Michael E. Johnson is an enthusiastic collector (also known as a “nutcase”) based in San Marcos, California. An unapologetic packrat, he picked up the collecting bug in the 1960s, and it has festered ever since. He specializes in autographs and magicians. For the past two decades, Johnson has been a professional Magician, performing everywhere from the stages of high society balls, to the cement floors of low-life basements. It doesn’t matter where, because he has fun either way. He is a member of the Academy of Magical Arts in Hollywood and the Society of American Magicians. He was named San Diego’s Entertainer of the Year four times by his peers in the International Brotherhood of Magicians. He has been featured in the world’s top magic magazines, including “Magic,” “Genii,” “M-U-M” and “The Linking Ring.” Before he went off the deep end, Johnson enjoyed a career as an award-winning journalist. He wrote the 1999 sell-out, the “Space Autograph Price Guide.” He published the underground newsletters “Autograph Research” and “Space Autograph News” for many years. He has been quoted in sources as diverse as the “American Journalism Review” and “Playboy” magazine. His articles have been published in “Autograph Collector,” “The Pen and Quill” published by the Universal Autograph Collectors Club, “The Autograph Collector’s Magazine,” “Autograph Times” and “The Autograph Review.” Lately, Johnson has channeled his energy into a series of collector guides. He’s already drawn more than half a million hits on eBay. His newest book is titled “Playing Cards Autographed By Magicians: A Collector’s Guide” (ISBN #9780988434704).Présentation de l'éditeur :
Doug Henning inspired many collectibles during his brief career as a celebrity and a famous Magician. This slim but colorful book reveals the passion, and the cost, behind one of the world's largest Henning collections. There are 126 illustrations and descriptions of vintage items, autographs, magazine covers, clippings, fan club newsletters, photos, posters, programs, tickets and toys. Considerable detail is given to actual prices paid in the marketplace, especially on eBay. Highlights include vintage items from Hendoo, a complete signed contract from "Merlin" and an early brochure from Canada. Many facets of his career are covered, from "The Magic Show" and "Merlin," his Broadway shows, to his television specials and touring shows. Half a dozen fan club newsletters are revealed. There's a deep section on the strange stuffy toys he spawned called Wonder Whims. Trivia buffs will appreciate knowing the difference between Rambumptious and Abracazebra and Butterly Boo. Everything is cross-indexed in the back, approximately 270 subjects, to make this book a more helpful reference source for the truly obsessive collector. Did you know a $10 membership in Henning's fan club in the early 1980s, would have resulted in collectibles worth more than $100 today? Now that's some real magic.
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Description du livre Michael E. Johnson, 2013. Paperback. État : New. book. N° de réf. du libraire 0988534711