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E. S. Burns

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E. S. Burns

Cover of Sphinx (July 1903)
BornEmil (Sorenson or Sorensen) Burns

E. S. Burns (1874-?) was the proprietor of the Atlas Novelty Company of Chicago, Illinois (later renamed the Atlas Trick and Novelty Co.)


The Atlas Novelty Company specialty was furnishing conjurers with magical apparatus of all description.

Burns began performing at the age of 15 and was one of the first in Chicago to join the Society of American Magicians. He was the Chicago reporter for the Sphinx magazine, starting with Volume 2 in 1903.[1]

Burns was nominated by Hurt McDermott in his book "Artifice, Ruse & Erdnase" as a possible dark-horse candidate as the identity of S. W. Erdnase. Hurt summarizes though with "The only problem is there is no evidence.


  1. Sphinx (July 1903)