Abbott/Joseffy Project Bibliography


One of these days, I still might write a full-length novel about David P. Abbott and/or Joseffy, but in the meantime, I’m writing One Ahead mystery novellas. Check out the first one: The Case of the Sorrowful Seamstress.

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. Fajuri, Gabe – Laurant: The Man of Many Mysteries
  12. Farrington, Elijah – Revelations of a Spirit Medium
  13. Fenton, Peter – Eyeing the Flash: The Making of a Carnival Con Artist
  14. Frisch, Ian – Magic is Dead
  15. Goldston, Will – Exclusive Magical Secrets
  16. Haskins, James – Conjure Times: Black Magicians in America
  17. Herrmann, Adelaide & Margaret B. Steele – Adelaide Herrmann: Queen of Magic
  18. Higher Read – Houdini: A Life Worth Reading
  19. Houdini, Harry – Miracle Mongers and their Methods
  20. Houdini, Harry – The Right Way to Do Wrong
  21. Jaher, David – The Witch of Lime Street
  22. Jay, Ricky – Learned Pigs & Fireproof Women
  23. Jarrow, Gail – The Amazing Harry Kellar
  24. Johnson, Karl – The Magician and the Cardsharp: The Search for America’s Greatest Sleight-of-Hand Artist
  25. Kreskin, T. A. & Michael McCarty – Conversations with Kreskin
  26. Lamont, Peter & Richard Wiseman – Magic in Theory
  27. Lamont, Peter – The Rise of the Indian Rope Trick
  28. Lamont, Peter & Jim Steinmeyer – The Secret History of Magic
  29. Macknik, Stephen L.& Susana Martinez-Conde, Sandra Blakeslee – Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals about Our Everyday Deceptions
  30. Ninio, Jacques – The Science of Illusions
  31. Penn & Teller’s How to Play in Traffic
  32. Penn & Teller’s How to Play with Your Food
  33. Penn & Teller’s Cruel Tricks for Dear Friends
  34. Rhindress, Adele Friel – Memoirs of an Elusive Moth
  35. Robinson, William E. – Spirit Slate Writing and Kindred Phenomena
  36. Rockliff, Mara – Anything But Ordinary Addie
  37. Sandford, Christopher – Houdini and Conan Doyle
  38. Spill, Steve – I Lie for Money
  39. Standage, Tom – The Turk
  40. Staniforth, Nate – Here is Real Magic
  41. Steinmeyer, Jim – The Glorious Deception
  42. Steinmeyer, Jim – Hiding the Elephant
  43. Steinmeyer, Jim – The Last Greatest Magician in the World
  44. Steinmeyer, Jim – “The Spider in the Flies”
  45. Stone, Alex – Fooling Houdini
  46. Thomas, Frankin A. – How to Hold Circles for the Developing Mediumship at Home
  47. Thomas, Frankin A. – Philosophy and Phenomena of Spiritualism
  48. Thompkins, Matthew – The Spectacle of Illusion by Matthew

Magic and Related Subjects, Fiction

Joseffy'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
  • Edison’s Eve by Gaby Wood

Magic and Related Subjects, Fiction

  • 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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