Dr. Robert Albo was an enthusiastic amateur magician who amassed one of the most important collections of magical apparatus in the world.
He shared his collection in a series of books that were so well done that they are collectible themselves. Filled with thousands of color photos of rare magic props, the series, called The Classics Of Magic, is comprised of eleven books. The books were made available as they were published, rather than as a total set. In fact, though the first few volumes were printed in quantities of 1000, the later volumes had lower production runs. The final book, really a supplement, was limited to 300 copies; therefore, there can be 300 full sets of the Albo books, maxiumum.
The titles of the volumes are:
The Oriental Magic of the Bambergs
Classic Magic with Apparatus
More Classic Magic with Apparatus
Further Classic Magic with Apparatus
Still Classic Magic with Apparatus
Final Classic Magic with Apparatus
Classic Magic Index
Classic Magic Supplement
Additional Classic Magic with Apparatus
History and Mystery of Magic
Laboratories of Legerdemain
Dr. Albo also had an impressive career in medicine. For over 40 years, he served as the team physician for the Golden State Warriors basketball team. He was also the longtime team physician and medical consultant for the Oakland Raiders.
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