Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Harry Cooke Biography Is Available


I'm very excited to learn that Mark Cannon has finished his book on Horatio Green Cooke. I first learned of Cooke through an article that Cannon wrote for the M-U-M Magazine. I began my own research on the man shortly after. I've written articles for this blog and done a podcast on Cooke. Whenever I write, or speak on Cooke, I ALWAYS mention Mark Cannon because he really brought the story of Cooke back to life.

How Mark came to discover Cooke is amazing in itself. He was doing a show at a Senior Citizens home, and it just turned out that one of Harry Cooke's daughters was in the audience. She spoke to Mark about her father. He had no idea who she was speaking of. But clearly he paid attention when she brought out his diary and scrapbook. Eventually, Cooke's daughter gave these things to Mark, along with a unique lock that Cooke had made for Houdini. 

NOW, Mark has written a biography on Harry Cooke. I do not yet have my copy (it's on the way).  This is not a review of the book, but I will put one out once I read the book. I'm so thrilled that Mark got this book done. For the past few years, I've kept carrying the water for Cooke, but now Mark is going to give the full story of this unique individual. 

If you'd like to read some of my articles on Harry Cooke:

To hear my podcast on Cooke:

To purchase a copy of the book, click this link:

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Updates to the Magic Detective Blog

 After working on my previous podcast and seeing the amount of work and research that went into  it, I've decided that the future podcasts will all be transcribed with notes and references over here on the blog. I had started to do that in the past but got away from it.

By doing that I may also change the podcast narrative a bit, by not giving all the references while I'm talking. But instead, give a cleaner narrative. I'm sure I'll still mention a newspaper here and there but if you want to find the place I found the information, it will be over here on the blog. 

Tonight I have an interview with a fellow for the next podcast. It's all for information because the fellow I'm interviewing was a student and close friend of the podcasts subject. No, I'm not revealing who it is yet, lol. But I am expecting to get some great info. WHEN will it go out? Not saying, because if I say soon, it will take me forever, lol. Dont want to curse myself. 

By the way, if you have magic history news or stuff you'd like to share in regards to your collection or magic history on the Facebook GROUP page, please feel free to do so. IF you are not already a member of the group,  and send me a request. I have only ever turned down one person who appeared to be a BOT and not a real person. 

Friday, April 23, 2021

The Anamorphic World of Judge Gary Brown

 Judge Gary Brown is a friend of mine, I state that up front. But even with that, he is able to create some of the coolest effects. He has a rather large repertoire of original material, some very off beat and yet quite remarkable.

His latest creation was his website And being the genius that he is, he created this brilliant way to drive traffic to his website. He created a playing card size 'activity card' filled with optical illusions galore.  It's printed front and back with some very unusual artwork. From his own write up, "This priceless marvel contains TWO MIND-BLOWING SCIENTIFIC OPTICAL ILLUSIONS guaranteed to BAFFLE and AMAZE! And, as if that weren't enough, the card also contains more than  a half dozen hidden magical messages using ARCHAIC SYMBOLS and MODERN CODES developed over some 3,000 years, encompassing  everything from ANCIENT WISDOM to SPACE AGE ALGORITHMS."

In other words, it's very cool AND here is the great news, you can get one for FREE. You'll need to send Judge Gary a Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope. For you younger readers, you may need to see if there is a Youtube tutorial for that. For everyone else, just go to and click the link for the Free Magic! Enjoy.