1901 – Magic by Ellis Stanyon – First Edition – Explanations of well known illusions.
William Ellis Stanyon (January 1870 – September 1951) was a professional magician and magic dealer London.
Stanyon published and edited his own journal known as Magic.
The journal’s aim was to popularize the Art of Sleight of Hand.It was first published from October 1900 and ran for 177 issues with a break during World War I. The final issue was published in June 1920.
Stanyon in his journal published a method of escaping from packed boxes. Biographer Kenneth Silverman has written that the magician Harry Houdini accused Stanyon of having posted a bounty of several pounds for his secrets.Houdini dismissed the methods purveyed by Stanyon and others as being nothing like his own.
Magic historian Henry R. Evans wrote that Stanyon was “one of the most prolific writers on legerdemain in the world, and his hand-books on magic are largely sought after.”
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