THE LAW OF PSYCHIC PHENOMENA - Hudson, 1895, Copy of Famous Magician - HYPNOTISM
THE LAW OF PSYCHIC PHENOMENA, 1895 — By Thomson Jay Hudson Hudson — PROVENANCE, PERSONAL COPY OF MERLIN (George Boston), FAMOUS MID-CENTURY MAGICIAN — Mind Control, Occult, Hypnosis, Mystical Powers, Telepathy
Publisher: A.C. McClurg and Company, Chicago (1895)
"The Law of Psychic Phenomena: A Working Hypothesis for the Systematic Study of Hypnotism, Spiritism, Mental Therapeutics, Etc." by Thomson J. Hudson. Published Chicago, by A.C. McClurg and Company in 1895. (Second edition?) A very famous book and often reproduced, it covers hypnotism, mesmerism, psycho-therapeutics, spritism and other topics. 409pp. Dark blue boards. In well preserved condition, with only slight lean and wear to boards. Personal copy of Merlin (George Boston), a famous magician in the early and mid 20th century. Small paste-down on first blank page of Merlin's ex-libris. Please see below for more information on magician George Boston, AKA Merlin.
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.