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

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

General History, Omaha, and the Midwest


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
  • …Memoirs and Confessions of a Stage Magician by Don & Joyce Brandon
  • The Science of Illusions by Jacques Ninio
  • Houdini and Conan Doyle by Christopher Sandford

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
  • Eyeing the Flash: The Making of a Carnival Con Artist by Peter Fenton
  • Inamorata by Jospeh Gangemi
  • The Great Balsamo by Maurice Zolotow

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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