Massachusetts: c. 1930. 8 ½ by 11 inch leatherette binder filled with correspondence. Item #List313
An interesting small archive of material from the semi-professional club magician George Corrigan, consisting of letters written by other magicians, most concerning the sale and trade of tricks. Corregan was the managing editor of the Sphinx, published by Boston Assembly No. 9, and wrote a humorous personal interest column. He also, like many magicians of the era, traded tricks. According to Magicpedia, Corregan, “ran a humorous personal-interest column, headed as "Dear Uncle Koko, Esq." It was years before members realized that the initials of the heading spelled out a clue to the unknown author, "D-U-K-E". Corregan contributed his magical ideas to the Sphinx. His Four Ace Trick, published in 1922 was a favorite of Ted Annemann. He also marketed "Be a Human Calendar" and "Unkle Koko's Kloryphyll Kard Trick". He authored a column "Spilling the Beans" in The Seven Circles in the 1930s.”
Some entertaining material is included here, particularly the effusive letters of Corregan’s colleagues trying to upsell their tricks or engage in small time bartering: “Perhaps you think I am trying to pull the wool over your eyes in our transaction regarding my item Cig-o-Jest…” Over 75 unique, some in duplicate, including correspondence, trick want lists, two realphoto postcards and unused stationery. We have kept the material as found, loosely inserted into a leatherette binder. An interesting window into the life of a small time touring magician and magic writer circa 1930. Generally very good, with some normal wear and some mimeographed pages showing normal chipping.