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Corinda (1931? - July 1, 2010) is an English magic dealer
and businessman who is noted by magicians for having written
the book Thirteen Steps To Mentalism
name was Thomas William Simpson. Corinda was a variation on
the name Conradi.
the 1950s and 1960s he had at least two shops in London; prior
to this, Corinda had a magic studio where he sold magic tricks,
mostly with a mentalist flavour for which he became best known.
The Magic Shop in Tottenham Court Road was originally run
by Dick Chavel, and later taken over by Corinda. This store
was at street level so catered mainly to the lay public, so
many of the items sold were either practical jokes or beginners'
tricks, but other items and small illusions for semi-professional
magicians and hobbyists were also sold over the counter.
the same period, Corinda had the magic concession in Hamleys
Toy Shop in Regent Street. This was located in the basement
of the store and was run for a period by Ali Bongo, who also
demonstrated magic at the Tottenham Court Road location.
Corinda died on Thursday 1st July in Norfolk.
Who's Who In Magic
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(England: fl.1950s-70s) Stage & pen name of Thomas William
Simpson. Joined The Magic Circle in 1954. An ex-hairdresser
turned pro mentalist & dealer. Wrote the classic series,
13 Steps to Mentalism (1958-60, 424pp; repr in 1 vol, 1960,
424pp), plus Mini-Slate Magic (1958, 20pp, probably partly
ghosted by Jon Tremaine), Teletrickery (1961, 13pp), &
The Complete Guide to Billet-Switching (1976, ed by Ralph