No. 176

August 2010

Contents

Words of Welcome, David Ben • 4
The Journey to Find Frederick Bancroft, Gary Hunt • 6
The Road to Research and Beyond, Diego Domingo • 14
Dating Germain, Dustin Stinett • 28
Opportunity Knocks: Chicago’s Magic Legacy, Neil Tobin • 35

Conference Corner

41st Annual Magic Collectors Weekend, James Alan • 40

Book Reviews

Beating a Dead Horse, Clay H. Shevlin • 46
Disappearing Tricks: Silent Film, Houdini, and the
New Magic of the Twentieth Century, Joe Culpepper • 52
When Thurston Came to Town, James Alan • 53
Tales from the Uncanny Scot; Annie Abbott; Magic and Law, David Ben • 54 

Martin Gardner: An Appreciation, Richard Hatch • 56