Category Archives: magic history

Cardistry in 1899

By Tom Interval Modern cardistry, the art of card flourishing and manipulation for the sole purpose of showing off, dates back to about the early 2000s with its pioneers Brian Tudor and Dan and Dave Buck. Although its origin is … Continue reading

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The Greenhouse Effect: David Kotkin’s Early Magic Exposure and Performances

By Tom Interval Update, Oct. 12, 2019, 8:17 a.m.: David Copperfield retweeted this article, thanking me and referring to it as “Amazing detective work.” He also offered his own memories, clarifications, and corrections in the Twitter thread. Instead of updating … Continue reading

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Houdini’s Birth: 1986 Blurb Incorrectly Corrects Me

By Tom Interval For those who know anything about Harry Houdini, the stats of his birth are not controversial. The master showman and mystifier was born Erik Weisz in Budapest, Hungary, on March 24, 1874. After he and his family … Continue reading

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