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Eagle, George Barnardo (1806-1858)
English magician billed as "The Royal Wizard of the South". Also toured as Barnardo and Na Barno. Rival and imitator of John Henry Anderson, he published Barnardo's Handbook of Magic in 1846. A copy of a Barnardo Eagle playbill can be seen on page 63 of Magic: A Pictorial History of Conjurers in the Theater. Father of magicienne Georgiana Eagle.
Eagle, Georgiana Elizabeth (1834-1911)
English female magician, daughter of magician George Barnardo Eagle. Most famous for her second-sight act. Billed herself from 1841-46 as "The Mysterious Lady" and from 1872-86 as "Gilliland Card", Gilliland being her married name.
Easley, Bert (1904-1987)
American comedy magician, acrobat and magic dealer. His gift for specialty dancing led him to develop "The Lean", a trick in which the feet remain flat on the floor while the body leans forward until the performer is almost in a prone position, seemingly without natural support. Until 1975, he operated Bert Easley's Fun Shop in Phoenix, Arizona. Published Doing Magic for Youngsters in 1948.
Eason, Doc (b.1947)
American magician, real name William Eason. Specializes in bartender magic.
Eck, Johnny (1921-1997)
American performer (real name John Eckhart) who was born with a physical condition that made him appear as if his body had been cut off at the waist. He exhibited himself in freak shows as a Living Half-Man for many years, and appeared in the classic Tod Browning horror film Freaks (1932). With his twin brother Robert, who looked identical to Johnny except that his body was normal, he performed a strange but comical magic routine in which a man (Robert) would enter a cabinet and be sawed in two pieces by the magician. When the cabinet was opened, the legs jumped out of the cabinet and were chased around the stage by the top half of the man (Johnny), who would even run up the theater aisle propelled by his arms. The act was featured for six months in Rajah Raboid's "Mysteries of 1937" stage show.
Eckam, Elmer (1891-1963)
American magician and magic dealer, operated Art in Magic in Rochester, NY.
Edler, Karl (1877-?)
Austrian magician and ventriloquist.
Edmanson, Robert (1890-1949)
English magician and ventriloquist.
Edwards, Charlie (1883-1958)
English magician, specialist in street magic.
Elliott, Dr. James William (1874-1920)
Elliott, Mr. (?-?)
American magician, popular during the late 1700s, who was advertised as having the ability to turn members of his audience different colors.
Elmsley, Alex (1929-2006)
Scottish amateur magician and author. Inventor of the Elmsley Count, also known as the Ghost Count. Gifted mathematics and computer scholar.
Epstein, Adam (1820-1869)
Successful Polish magician who toured extensively throughout Europe in the mid-1800's. One of the first magicians to travel with his own independent show, rather than as a part of a larger circus or theatrical troupe. Died performing the dangerous Bullet Catching Act; his wand, used to ram home the balls in the rifle barrel, broke inside the gun and he was killed by wand shards.
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Fabian (1912-1965)
Falconi (?-?)
European magician who toured America during the late 1700s.
Fawkes, Isaac (? - 1731)
Early English magician. Known to have performed  the Egg Bag trick and Blooming Bush, effects still performed today.
Fay, Anna Eva (1851-1927)
Fechter, Eddie (1916-1979)
Fetsch, "Hen" (1912-1961)
Inventor of Mental Epic.
Fields, Eddie (1915-1994)
Inventor of Invisible Deck. American mentalist (with partner George Martz), card handling expert, former Coney Island sideshow magician.
Fredrik, Alexander (1878-?)
Perhaps just a legend, this performer appeared as "Fredrik the Great" on the American stage until a lawsuit forced him to abandon the name. Apparently, he had a large stock of playbills left over, which he sold to Willard the Wizard and Dante, both of whom occasionally appeared as Fredrik the Great until they used up the posters.
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Foster, Neil (1922-1988) 
American magician noted for his beautifully artistic manipulation technique, especially with the Zombie Floating Ball and fan work. Closely associated with Abbott's Magic Company, he served as vice president of the company briefly, and was responsible for reviving its TOPS magic publication. He was also a revered instructor for (and most famous student of) the Chavez School of Magic. see tribute here
Fox, Imro (1862-1910) 
German-born magician (real name Isidor Fuchs) who is credited with being the first to perform a comedy magic act as a single. His whirlwind performing style inspired Horace Goldin, who adopted it as the signature of his act. Fox began his career as a restaurant worker, then advanced to chef before becoming an entertainer. His biggest success came when he toured with Servais LeRoy and Frederick Eugene Powell as part of The Great Triple Alliance, the famous three-act touring magic show (1898-1900). Also an accomplished hand shadow artist, he wrote a book, Hand Shadows and How To Make Them, which can still be found in print today.
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Fulves, Karl
Published EPILOGUE magazine starting in 1967, focusing on advanced card magic.
Fu Manchu (see David Bamberg)
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Gabriel, Joseph (b. 1958)
American magician (real name Joseph Gabriel Wierzbicki) who gained fame with his beautiful and startling dove act which concluded with the production of two giant macaws. He was first noted as the illustrator for a number of magic books.
Gacs, Rezso (1911-1987)
Hungarian magic personality. Extremely well-known in Eastern Europe, he had a clever magic and pickpocket act. Mentor of Kovari.
Gali-Gali, Luxor (1902-?)
Egyptian magician whose real name was Mahguob Mohammed Hanafi. Though he was brought up in show business (his father was a magician also called Gali-Gali), he found his greatest fame after becoming an American citizen in 1944. He found success performing on television and in Las Vegas, and is best remembered for his cups and balls routine that ends with the production of live baby chicks.
Ganson, Jack (1886-1951)
English magician thought to be the first to specialize in bartender magic. Father of Lewis.
Ganson, Lewis (1913-1980)
English magician and author, best known for his Routined Manipulation, though he wrote nearly 60 other books on magic as well.
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Gilbert, Alfred Carleton "A.C." (1884-1961)
American magician and magic manufacturer who formed Mysto Magic Company with John Petrie in 1909. Mysto Magic Sets are highly collectible today. In 1916, he founded the A.C. Gilbert Company, producing a line of chemistry and microbiology sets that were still popular learning toys in America through the 1950s. He was a star athlete as well, holding the world's pole vaulting record in 1908 and 1909. See the A.C. Gilbert Heritage Society and this bio.
Glenroy the Midget (1887-1919)
American magician (real name Glen Mead Royston) who was one of several successful magicians of short stature.
Goldin, Horace (1874-1939)
Polish-born world-famous illusionist (real name Hyman Goldstein) noted for his lightning-fast style. One of the most important stage illusionists in history. He is credited with inventing the Sawing a Woman In Two illusion and the Buzz Saw illusion. His autobiography is It's Fun To Be Fooled (1937), and a good biography is Val Andrews' Life, Dull It Ain't (1983).
Goldston, Will (1878-1943)
Goodliffe
Real name Charles Goodliffe Neale, this British magician founded the "world's only magic weekly", ABRACADABRA.
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Gowango the Great (?-?)
American magician who was performing around 1890-1900. In the heyday of blackface performers in vaudeville, he was thought to be the only real black magician working in 1899.
Guitar, Pressley
American magician who used his real name. Inventor and magic manufacturer, specializing in trick coins. Invented Cigarette Thru Quarter.
Gunnarson, Dean (b. 1964)
Energetic escape artist; recipient of the first Houdini award; featured performer on numerous TV specials.
Gwynne, Jack (1895-1969)
One of the superstars of American magic. Illusionist who created the Temple of Benares illusion as a variation of Culpitt's Doll House illusion. Also invented the Flipover Box. Subject of Jack Gwynne: The Man, His Mind and His Royal Family of Magic by David Charvet.
Gysel, Robert H. (1880-1938)
American mentalist, specialist in lock-picking. Stage assistant to Houdini for five years.

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