Cover of Genii (1950)
|Born||Dariel Comp Fitzkee|
May 13, 1898
|Died||April 06, 1977 (age 78) |
Dariel Fitzkee (1898-1977) was the pen name of Dariel Fitzroy. An acoustical engineer by profession, he was a semi-professional magician/author. His trilogy (Showmanship for Magicians, The Trick Brain and Magic by Misdirection), also known as The Fitzkee Trilogy, is considered by many to be an important contribution to the theory of magic.
Dariel Fitzkee was born Dariel Comp Fitzkee May 13 1989 in Annawan, Illinois. He legally changed his name to "Fitzroy" during WW-2. He continued to use "Fitzkee" on his magical publications, however save for copyright notice. Starting in 1937, Fitzkee began a column in Genii called "Thoughts are Things" and then in October, 1938 once called "Glimpses of Strange Shadows" which was to run almost two years. Then starting in March, 1944 Dariel began the monthly column of book and magazine reviews for Genii entitled Paper and Ink which ran for over 12 years.
Fitzkee eventually withdrew from magic and started a career in acoustics and sound engineering. He would even be made a "Fellow" of the Acoustical Society of America (it's highest honor) even though entirely self taught.
In Steve Martin's memoir, Born Standing Up, comedian and one-time magician describes Fitzkee's Showmanship for Magicians as "more important to me than The Catcher In The Rye," adding that they were, coincidentally, distant relatives by marriage.
It's also been told that Tommy Wonder learned English just so he could read Fitzkee's trilogy.
- Cut and Restored Rope Manipulation (1929)
- Jumbo Card Manipulation (1929)
- Linking Ring Manipulation (1930)
- Misdirection for Magicians (1935)
- Contact Mind Reading Expanded (1935)
- The Strange Invention of Dr Ervin (1937)
- Showmanship for Magicians (1943)
- The Only Six Ways To Restore a Rope (1944) Reprint as Rope Eternal in 1957.
- The Trick Brain (1944)
- Magic by Misdirection (1945)
- Rings in your Fingers (1946)
- The Card Expert Entertains (1948)
- Finding Dariel Fitzkee: The Man with the Trick Brain by David Goodsell (2009) 
- ↑ The Linking Ring, Vol. 88, N. 10, October 2008, Finding Dariel Fitzkee By David Goodsell, page 72
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- Genii Magazine, Vol. 4, No. 7, March 1940, Dariel Fitzkee and His Show, A Review of Fitzkee's International Magicians in Action by WM. W. LARSEN, page 217
- The Sphinx, Vol. 43, No. 6, August 1944, You Should Know Dariel Fitzkee, page 140
- Cover Genii Magazine, Vol. 14, No. 5, January 1950, DARIEL FITZKEE, page 133
- Genii Magazine, Vol. 41, No. 4, April 1977, Obituaries, DARIEL FITZKEE, page 238
- The New Tops, Vol. 17, No. 5, May 1977, Final Curtain, DARIEL FITZKEE, page 11
- M-U-M, Vol. 67, No. 1, June 1977, BROKEN WANDS, Dariel Fitzkee, page 34