Abbott/Joseffy Project Bibliography


One of these days, I’m going to write a novel about David Abbott and early 20th century Omaha, NE (my hometown). Or maybe a book about Joseffy and his travels with the Lyceum. Maybe both. Who knows? I don’t.

Related tags: Abbott Project, magic


Magic and Related Subjects, Non-Fiction

  1. Abbott, David P. – Behind the Scenes with the Mediums
  2. Abbott, David P. w/ Teller & Todd Karr – House of Mystery
  3. Abbott, David P. – The History of a Strange Case
  4. Abbott, David P. – The Marvelous Creations of Joseffy
  5. Abbott, David P. – The Spirit Portrait Mystery: Its Final Solution
  6. Brandon, Don & Joyce Brandon – …Memoirs and Confessions of a Stage Magician
  7. Brown, Derren, – Tricks of the Mind
  8. Browne, Sylvia – Adventures of a Psychic
  9. Cai, Ning – Who is Magic Babe Ning?
  10. Dunninger, Joseph – Magic and Mystery
  11. Farrington, Elijah – Revelations of a Spirit Medium
  12. Fenton, Peter – Eyeing the Flash: The Making of a Carnival Con Artist
  13. Goldston, Will – Exclusive Magical Secrets
  14. Herrmann, Adelaide & Margaret B. Steele – Adelaide Herrmann: Queen of Magic
  15. Higher Read – Houdini: A Life Worth Reading
  16. Houdini, Harry – Miracle Mongers and their Methods
  17. Houdini, Harry – The Right Way to Do Wrong
  18. Jaher, David – The Witch of Lime Street
  19. Jay, Ricky – Learned Pigs & Fireproof Women
  20. Jarrow, Gail – The Amazing Harry Kellar
  21. Johnson, Karl – The Magician and the Cardsharp: The Search for America’s Greatest Sleight-of-Hand Artist
  22. Kreskin, T. A. & Michael McCarty – Conversations with Kreskin
  23. Lamont, Peter & Richard Wiseman – Magic in Theory
  24. Lamont, Peter – The Rise of the Indian Rope Trick
  25. Lamont, Peter & Jim Steinmeyer – The Secret History of Magic
  26. Macknik, Stephen L.& Susana Martinez-Conde, Sandra Blakeslee – Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals about Our Everyday Deceptions
  27. Ninio, Jacques – The Science of Illusions
  28. Penn & Teller’s How to Play in Traffic
  29. Penn & Teller’s How to Play with Your Food
  30. Penn & Teller’s Cruel Tricks for Dear Friends
  31. Rhindress, Adele Friel – Memoirs of an Elusive Moth
  32. Robinson, William E. – Spirit Slate Writing and Kindred Phenomena
  33. Rockliff, Mara – Anything But Ordinary Addie
  34. Sandford, Christopher – Houdini and Conan Doyle
  35. Spill, Steve – I Lie for Money
  36. Standage, Tom – The Turk
  37. Staniforth, Nate – Here is Real Magic
  38. Steinmeyer, Jim – The Glorious Deception
  39. Steinmeyer, Jim – Hiding the Elephant
  40. Steinmeyer, Jim – The Last Greatest Magician in the World
  41. Steinmeyer, Jim – “The Spider in the Flies”
  42. Stone, Alex – Fooling Houdini
  43. Thomas, Frankin A. – How to Hold Circles for the Developing Mediumship at Home
  44. Thomas, Frankin A. – Philosophy and Phenomena of Spiritualism

Magic and Related Subjects, FictionJoseffy's Hands, from The Sphinx, Vol. 30 No. 3, May 1931

  1. Armstrong, Jon – Smoke & Mirrors
  2. Blackwood, Gary L. – Curiosity
  3. Chabon, Michael – The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
  4. Copperfield, David ed. – David Copperfield’s Beyond Imagination
  5. Copperfield, David ed. – David Copperfield’s Tales of the Impossible
  6. Gaspard, John – The Ambitious Card
  7. Gaspard, John – The Bullet Catch
  8. Gaspard, John – Miser’s Dream
  9. Gaspard, John – “The Invisible Assistant”
  10. Gaspard, John – The Linking Rings
  11. Gaspard, John – The Floating Light Bulb
  12. Gold, Glen David – Carter Beats the Devil
  13. Goldman, William – Magic
  14. Lawrence, Iain – The Séance
  15. Lutes, Jason (writer) & Nick Bertozzi (Illustrator) – Houdini: The Handcuff King
  16. Kelly, Victoria – Mrs. Houdini
  17. Mannetti, Lisa – The Box Jumper
  18. Mason, Lisa – “Every Mystery Unexplained”
  19. Matheson, Richard – Now You See It . . .
  20. Millhauser, Steven – “Eisenheim the Illusionist”
  21. Prasil, Tim – Help for the Haunted
  22. Priest, Christopher – The Prestige
  23. Rawson, Clayton – Death from a Top Hat
  24. Selznick, Brian – The Houdini Box
  25. Stashower, Daniel – The Adventure of the Ectoplasmic Man
  26. Stern, Steve – “Hyman the Magnificent”

General History, Omaha, and the Midwest

  1. Bristow, David L. – A Dirty, Wicked Town: Tales of 19th Century Omaha
  2. Coffey, Marilyn – Thieves, Rascals, and Sore Losers
  3. Menard, Orville D. – River City Empire: Tom Dennison’s Omaha
  4. Sandburg, Carl – Smoke and Steel & Slabs of the Sunburnt West
  5. Wheeler, Theodore – On the River, Down Where They Found Willy Brown


Magic and Related Subjects, Non-Fiction

  • Dunningers Complete Encyclopedia Of Magic by Joseph Dunninger
  • Houdini on Magic by Harry Houdini
  • The Life and Many Deaths of Harry Houdini by Ruth Brandon
  • World’s Best Card Tricks by Bob Longe
  • The Expert at the Card Table: The Classic Treatise on Card Manipulation by S.W. Erdnase
  • Linking Rings: William W. Durbin and the Magic and Mystery of America by James David Robenalt
  • Facts, Frauds, & Phantasms: A Survey of the Spiritualist Movement by Georgess McHargue
  • The Great Illusionists by Edwin A Dawses

Magic and Related Subjects, Fictionabbott

  • The Spirit Cabinet by Paul Quarrington
  • The Magician by Sol Stein
  • The Final Confession of Mabel Stark by Robert Hough
  • Inamorata by Jospeh Gangemi
  • The Great Balsamo by Maurice Zolotow
  • Nothing Up His Sleeve by Geraldine Larsen

General History, Omaha, and the Midwest

  • Barrelhouse Boys by Joel Williamson
  • Kings of Broken Things by Theodore Wheeler

* List does not include ebooks. A more complete list of what I own and what I want to read exists at Goodreads.


3 thoughts on “Abbott/Joseffy Project Bibliography

  1. I recreated the Mystic Oracle of the Swinging Pendulums from the Abbott book and presented it to Psychic Entertainers Association meeting in Portland last year.

    1. How neat! I’m in the midst of putting together collection of the articles that Abbott wrote for The Open Court magazine. I believe he touches on the pendulums briefly in one of the articles. It would be great to see any of his works performed.

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