About Milbourne Christopher


Over the course of his lifetime, Milbourne Christopher became one of the most prominent magicians in America. His performances, lectures, books, and articles placed him in the vanguard of scholarly conjuror’s who knew the history of magic from earliest times. He contributed countless articles to both magic and non-magic publications including Esquire and the New York Times Magazine. He literally defined magic for reference publications including the Encyclopedia Americana and Funk and Wagnall’s Standard Reference Encyclopedia.

His vast output of written magic routines and creative new tricks and inventions such as Forgetful Freddy and his Doves to Duck, are still performed by magicians today. He received honors and accolades from many organizations and is especially remembered for his selfless dedication to the Society of American Magicians, for whom he served as National President. His editorship of magic publications like M-U-M, Magicol and Hugard’s Magic Monthly are also part of his remarkably productive life.

Christopher wrote a number of books, some include:

Panorama of Magic
Houdini The Untold Story
ESP, Seers & Psychics
The Illustrated History Of Magic
Mediums, Mystics, & the Occult
Houdini A Pictorial Life
Milbourne Christopher’s Magic Book
Search for the Soul

Christopher’s appearances on all the major talk shows of his time, his TV specials that brought magic to millions, his travels around the world, his books on Houdini, and especially his biography of the escape artist, made him an important figure in the magic world, society, and in theater history.

During his lifetime, he also assembled one of the world’s largest and most important collections of magic memorabilia.