H. J. Burlingame
|H. J. Burlingame|
|Born||Hardin Jasper Burlingame|
June 14, 1852
|Died||August 27, 1915 (age 63) |
H. J. Burlingame (1852 - 1915) was a professional magician for a brief time but more noted as a magic dealer and author.
His father and mother were among the earliest settlers of Chicago. After living in Wisconsin for some time, they moved back to Chicago. When he was about twenty, Burlingame went to Holland, subsequently traveling throughout Europe on foot as correspondent for an American paper.
After having returned to live in Chicago for some years he returned to Europe and made a professional tour as a conjurer. He then came back to America, residing in Baltimore and Cincinnati, finally back to his old home of Chicago to settle down.
At one point, operated 3 businesses at the same time. Chas. L. Burlingame & Co. (manufacturing apparatus and illusions), Ralph E. Sylvestre & Co. (specializing in stage mindreading and fake mediums) and George L. Williams & Co. (for the general public)
- Leaves from Conjurers' Scrap Books (1891)
- Around the World with a Magician and a Juggler (1891)
- Tricks in Magic, Illusions and Mental Phenomena, Vol. I (1895)
- Tricks in Magic, Illusions and Mental Phenomena, Vol. II (1896)
- Herrmann The Magician: His Life, His Secrets (1897)
- Tricks in Magic, Illusions and Mental Phenomena, Vol. III (1898) which contains "Bibliotheca Magica", one of the first comprehensive bibliographies on magic.
- How To Read People's Minds (1905)
- Magician's Handbook: Tricks and Secrets of the World's Greatest Magician Herrmann The Great (1942)