Black Herman's Easy Pocket Tricks Which You Can Do, 1938

RUCKER, Benjamin ("Black Herman," 1889-1934), attributed. Black Herman's Easy Pocket Tricks Which You Can Do. N.p., n.d., circa 1930s.

8vo (5.75 x 8.5 in.). Illustrated profusely with photographic plates of Herman and his associates. (Very light marginal toning.) Original illustrated pink wrappers. (Front cover and spine lightly toned).

"Fourteenth (deLuxe) Edition". Benjamin "Black Herman" Rucker was the most well-known African American magician of the early 20th century, popular with both Black and white audiences. He apprenticed to and succeeded Prince Herman, taking the stage name “Black Herman” in his honor. He specialized in prestidigitation, the Asrah levitation, and a “buried alive” routine which lasted three days, beginning with his “internment” in “Black Herman’s Private Graveyard.” He would then rise from the grave and walk to the performance venue to perform the rest of his show. When Rucker actually died on stage in 1934, the audience refused to leave, believing this was part of his act. This book advertises the "latest and best pocket tricks. A two hour's performance with one hour's practice." All known copies are printed as "Fourteenth (DeLuxe) Edition" with the exception of one copy housed at Bowling Green University listed as the 12th edition. Scarce, OCLC locates only 4 copies.


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