The Origins of Wonder
On this site, the history and origins of magical sleights, plots and concepts are examined and traced back to their known origins.
In the mid-1980s, Stephen Minch and Max Maven began keeping a file of their research and others' into the history of conjuring. Desiring to share this information with other researchers, writers and students of performance magic, they envisioned a free website that would make this possible. Roberto Giobbi suggested that Denis Behr might be willing to create such a site and organize the information into searchable articles. Denis accepted the daunting task and took it further than Minch and Maven had envisioned, by installing valuable links to the Conjuring Arts Research Center's AskAlexander and his own Conjuring Archive, making the site an extremely powerful research tool.
As the site was being developed and refined, Behr and Aurelio Paviato added further information, and William Kalush and Dan Smith generously provided their resources, talents and time to the project.
We thank in advance all those who will join us in this effort to document the history of theatrical conjuring, and we hope this select group includes you!
Please Note: Don't take anything for granted. Research is constantly updated. Check the sources, look it up, verify the information! No site can cover everything, and this one is no exception. Use it in conjunction with other sites, such as Genii's MagicPedia, Denis Behr's Conjuring Archive and AskAlexander. And if something looks wrong:
If you have any information you would like to share, or if you find errors on this site (factual, typos, corrupted links, etc.), please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. You will find a direct link on the right side of the credit articles for reporting those errors. Help us make this site better.
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