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This note defines the concept of “magic” and comments on the meaning of its various synonyms. Second, it suggests a typology of names based on 150 selected stage names or pseudonyms employed by magicians. Finally, it contains an appendix with a selected list of magicians’ stage names and real names including birth and death dates (where available) and place of birth (where available).
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