I like Mondays. On Monday, I am refreshed from the weekend and exhilarated by the possibilities of the week ahead. I also like magic. I like its history, its intersection with technology, and its crafty use of human nature. I figured I’d combine the two and make a Monday feature that is truly me: a little bit of magic and a look at the week ahead.
Happy Birthday, David P. Abbott!
David Phelps Abbott (1863 – 1934) was a magician, author and inventor who created such effects as the floating ball, later made famous by Okito. The best known of his books is Behind the Scenes with the Mediums (1907) considered to be one of the best exposures of the tricks used by mediums. One exposure being the “spirit portrait paintings” by the Bangs Sisters.
Though well-respected, David Abbott rarely performed in public, preferring instead to give private performances in his home in Omaha, Nebraska. I’ve been on-again/off-again working on a fiction project featuring Mr. Abbott.
Poking around the internet this morning I found that “Fraudulent Spiritualism Unveiled” has been given the LibriVox treatment:
What Am I Reading?
I’ll be finishing The Haunting of Hill House today or tomorrow. On the heels of the Golem of Prague’s cameo in Kavalier & Clay, I decided I wanted to read The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker. Fortuitously, it was available via the digital library.
What Am I Writing?
I can’t say I’m burning up the pages, but work on In Need of Luck is going steadily if slowly.
So, what are you reading? Any magic, literal or figurative, to share?