Professor Hoffmann

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Professor Hoffmann
BornAngelo John Lewis
July 23, 1839
London [1]
DiedDecember 23, 1919 (age 80)
Bexhill, Sussex [2]
CategoriesBooks by Professor Hoffmann

Professor Louis Hoffmann (July 23, 1839 - December 23, 1919), born Angelo John Lewis in England, was a lawyer, professor and the leading writer on magic, games, amusements and puzzles of his time.


He wrote a series of articles on magic for a boy's magazine (Every Boy's Annual) that was later expanded into his book Modern Magic. The pen name, Professor Hoffman, was used because he feared that his professional prospects as a lawyer would be injured if it became known that he possessed such an intimate knowledge of the arts of deception.

He was also the author of a novel for kids entitled, Conjurer Dick (1886).

Another one is named The Haunted Hat. If someone knows when it was published...

Magic related books


  1. Books at Brown, VOLUME XXXIV, 1987, ©1989 Brown University, Professor Hoffmann and his Modern Magic, page 80
  2. James - Haxton Correspondence No. 11 1964-1967, 15th April 1966, page 403
  3. Hoffmann's Five Foot Shelf of Magic by H. Adrian Smith in Tops, Vol. 1, no. 12, december 1936, page 47.
  • Photo Genii 1951 May
  • The Sphinx, Vol. XXXVIII, No. Six, August 1939, Professor Louis Hoffmann's Centennial, Biograhy, page 155
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