FAMOUS MAGICIANS OF THE PAST
Giuseppe De Willedall Pinetti (1750 - 1800) was born in
Orbetello, a small town once claimed by Tuscany. He had a
good education and started his career as a teacher.
However, his love of the mysterious and charlatanism led
him to take up the more picturesque life of a traveling
performer. He won fame in Paris, where in 1784 he
appeared before the court of Louis XVI. At this time, all
Europe had been aroused to a new interest in magic by
In England he created the same sensation that he had
in France, playing at the Haymarket in London. He went
then to Germany, playing Berlin and Hamburg. After a
brief return to his native Italy, he came back to
Germany. From there he went to Russia in 1789, remaining
there for the rest of his life. He would have left
enormous wealth, but in his later years became interested
in ballooning, the sensation of the day, spending his
entire fortune on balloon experiments. He died in
Bartichoff, Volhinie (Russia).
Pinetti, a man of rare and inventive genius. almost
reconstructed the art of conjuring with his numerous
inventions. For half a century following his death his
successors drew upon his inventions and repertory for
their own programs.
According to the late Sydney W. Clarke, an authority
of magic history, Fawkes dominated the first half of the
18th century, and Pinetti dominated the second half.
(From notes by Houdini)
By popular demand we are starting our Junior Magic Club.
We discovered that there are many young men, and girls,
too, who are really rarin' to go in magic and want to
meet others who are also interested. Since a magician
can't tell his secrets to anyone, he can't ask for advice
when he comes to problems, but from the club members,
watching him work, will come advice and criticism which
mean so much to anyone who wants to learn.
We have set a limit on the age, and that
is age 12 and up. Of course younger magicians may come as
guests of a club member.
As mentioned elsewhere in this paper,
the first meeting in our new store is to be on March 6 at
7:45 PM. All members will bring a trick to show the
others, or something that they need help with.
The meeting will be held in the
basement, where plans are being made for a more permanent
stage and clubroom, and which will be temporarily fixed
up for the purpose.
We didn't realize that so many young
ladies were interested in Magic, or are they only
interested in magicians? But girls are welcome to join up
(Continued in next column)
Residents of Nutley in the Adult Night School are now
able to learn Magic from Professor Collins. For more
information about this
special Magic course, check either with the school or
with Professor Collins at the store.
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The Club will work together on projects and giving
shows. Demonstrations and lectures on magic will be given
by club members or occasionally a professional magician
Sometimes members will get together and give a show,
one working as a magician, the others as assistants. In
this way, each
member will be brought to a better understanding of just
what is included in that little word "Magic."
After an absence of almost four weeks, it feels good
to get the old paper back into circulation, but it will
be some time before the store is finally back to normal,
because of the improvements to be put in the basement and
the time consuming job of sorting that is still going on.
But we invite you all to come and see the new building.
After all, we did all the expanding just son we could fit
more into the store. So pay us a call, and give us all
your latest news for our paper.
MAGIC NEWS AND VIEWS
Jack Miller lectured and demonstrated to the Al Minder
Ring last Feb. 12th.
And Charles Miller was present at the Magic Round Table
on February 11, to give a highly interesting lecture and
We see more and more Magic and magicians on T.V. Look
at your local listings for the times and stations. We
will try to announce
dates in advance, but in a paper like this it is hard to
keep news like that (current) and we would appreciate our
readers keeping us up to date on all the T.V.
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