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Tony Corinda passed away yesterday

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Tony 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

Corinda's name was Thomas William Simpson. Corinda was a variation on the name Conradi.

In 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.

Around 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.

Tony Corinda died on Thursday 1st July in Norfolk.

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Corinda, Tony, MIMC
(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 Read).

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