MEDICAL HYPNOSIS, MAGNETIC HYPNOTISM AS A HEALING POWER AND THERAPEUTICAL AGENT IN THE TREATMENT OF PHYSICAL AND MENTAL AILMENTS — BY L.W. DE LAURENCE, 1925 (New Revised Edition) — PROVENANCE, PERSONAL COPY OF MERLIN (George Boston), FAMOUS MID-CENTURY MAGICIAN — Mind Control, Occult, Hypnosis, Mystical Powers, Telepathy
Publisher: De Laurence Co., Chicago (1925)
Full title: MEDICAL HYPNOSIS, MAGNETIC HYPNOTISM AS A HEALING POWER AND THERAPEUTICAL AGENT IN THE TREATMENT OF PHYSICAL AND MENTAL AILMENTS. By L.W. de Laurence; revised edition from 1925 (sixth edition, per the preface). 256 pages. Gilt owl design on front and gilt sunburst on spine. Overall in excellent condition save slight wear to board corners. Pages are free of interior markings save bookplate on first blank page of MERLIN (George Boston) — please see below for more information on this noteworthy magician. Purchased at auction with other books belonging to him.
Merlin / George Boston
(1905-1975) American magician who had a career as stage
manager (and sometimes stage assistant) for the Duval Brothers (1924-28), Birch
(1928), Howard Thurston (1928), Harry Thurston (1931-32), Carter (1933), Bird
(1936), Mel-Roy (1937), Virgil (1937), Will Rock (1938), Nicola (1938) and
Blackstone Sr. (1943). Taught magic to Tony Curtis for his role in the 1953
movie Houdini. Attended the Final Houdini Seance in 1937 with Bess Houdini, and
provided the voice narration for the recording of the event. After being fired
by so many top magicians because of his extreme moodiness and erratic behavior,
he launched his own performing career as a mentalist. For a few years, he
worked clubs as "Merlin, the Man of 1000 Mysteries". In 1948, he
began a long employment at the Abbott's Magic Shop branch in Los Angeles.