Will Goldston

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Will Goldston, (1878–1948), was a popular English stage magician in the first half of the 20th century.

He was born in the city of Liverpool and became interested in the subject at the age of eleven. As well as being a performer he was involved in the merchandising of "magic tricks" and was employed by the Gamages department store in central London, 1905-1914. During this time he edited the Magician Annual (1907–1912) and, in 1912, Will Goldston's Exclusive Magical Secrets in an edition of one thousand that was republished in 1977.[1] Later in his life he was noted as the person who cracked the "Zancig Code" used by the Danish illusionists of that name and was employed to 'prove' the authenticity of mediums and similar people.

He was a lifelong friend of Harry Houdini.[2] Goldston was the founder and president of the London-based Magicians' Club which he founded in 1911.


Goldston was one of the very few magicians to ever be converted to spiritualism.[3] He believed psychic phenomena and Spiritualism to be real, however, he also wrote that many mediums were frauds who used conjurer tricks. He summarized his views on Spiritualism in his book Tricks of the Masters (1942).[4]


  • Tricks of the Masters (1942)
  • Secrets of Famous Illusionists (1933)
  • Simple Conjuring Tricks that Anybody Can Perform (1922)
  • Tricks You Should Know (1920)
  • The Young Conjurer: A Book for Amateurs (1919)
  • Will Goldston's Easy Road to Magic: In Seven Lessons (1916)
  • Will Goldston's Exclusive Magical Secrets (1912)
  • Secrets of Stage Hypnotism, Stage Electricity, and Bloodless Surgery (1912)
  • Secrets of Magic for Professional and Amateur Entertainers (1904)
  • Crystal Gazing. Astrology, Palmistry, Planchette, and Spiritualism (1903)

More Tricks and Puzzles with Patter (1915)


  1. ^ Exclusive Magical Secrets by Will Goldston
  2. ^ John Clucas Cannell. (1931). The Secrets of Houdini. Dover Publications, Inc. p. 64
  3. ^ William Lindsay Gresham. (1959). Houdini: The Man Who Walked Through Walls. Holt. p. 111
  4. ^ Will Goldston. (1942). Tricks Of The Masters. G. Routledge & Sons, Ltd. pp. 1-13

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