 prints, plus 10 prints for the use of the publisher, issued on silver metallic foil: $430 ea.
The Bright Lights of Conjuring is an historical pictorial panorama of the history of conjuring from its earliest days. The following 'bright lights' of conjuring and magic are included:

Blaise Manfredi (c. 1640) the first of the "water-spouters" who are recorded as having performed in public and at private parties, Manfredi Germany and France in the 1600's, and taught others

Cagliostro (1738 - 1795) Count Alessandro di Cagliostro, an alchemist and historical man of mysteries

Pinetti (1750 - 1800) Chevalier Giuseppe Pinetti, whose real name was Giuseppe Merci, a noted professional stage conjuror in the late 1700's in Italy

Bosco (1793 - 1863) Bartolomeo Bosco, a professional magician in the 1800's in Europe, and a master of the Cups and Balls

Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin (1805 - 1871) a watchmaker, professional illusionist and sleight of hand artist, who became the "Father of Modern Magic" and established many of the styles, themes, and even effects which magicians emulated for more than a century, and in honor of whom Houdini took his own stage name

John Henry Anderson (1812 - 1874) - The Wizard of the North, a Scottish magician who made elaborate staging and advertising a part of magic, and became famous touring both the European Continent and the United States, until he went bankrupt in 1866.

Phillippe (1802 - 1878) - the stage name of Jacques-Andre-Noe-Talon, a pastry chef who became the pupil and protege and of John Henry Anderson, and an accomplished performer

Johann Hofzinser (1806 - 1875) a brilliant performer and inventor who created many of magic's most durable effects, including card effects, book tests, the black art table, and numerous illusions which became standards

Signor Blitz (1810 - 1877) - stage name of Antoni van Zandt, who emigrated from Europe to become a headline star performer in the 1800's in the United States

Ira Davenport (1839 - 1911) together with his brother William, toured the world in the 1800's with their legendary 'spirit cabinet act'

William Davenport (1841- 1877)together with his brother William, toured the world in the 1800's with their legendary 'spirit cabinet act'

Compars Herrmann (1816 - 1887) son of an itinerant conjuror who went on to tour Europe as a famous and accomplished professional illusionist

Alexander Herrmann (1844- 1896) younger brother of Compars Herrmann. The brothers agreed that Compars would have exclusive performance rights in Europe, and Alexander in America. Alexander Herrmann became one of America's most renowned and beloved conjurors.

Adelaide Herrmann (1853 - 1932) wife of Alexander Herrmann, who went from his assistant to become a leading star in her own right after Alexander's death

Robert Heller (1826 - 1878) stage name of William Henry Palmer, a concert pianist who became a world-famous magician, with a renowned second sight act.

J. Nevil Maskelyne (1839 - 1917) founder of the Maskelyne dynasty of English magicians, prolific perfomer and inventor, founder of Egyptian Hall, London's legendary theatre of magic, and then, in partnership with David Devant, of its successor, St. George's Hall.

Professor Hoffman (1839 - 1919) pen name of Angelo John Lewis, a barrister and amateur magician who wrote a series of articles for Routledge's Every Boy's Annual titled "Modern Magic", and went on to become one of magic's most prolific authors

Buatier de Kolta (1847 - 1903) one of the first truly world famous magicians, de Kolta invented nearly all the illusions he performed, many of which became standards, including the vanishing birdcage, mulitplying billiard balls, vanishing lady, spring flowers, and the Buatier pull.

Charles Bertram (1853 - 1907) stage name of Jamess Bassett, an accomplished English magician and Egyptian hall performer, who became a famed entertainer for society and royalty

Harry Kellar (1849 - 1922) a beloved and world-famous American magician and illusionist, who was named the First Dean of American Magicians in 1907, and upon his retirement appointed Howard Thurston as his successor

Dr. A. M. Wilson (1854 - 1930) medical doctor and magician who was the acclaimed editor of the Sphinx magazine of magic from 1904 until 1930.

Imro Fox (1862 - 1910) stage name of Isidor Fuchs, a skilled performer and star of the famed "Chataqua" circuit, who toured the United States with Servais LeRoy and Frederick Powell as part of "The Great Triple Alliance"

Frederick Powell (1856 - 1938) a teacher of civil engineering who went on to become one of America's most accomplished magicians, touring as part of The Great Triple Alliance along with Servais LeRoy and Imro Fox, and then headlining his own show.

Servais LeRoy (1865 - 1953) toured the United States as part of "The Great Triple Alliance", (along with Imro Fox and Frederick Powell), and then toured the world.

Mercedes Talma (1868 - 1944) stage name of Mary Ann Ford, magician and wife of Servais LeRoy, toured the world as part of an ensemble along with LeRoy, and famed for her own "Queen of Coins" act

David Devant (1868 - 1941) stage name of David Wighton, prolific English magician, partner of J.N. Maskelyne in St. George's hall, and inventor of numerous effects including the Artists Dream.

Nevil Maskelyne (1862 - 1924) eldest son of J. N. Maskelyne, famed performer and manager at London's Egyptian Hall and then St. George's hall, and author, with David Devant, of the classic "Our Magic".

Louis Nikola (1878 - 1936) stage name of William Smith, legendary English performer, and inventor of the milk pitcher, who is remembered to this day for the brilliant Nikola Card System he devised.

Carl Willmann (1849 - 1934) leading magic dealer and manufacturer in Hamburg, Germany, and editor of numerous German magic periodicals

Janos Bartl (d. 1960) successor to the magic business of Carl Willmann, acclaimed for precision manufactured apparatus, particularly in metal

Ching Ling Foo (1854 - 1922) stage name of Qua Cee-ling, world-touring Oriental magician whose reputed snubbing of Chung Ling Soo motivated the latter to become Foo's challenger and successor, and whose legacy lives on in the "Foo" can which he introduced to the west.

Chung Ling Soo (1861 - 1918) stage name of William E. Robinson, stage manager to Harry Kellar, and then Alexander Herrmann, who became famous in his own right with his Chinese performance personna "Chung Ling Soo", and was fatally wounded on stage during a performance of the bullet catching act.

Frank Ducrot (1872 - 1939) o stage name of Theodore Francis Fritz, a star vaudeville magician who turned pro dealer with the famous Hornmann Magic Company, and purchased Martinka's magic company in 1921 and became synonymous with that company.

Clinton Burgess (1880 - 1932) professional magician, collector, and author, listed as compiler but generally acknowledged as the actual author of "Elliott's Last Legacy", a book around which much controversy and some vitriol have swirled.

Harry Rouclere (1866 - 1942) o stage name of John Harry Terhune, an accomplished professional magicia, with his wife Mildred, who retired in their 30's to open the Hotel Rouclere in Ridgewood, NJ, which hosted regular and famous gatherings of magicians

T. Nelson Downs (1867 - 1938) o The world famed "King of Koins" who did what others said was impossible and based a wildly successful act entirely on coin manipulation, along the way becoming an innovator who introduced numerous coin moves many of which are standards to this day.

Conradi, (1870 - 1944) Friedrich Wilhelm Conradi-Horster, a European dealer and manufacturer of spectacular precision professional apparatus, periodical editor, and prolific and accomplished author

August Roterberg (1867 - 1928) professional magic dealer who immigrated to the United States from Germany and established the legendary A Roterberg shop at 145 Illinois Street in Chicago.

Ottokar Fischer (1873 - 1940) professional magician, teacher, collector and dealer in Vienna, and prolific author whose classic "Das Wunderbuch der Zauberkunst" was translated as "Illustrated Magic", but with much of the most interesting and unique historical material left out of the illustrated English version

Max Malini (1873 - 1942) stage name of Max Katz Breit, a master magician who rose from a saloon performer to become a colorful society entertainer who toured the world and performed for presidents and royalty

Nate Leipzig (1873 - 1939) stage name of Nathan Leipziger, a master of close-up and sleight-of-hand manipulation, and inventor of classic moves and flourishes.

John Northern Hilliard (1872 - 1935) a journalist and amateur magician who became an advance man for the Thurston show, going on to become a ghost writer of magic books (including Thurston's biography, in conjunction with Walter Gibson) and finally produced what was up to that time the largest book of magic ever published, the comprehensive Greater Magic

Si Stebbins (1867 - 1950) stage name of William Henry Coffrin, also known as "Wm. Vino", a card manipulator, carny, and colorful circus "rube", who was also the inventor of the Si Stebbins System of card stacking.

Jean Hugard (1872 - 1959) stage name of John Gerard Rodney Boyce, professional magician who retired in Brooklyn to become a proflific author and editor of magic books and periodicals on numerous aspects of the art

David Leendert Bamberg (1786 to 1869) professional magician in Holland, son of Eliaser Bamberg, scion of the Bamberg dynasty, great-grandfather of Theo "Okito" Bamberg, and inventor/introducer of the 'egg bag' routine

David "Papa" Bamberg (1843 - 1914) professional magician appointed royal Court Conjurer of Holland, son of magician Tobias Bamberg, father of Theo "Okito" Bamberg

Theo "Okito" Bamberg (1875 - 1963) professional magician who performed as Oriental personna "Okito", established Bamberg Magic and Novelty Co. in New York city, invented and produced numerous effects, displayed an attention to detail in all aspects of performance and craftsmanship which have imade him one of the most beloved and admired performers of all time.

David "Fu-Manchú" Bamberg (1904 - 1974) professional magician, taught by father Theo "Okito" Bamberg, performed a spectacular illusion show and made six feature films

Horace Goldin (1874 - 1939) world famous stage performer and illusionist whose "Sawing a Woman in Two" led to a lengthy feud with P. T. Selbit over claims of authorship of the illusion.

Will Goldston (1878 - 1948) world famous English dealer, publisher, magic magazine editor, and prolific author, including the famous Goldston "Locked Books", who got his start managing the legendary magic department at Gamages

P.T. Selbit (1881 - 1938) stage name of Percy Thomas Tibbles, famed English performer and inventor of illusions including Girl Without a Middle, and Sawing through a Woman - the latter inspiring Goldin's "Sawing a Woman in Two", and resulting in a lengthy feud between the two master magicians

Leon (1876 - 1951) aka Leon the Great, stage name of Leon Harry Levy, a top vaudeville illusionist in the United States

Harry Houdini (1874 - 1926) stage name of Erich Weiss, legendary American magician, showman, sleight-of-hand and escape artist, prolific author, and debunker of phony spirit mediums, whose name has become, for many, synonymous with the performance of magic

Howard Thurston (1869 - 1936) American master magician, successor to Harry Kellar, who toured the world with one of the Golden Age's most famous illusion shows

Charles Carter (1874 - 1936) o toured the world as Carter the Great with a full evening illusion show, bought Martinka's magic shop in 1917, sold it to Houdini in 1919 (who sold it to Frank Ducrot in 1921)

Hardeen (1876 - 1945) stage name of Theodore "Dash" Weiss, who started out with his older brother "Harry" as part of the "Houdini Brothers" act, but left to develop his own show, pairing with his brother for a time to head Houdini's film development company.

Silent Mora (1884 - 1972) stage name of Louis McCord, a beloved star of the Chataqua circuit who performed in Oriental personna, renowned for his balls and net routine, and hand-made Chinese sticks.

Cardini (1896 - 1973) stage name of Richard David Pitchford, distinguished performer of one of the most famous manipulative acts in the history of magic

Edwin Brush (1873 - 1967) prominent star of the Lyceum and Chautauqua circuits in the United States

Maurice Raymond (1877 - 1948) stage name of Morris Raymond Saunders, "The Great Raymond", who became famous touring the world

Harry Blackstone (1885 - 1965) stage name of Harry Boughton, famed illusionist whose show became synonymous the full evening magic show, and whose vanishing birdcage and dancing handkerchief, among others, became classics.

Floyd Thayer (1877 - 1959) - founder of Thayer's Magic Manufacturing, a craftsman among craftsmen known for superb workmanship in all materials, and in particular turned wood.

Carl Owen (1890 - 1975) - a woodworker who became involved with magic when he went to work for Thayer's magic company, and went on to found magic manufacturer and dealer Owen Magic

Percy Abbott (1886 - 1960) - performer turned dealer who co-founded the Blackstone Magic Company with Harry Blackstone Sr., and then founded "Abbott's" Magic Co, both in Colon Michigan, the home town of Harry Blackstone Sr.

John Petrie (1870 - 1954) - the dean of metal manufacturing, co-founder of Mysto Magic, and a founder of Petrie and Lewis (P&L)

Max Holden (1884 - 1949) - professional magician who founded the famous Max Holden Shop in New York city

Lou Tannen (1909 - 1982) - legendary Manhattan dealer in magic

La Follette (1886 - 1960) stage name of George P. Reuschling, professional magician who became the master of the "quick-change" act

Robert Nelson (1901-1973) stage mentalist extraordinaire, radio's "Voice of Destiny", and dealer in mentalism through "Nelson Enterprises" in Columbus, Ohio.

Burling Hull (1889 - 1982) The "Edison of Magic", a prolific performer, author, and inveterate inventor and marketer, whose inventions include, among others, the now ubiquitous "Svengali" deck, and whose contributions span the range of every category of magic

Will Rock (1907 - 1995) stage name of William George Rakauskas, who purchased the Thurston show in 1938 from carny operator Harry Thurston, older brother and financier of Howard Thurston

Karl Germain (1878 - 1959) one of the most brilliant minds in magic, a stage illusionist and inventor who ultimately, partly in frustration, pursued a career in law, and was ultimately afflicted by failing eyesight and blindness early in life

Dante (1883 - 1955) stage name of August Harry Jansen, an accomplished stage illusionist who toured the world with a unit of the Thurston show, and then with his own lavish stage show

McDonald Birch (1902 - 1992) professional touring stage magician and illusionist, who rose to prominence through the Lyceum and Chautauqua circuits

Eddie Joseph (1899 - 1974) a Bombay businessman of European parentage who later turned full time professional magician and prolific author, contributing numerous brilliant effects and innovative principles to magic

Dariel Fitzkee (1898 - 1977) an acoustical engineer and semi-professional magician, whose attempt at a full evening show was not entirely successful, but who left magic with a trilogy of books he authored which remain analytical standards of the magician's craft

Al Flosso (1895 - 1976) stage name of Albert Levinson "The Coney Island Fakir" who performed in carnival, circus, and Coney Island sideshows, and succeeded Frank Ducrot in 1939 as proprietor of Martnka's in New York city, when it became the "Flosso-Hornmann Magic Company".

Al Baker (1874 - 1951) professional magician who rose through the Chautauqua, established the Broadway Magic Shop in New York, and went on to become a star performer, card manipulator, innovator, and author.

Harlan Tarbell (1890 - 1960) a magician who made his living as an illustrator, in the 1920's Tarbell was hired to illustrate a magic course being written by someone else, but took over when the original author defaulted, resulting in 60 mail-order lessons which launched the famous Tarbell Course in Magic, still-in-print as the ubiquitous standard text for teaching-yourself magic

Tommy Windsor (1906 - 1978) stage name of Thomas Isaac Lowry, an assistant to MacDonald Birch who went on to become a comedy magician, ventriloquist, and dealer, immortalized by the once ubiquitous Windsor Dye Box which he invented and marketed.

Theo Annemann (1907 - 1942) professional mentalist and brilliant author, performer, and inventor, who founded and edited The Jinx; ultimately took his own life.

Richiardi Jr. (1923 - 1985) stage name of Aldo Izquierdo Colosi who toured much of the world with a stunning illusion show, son of The Great Richiardi

Joseph Dunninger (1892 - 1975) America's most famous mentalist, star of radio, stage, and television, who was one of the most popular and well-known performing personalities in the United States until his forced retirement in the 1970's arising from Parkinson's disease.

John Scarne (1903 - 1985) stage name of Orlando Carmelo Scarnecchia, professional magician, superb card manipulator, and expert on gambling, cheating, and games of skill and chance, inventing his own unique board games which rose to wild popularity in the fifties and sixties.

Walter Gibson (1897 - 1985) magician and professional writer of more than 300 novels and more than a thousand other publications including numerous magic books of all types both under his own name and as a ghost writer, creator and writer of The Shadow radio series as Maxwell Grant, one of his many pseudonyms.

Stewart James (1908 - 1996) brilliant and inventive magician and prolific author who devised numerous principles and effects, and became the subject of the largest book of magic by page-count published in English up to that time.

John Mulholland (1898 - 1970) magician, author, prolific collector of magic books and memorabilia, with a library of several thousand volumes, historian, last editor of the Sphinx, and reputedly a teacher of techniques of deception to the United States Central Intelligence Agencyo

Milbourne Christopher (1914 - 1994) magician, noted society performer, television personality on magic, inventor, historian, author, and collector who assembled a prodigious library of over 4,000 volumes including many antiquarian and rare titles.

Dai Vernon (1894 - 1991) stage name of David Frederick Wingfield, "The Professor", master magician and close-up and sleight-of-hand artist non-pareil, prolific inventor and innovator, and mentor of a generation of skilled close-up performers.

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THE BRIGHT LIGHTS OF CONJURING
The Limited Edition (on canvas),
Issued in a public edition of 430 prints, 12.5” x 18.5”, printed on fine coated linen finish gloss canvas: $196   
The Special Edition (on silver metallic foil),
limited to 10 prints for public issue,
printed on silver metallic foil, $430

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