No. 187

May 2014

Contents

Words of Welcome, David Ben • 4
Observations of an Autograph Collector, Gabe Fajuri • 6
The Houdini Autograph Automaton & Writing Machines
through the Ages, Dustin Stinett • 20
The Evolution of Dai Vernon’s Autograph, Larry Horowitz & Steve Schlanger • 30
A Paper Mirror, Elaine Charal • 42 

Conference Corner

Washington Symposium on Magic History, Bruce J. Averbook • 55
5th European Magic History Conference, James Smith • 61
XVII Los Angeles Conference on Magic History, Michael Claxton • 69 

Book Reviews
Reviewed by James Alan & Bill Mullins 

Jarrow “The Humorist Trickster” Life of a Vaudeville Headliner • 76
Breslaw’s Last Legacy – Thomas Moore Editions • 77
Wonders and The Conference Illusions • 78
Non Plus Ultra, Volumes 1 & 2 • 79
Gibecière, Journal of the Conjuring Arts Research Center, Vol. 8 No. 2, Summer 2013 & Vol. 9, No. 1, Winter 2014 • 80
Undiluted Hocus-Pocus • 81 

“I’ve Seen Your Work”, David Ben & Bob Farmer • 84