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Magic related events from the year 2009.

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Selected events

  • Franz Harary helps a dance team perform magic on the television show "America's Dance Crew."
  • Siegfried & Roy performed one last time at a fundraiser for the Lou Ruvo Brain Institute which airs on ABC's 20/20.
  • "Masters of Illusion" television series debuts.
  • FISM was held in China
  • Jay Mattioli and Drew Thomas competed on the television show "America's Got Talent."
  • The film "Is Anybody There?" is released starring Michael Caine as a retired magician in a retirement home who becomes friends with a young boy that lives there.
  • Houdini's Magic Shop takes over Disneyland's Main Street Magic Shop in California.
  • During the Oscars, Philippe Petit performs a French Drop coin vanish during the acceptance speech by the producers of the film "Man On Wire".
  • Ed Alonzo tours with Britney Spears featuring illusions.
  • On March 8, the Academy of Magical Arts awards Magician of the Year to Guy Hollingworth, Masters Fellowship to Dominique, Lifetime Achievement to Bob Fitch, Performing Fellowship to Celeste Evans and Performing Fellowship to Howie Schwarzman.
  • Goodliffe’s Abra weekly magic magazine ceased publication after 63 years and 3,296 issues.
  • Rob Stiff of Magic Makers acquired S.S. Adams.
  • Abbott’s Magic introduces an online version of New Tops called Newest Tops.
  • The FISM took place in Beijing, China with The Grand Prix awarded to Shawn Farquhar for Close-Up and Soma for Stage Magic.
  • Eric DeCamps is selected as the Dean of SAM Assembly #1 in New York.
  • Max Maven resigned as the Director of Entertainment at the Magic Castle.
  • David Meyer announces his retirement editing Magicol, the organ of the Magic Collectors' Association. It was transferred into the care of Magicana, a not-for-profit arts organization by David Ben.
  • The American Museum of Magic in Marshall, Michigan hired Jeffrey Taylor as its first full-time salaried director.
  • Paul Harris awarded the 27th "Louie Award" from Tannen’s Magic
  • MagicPedia surpasses 4,000 articles.

Books and DVDs

In Memoriam

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In 1959:

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In 1909:

  • The Sphinx became the official organ of the Society of American Magicians.
  • Magic Periodicals Boy Magician by Charles J. Hagen and Edwards' Monthly by W.G. Edwards began publishing
  • The Bamberg Magic & Novelty Co. opened at 1193 Broadway, New York City
  • Louis Tannen was born
  • Burling Hull created and patented the Svengali Deck.
  • Cambridge University's magic organization "The Mystics" was founded.
  • Mysto Magic Company was formed
  • Magic illustrator Nelson C. Hahne was born
  • The official magic periodical of the Australian Society of Magicians, The Magic Mirror began publishing.
  • Sidney Clarke began editing the Magic Circular
  • Leon Herrmann died
  • Books published:
    • The Art of Modern Conjuring and Drawing Room Entertainment (Anonymous)
    • Wonderful Mysteries Fully Explained (Anonymous)
    • Tricks for Everyone (David Devant)
    • The Art of Magic (T. Nelson Downs)
    • The Magician Annual 1908/09 (Will Goldston)
    • Chapeaugraphy, Shadowgraphy and Paper Folding (Hercat)
    • Some Modern Conjuring (Donald Holmes)
    • Deviltry (Burling Hull)
    • Scientific Magical Experiments (Prof. William Kirsch)
    • Chemistry in Magic (William M. Linnett)
    • Protection (Joseph Meyer)
    • Thought Reading Exposed (Albert Morrow)
    • Secrets of the Great Mysteries (Oudini)
    • Amateur Conjuring (William Russell)
    • Tricks and Puzzles for Winter Evenings (William Russell)
    • Fire and Chemical Magic for Drawing-Room and Stage, 3rd Series (Ellis Stanyon)
    • New Handkerchief Tricks, 2nd Series (Ellis Stanyon)
    • Problems in Mystery for Practical Magicians (Max Sterling)