Speakers

Below, the speakers at the 7th European Magic History Conference. Please, visit this page regularly as more speakers will be added until the event.

James Smith

A keen collector of antiquarian magic books, James Smith is well known in the magic collecting world for the sleuth-like capabilities he has in tracking down rare books, for his encyclopaedic memory about magic books, and for the quality of his investigative work. It is a honour to welcome Mr. Smith at EMHC, where he will talk about English Conjuring Books of the 18th Century.

James Smith

Aldo Ghiurmino

Aldo Ghiurmino

Mr. Ghiurmino is the official historian of the Italian Magic Club (CMI) and the world expert on FISM and its history. In 2015, he published the definitive research on FISM, collating all the information about every championship, in an invaluable work. At EMHC, Mr. Ghiurmino will talk about The Origins of FISM, revealing some of the controversial secrets behind this organization in the post-war years.

Paul Anthony

What happened to the Supreme Magic Company that, since 1954, has been one of the largest magic manufacturers in the world? Mr. Anthony knows it all, as he acquired in 1996 the stock and the rights of Supreme Magic, and changed the name to Magic Supreme. For the first time, at EMHC, Mr. Anthony will talk about the contents of his the many warehouses in South Wales that, for more than 20 years, have preserved intact the magic of Supreme.

Paul Anthony

Flip

Fl!p

A professional magician, award winner, magic creator and innovator, gourmet specialist and a lover of the history of magic and profound connoisseur of the international magic scene. A well-known face at many magic conventions, Fl!p will present at EMHC a short introduction to the relation between the the archetype of The Trickster and The Conjuror (and the visual proof that 0 can equal 1 and vice versa). Any talk by Fl!p is not to be missed!

Riccardo Rampini

Mr. Rampini is an expert of the magic of the sixteenth century and has investigated in detail the life and career of Hieronimo Scotto, the best known conjurer of the Renaissance, and the earliest magician whose portrait “from life” has reached us. By tracking down original documents, Mr. Rampini has been able to discover the dark secrets behind the activities of this Italian conjurer around European courts. At EMHC, Prof. Rampini will reveal, for the first time in English, the incredible story of Hieronimo Scotto.

Riccardo Rampini

Magic Christian

Magic Christian

A former multiple FISM Prize Winner, professional magician, magic historian and surely the world’s expert on Hofzinser, Christian from Vienna is well known and hugely respected in the world of magic history. It is a honour to welcome Christian to EMHC where he will present his talk on Valentino Graziadei: King of Cards, the amazing life story of a star of Variety between the wars, and that Christian met in the later years of his life.

Silvan – Guest of Honour

This year EMHC want to honour Italy’s greatest illusionist: Silvan. A real superstar of magic and, in Italy, synonym of magic, Silvan has re-defined the image of the magician in Italian culture, with hugely popular prime time television programmes showcasing his skill. Silvan has performed all over the world, from music halls to large theatres like the London Palladium, authored 12 books on magic, has been the star of over 77 television programmes, and so much more! One of the Artists in the Magic Hall of Fame of S.A.M., recipient of the Master Fellowship and elected twice as “Magician of the Year” by the Academy of Magical Arts, Honorary Life Member M.I.M.C. with Gold Star of The Magic Circle, and more. John Booth said of him: “Silvan, one of the  world all-time  greatest magician“. Still touring, Silvan has taken time out from his busy schedule to provide an insight on what the career of a true, historical magic star, is.

Silvan


Per Eklund

Per Eklund

The author of Trolleri, the most celebrated book on the history of magic in Scandinavia, Prof. Eklund from Uppsala, Sweden, will present at EMHC a talk on a mysterious performer from that part of the world, titled: Joseph LeTort, a somewhat unknown mystery man.

Roberto Lo Nigro

One of the foremost magic collectors in Italy, Mr. Lo Nigro delights in acquiring and restoring 19th century apparatus. Having acquired a rare “mystery clock” by Robert-Houdin, Mr. Lo Nigro had it restored by a skilled artisan and will explain in minute details the work that went into making the clock functional again. We will also be treated in hearing this clock chime, 170 years after it was made by the French master magician.

Roberto Lo Nigro


Gianfranco Preverino

Gianfranco Preverino

A well-known professional magician, Mr. Preverino is a leading expert in gambling and on its history. At the latest EMHC (Paris 2015), he presented an overview of gambling techniques in the 18th century. In Torino, Mr. Preverino will continue his work by presenting the evolution of advantage play in the first half of the 19th century, examining the most important books that reveal how gambling evolved, and how cheating ideas filtered to the magic world.

Olivier Cave

As a teenager, Olivier Cave from France saw his hands grow around a deck of cards. When he was 16 years old, he asked an antique book on conjuring and gambling as a birthday present. It was the beginning of a collection of scarce books on the subject of Taking advantage at the Games as Cardinal Mazarin used to say.
His library now contains more than 1500 books from the 16th century up to date, completed over the years by many prints and “mechanical contrivances” (Erdnase). At EMHC, Mr. Cave will open the doors of his Cabinet of gambling curiosities to illustrate the history of gaffed devices from Aristotle to Erdnase.

Olivier Cave

Arturo Brachetti – Guest of Honour

One of Torino’s most artistic sons, the great Arturo Brachetti will present an EXCLUSIVE talk only for EMHC. Mr. Brachetti is a worldwide star of the art of quick change, invented in the last years of the 19th century by Italian artist Leopoldo Fregoli, and regularly tours Europe, Canada and the USA with his amazing show. In his talk, Arturo (MIMC Gold Star Professional) will reveal unknown facts on the history of the art quick change, from Fregoli to contemporary artists. This is a lecture you don’t want to miss as there will be no other occasion to listen to one of the great magical artists reveal the real secrets of his art.

Arturo Brachetti

Wittus Witt

Wittus Witt

Publisher of the longest-running independent German magic magazine, Magische Welt, Wittus Witt is a well known and highly respected magic historian, and organizer of one of the recent editions of EMHC. In Torino, Wittus will present his latest research on Fredo Marvelli, in a long-awaited second lecture on this influential European magician

Steffen Taut

Dr. Steffen Taut from Dresden, Germany, is a professional researcher and has carried out scholarly research on the art of magic, from antiquity to more modern times. For EMHC, Dr. Taut will present a new, exclusive talk on “Deception and Tricks in Ancient Religion and Belief Systems”, which will reveal hitherto unknown facts on the history of magic.

Steffen Taut

Raffaele De Ritis

Raffaele De Ritis

Mr. De Ritis is a theatre director, known as having created and directed numerous circus productions by Cirque du Soleil, Big Apple Circus, Ringling Bros, Barnum & Bailey, and more. A well-known magic historian, he is the author of Illusionismi, the most up-to-date Italian book on magic history. For EMHC, Mr. De Ritis will present a talk on Russian magic in the last century and obscure Soviet era, with a focus on the legendary Kio dynasty.


Paul Freeman

Paul Freeman will give a talk about one of the most influential magicians at the turn of the century, now sadly forgotten if it were not for his posters: Chevalier Ernest Thorn. Mr. Freeman has carried out a long research on the doings of Thorn and will reveal some little known facts about this travelling magician.

Paul Freeman

Jacques Voignier

Jacques Voignier

Jacques Voignier is well known to regular attendees of magic history events. One of the most appreciated magic historians in the world and a distinguished magic collector, Mr. Voignier will present the attendees a talk on Charles de Vere, covering both his magic dealership and his collection while revealing important facts about this influential magician of the past.

Anne Goulden

Anne Goulden is a well-known name in magic history research and surely the person to go to for any question about the Maskelyne family and their theatres. She will present a talk on Mr Maskelyne’s famous magical play Will, the Witch and the Watch(man), presenting some exciting discoveries on its development from Maskelyne and Cooke’s earliest days.

Anne Goulden


Valeria Russo

Valeria E. Russo

Ms. Russo is an Italian essayist, movie director and an expert magic historian, author of the only documentary film and biography of Ranieri Bustelli, Italy’s premier illusionist of the first half of the 20th century. In the lecture Valeria has prepared exclusively for EMHC, she will detail the magical career of Orson Welles and, especially, his time in Italy and the influence of Italian magicians on his work.


Pietro Micheli

Pietro Micheli is an Italian magic collector and historian, specializing in the magic of the 18th century. He is the author of They Lived by Tricks, a substantial research on a number of conjurers of the 18th century, from Palatino to Palatine, from Pinetti to Boaz, and many others. At EMHC, Mr. Micheli will present an illustrated talk on advertising techniques of magicians of the 18th and 19th century.

Pietro Micheli