Henry Hay (writer)

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Henry Hay was the pen name of June Barrows Mussey (March 30, 1910 – July 27, 1985), a journalist and translator who is notable for his writing about magic, sleight of hand and also of a large number of European authors including Lion Feuchtwanger.

He also was one of the anonymous translators of Hitler's Mein Kampf (1925–26) for an American edition by the publisher Stackpole Sons.[1] Stackpole advertised that it paid "no royalties to Hitler" and later played up the fact that the publisher was donating a percentage of the proceeds to refugee relief. 12,000 copies were printed but Stackpole had to stop selling because of a legal battle with the publisher Houghton, Mifflin who had bought the American rights.[2]

Mussey was born in New York and lived in West Germany after World War II. He was a friend of the famous coin manipulator Thomas Nelson Downs. His highly regarded The Amateur Magician's Handbook (1950) has gone through several editions and is still considered a standard reference work among magicians.



  1. ^ Worthington, Jay. "Mein Royalties: Who Profits from Hitler's Bestseller?" Cabinet 10 (2003). http://www.cabinetmagazine.org/issues/10/mein_royalties.php. Range, Bryant, and Maierhofer 73-74.
  2. ^ Barns, J. J., Barns, P. P. (2008). Hitler's "Mein Kampf" in Britain and America: A Publishing History 1930–39. Cambridge University Press.

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