De Vega

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De Vega

Cover of Sphinx (June 1913)
BornAlexander Mackay Stewart
September 10, 1892
Glasgow, Scotland
DiedJanuary 09, 1971 (age 78)

De Vega (September 10, 1892 - January 9, 1971) traveled around Scotland with his own full length evening show and knew most of the "greats" in the golden age of magic.

Biography

He contributed to many magazines. His first was in 1909 when he began writing for The Sphinx.[1] Then for The Magic Wand, Sterling's Magical World and Spitari's Wizard's Annuals.

He was a founding member of the Scottish Conjurers Association, a member of the Inner Magic Circle of over 50 years, a member of the British Ring and an Honorary Vice-President of Hull Magicians' Circle.

He invented the Divided Lady illusion which is said to have inspired Robert Harbin's illusion Zig-Zag Girl.

Books

A Whirlwind of Wizardry (1919) with Chris Van Bern

  • Selected Secrets (1926)
  • Patterettes (1929)
  • Summertime Sorcery (1939)
  • Formula X (1947)
  • The Devil's Whisper (1948)

References

  1. Cover, The Sphinx, Vol. 30, No. 8, October 1931
  • The Gen, Vol. 19, Vol. 8, December 1963, Cover, De Vega, page 197, From The Gen Desk, page 199, De Vega’s Stage Act, described by Eddie Dawes, page 222
  • The World’s Fair, Saturday, January 16, 1971, ABOUT MAGICIANS, by Bayard, Grimshaw, page 8
  • Goodliffe's Abracadabra, Vol. 51, No 1303, January 1971, DE VEGA ALEXANDER MACKAY STEWART, page 35
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 51, No. 7, July 1971, Broken Wands, ALEXANDER MACKAY STEWART DE VEGA, page 107
  • The Magic Circular, Vol. 88, No. 946, June 1994, A Rich Cabinet of Magical Curiosities, by Edwin A. Dawes, 202. Houdini, De Vega and the Crewe Circle of Spirit Photographers, page 86
  • The Magic Circular, Vol. 93, No. 997, August 1999, A Rich Cabinet of Magical Curiosities, by Edwin A. Dawes, 250. De Vega the Mysterious: a Pillar of Scottish Magic, page 178
  • The Magic Circular, Vol. 93, No. 998, September 1999, A Rich Cabinet of Magical Curiosities, by Edwin A. Dawes, 251. De Vega the Mysterious: a Whirlwind of Authorship, page 220
  • The Magic Circular, Vol. 93, No. 999, October 1999, A Rich Cabinet of Magical Curiosities, by Edwin A. Dawes, 252. De Vega and his Friendship with Houdini, page 258
  • The Magic Circular, Vol. 93, No. 1001, December 1999, A Rich Cabinet of Magical Curiosities, by Edwin A. Dawes, 254. De Vega, the Magical Societies of Glasgow, and the Great Harbin Zig-Zag Controversy, page 346
  • The Magic Circular, Vol. 94, No. 1002, A Rich Cabinet of Magical Curiosities, by Edwin A. Dawes, 255. De Vega: his Chemical Magic, Pyrotechnics and Physiotherapy, page 30
  • http://magicpostcards.wordpress.com/2010/10/22/de-vega/
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