Dai Vernon: A Biography

Dai Vernon: A Biography

The last great
undiscovered artist of
the twentieth century.




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His medium was magic and Vernon turned the clandestine world of conjuring on its ear with virtuoso sleight-of-hand and a dogged pursuit for perfection.

Born in 1894 in Ottawa, the son of a Canadian civil servant, Vernon moved to Manhattan in 1915 and never looked back.  Miracles flowed from his fingertips – effortlessly. The source of his secrets:  the underbelly of gamblers and hustlers that roamed back-room dens of iniquity, jail cells and city streets of America.  Vernon sought them out, befriended them and made their secrets his.  This book traces the first half of this remarkable journey – Ottawa, Coney Island, Manhattan, Chicago, Havana, Kansas City, Colorado Springs – and the celebrities – Houdini, Billy Rose and Roosevelt – that Vernon encountered along the way.

Dai Vernon: A Biography also details the evolution of magic in the twentieth century. From the stages of London and Paris to the backrooms of magic emporiums where secrets are bought and sold, Vernon’s life and work escort the reader through vaudeville, Broadway theatres, grand magic spectaculars, New York nightspots and the dawn of television.  At last, the cornerstone of the craft has been unveiled for all to see.

Hardbound, 366 pages with over 40 rare photographs and a full-color dust jacket.

Dai Vernon: A Biography is available from Magicana. Delivery to Canada is $45 USD post paid. Canadian residents subject to HST. Delivery to USA is $50 USD and international orders are $60 USD shipped air mail, postage paid.

Book Information | Cataloguing in Publication

Ben, David

Dai Vernon : a biography : artist, magician, muse, 1894-1941 / David Ben.

Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 0-9780675-0-9

1. Vernon, Dai, 1894-1941.  2. Magicians–Canada–Biography.  3. Magic–
History–20th century.  I. Title.

GV1545.V47B45 2006                           793.8092                         C2006-902473-1