Henry Hay (writer)

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Henry Hay (writer) 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 sleight of hand and magic and also of a large number of European authors. He was born in New York and lived in West Germany after the Second World War. Mussey was a friend of the famous coin manipulator Thomas Nelson Downs. His highly regarded The Amateur Magicians Handbook (1950) has gone through many printings and is still considered a standard reference work among magicians.


  • Magic (1942) as Barrows Mussey
  • Learn Magic (1947) as Barrows Mussey
  • Cyclopedia of Magic (1949)
  • The Amateur Magician's Handbook (1950)


Regina Range, Mary Bryant, and Waltraud Maierhofer, “J. Barrows Mussey and his Translation of Feuchtwanger's Wahn oder Der Teufel in Boston,” Feuchtwanger and Remigration. Edited by Ian Wallace. (Feuchtwanger Studies 3.) Peter Lang, 2013. 67-81. ISBN 978-3-0343-0919-6.