Saturday, May 29, 2010
How great is the little devil in the upper corner?!
This is the first time I have come across the name "Burling Hull," and to be honest, I thought it was some kind of brand or address. MagicNook.com set me straight. Apparently Hull is a person- the self-proclaimed "Edison of Magic"- he created dozens of magic tricks (and held the patent on the Svengali Deck) and wrote over 50 books!
I did find this quite from Magic Nook to be very telling:
Although an important figure in magic, his often outrageous claims and many empty promises led him to be widely known as 'Hurling Bull'.
He was quite an interesting character- he even wrote an entire book just to defame a rival magician (see the wiki for more)! Mr. Hull lived to the age of 93, and if you would like to know more about him there is a biography which was published in 1977 called The Edison of Magic and His Incredible Creations.