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The Wizard Shop was the name of a magic shop located underneath Times Square in a kiosk near an entrance to the subway. It's proprietor was a magician named Alwyn (Al) Stevenson. The primary purpose of this site will be to remember Al and his contributions to Magic. We're including quotes and stories from the magicians who knew him best; please come back and visit us often.
Recently found: Al's Obituary, taken from an article by Leslie P. Guest in M-U-M, February, 1966.
Dondrake calls Al "my mentor", Charles Windley said that "Al was an excellent magician. He was the publisher of 'Hugard's Magic Monthly' after Hugard died in the late fifties. Al wrote most of the articles."
Al is remembered as being one of the first magicians to perform sponge ball magic. According to legend, he and his assistants would cut the sponge balls by hand. Later on, he helped develop the method currently used by the Goshman family to create sponge balls, rabbits and more. Goshman sponge balls are considered to be the standard, so Al's work lives on every time a magician works with them.
Christopher DeSantis sent us some photos and a typical Al Stevenson Routine.
Marvin Kaye, author of several magic books, sent us a quote.
According to several guests who visited Disneyland in the early 70s, one of the books sold at a store near the Haunted Mansion was written by Al. The cover of the book, Magic from the Haunted Mansion in Disneyland, can be seen here..
Al also manufactured a number of effects marketed under the name The Wizard Works. See the scans from Wizard Works catalog number 3.
Here are some links to other web pages that have information about Al -- some of these links (below) include references to Al's reputation as a mentalist.
Information about a piece of fiction called "The Dead Can Come Back - My Way", written by Al, published in Fate Magazine, Issue #115, VOL 12 - No. 10, October 1959
A listing for an article Hypnotizing by Telepathy published in Fate Magazine, VOL 13 - No. 10, October 1960
An advertisement for I Can Hypnotize Your Friends
A listing for an article about Al in Genii Magazine - scroll down to Vol. 3, No. 35, March 1965
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April 24, 2007