Christopher, Milbourne

Magician, illusionist, author, debunker, noted collector of magicana

Price: $20.00

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(1914-1984) Baltimore-born illusionist, magic historian and author, who first came to national attention when he produced a rabbit for Mrs. Roosevelt and grandchildren during 1935 Easter Monday lawn festivities at the White House. Newsreel coverage of his performance brought his first European tour where he performed in Paris, Berlin and London. In WW II, he gave over 1000 shows for troops on tanks and flatbed trucks. He wrote or edited 23 books, including a biography of Harry Houdini, and some 10,000+ articles on magic and mentalism for nearly every magic magazine published between 1936 and 1984, and newspapers such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore News American. He had 10 TV specials (including the first on prime time network TV in the US), created 2 Broadway magic shows, an Off Broadway spectacular, starred at Madison Square Garden's "Magicworld," and performed in 72 countries. On the 50th anniversary of Houdini's death (Halloween 1926), he recreated the lecture tour Houdini was presenting at the end of his life. Christopher's trademark was a blast of fire from his hands at the most unexpected times. His dramatic feats included vanishing an elephant, and in 1957 he stunned 33 million live TV viewers by catching, in his teeth, a marked bullet fired from a high powered rifle. Christopher regarded those who claimed ESP or psychic powers to be actually using magic trickery. He wrote 3 book-length exposés regarding those he said were false seers or psychics: ESP, Seers & Psychics; Mediums, Mystics, & the Occult; and Search for the Soul. He also debunked parapsychology experiments and experimenters during his lifetime, like fellow magicians Harry Houdini & James Randi. The Society of American Magicians annually presents "The Milbourne Christopher Awards" to performing magicians and illusionists in various categories. He was elected to the Magic Hall of Fame in 1972 and was also National President of the Society of American Magicians, and President of the Parent Assembly No. 1, a post Houdini once held. He was an honorary member of magic societies throughout the world. He collected artifacts of magic's past and his collection of magicana, including the rarest of prints, playbills and posters from the Renaissance to the present, was the subject of two record-setting auctions in 1981 and 1997. 8 ½ x 3 ¾ printed promotional flyer with portrait at top and his name printed under it, with 11 newspaper quotes attesting to his skill printed below, signed with sentiment. Dated August 12 1947 (likely when received) in blue pencil on verso.

Condition: Very good, 2 light horizontal folds
Type:Signed Flyer






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