Bookplate – Virgil Anjos

The Bookplate of Virgil Anjos (??-1987), with Illustration by Ed Mishell (1896-1983)

Bookplate of Virgil Anjos

in my copy of

  • HOUDINI, [Harry]. Miracle Mongers and their Methods: A complete exposé of the modus operandi of fire eaters, heat resisters, poison eaters, venomous reptile defiers, sword swallowers, human ostriches, strong men, etc.  New York: E. P. Dutton & Company. 1920. 240 pp. Cover | Full Title | Google Books

The illustrator and owner lived near each other in New Jersey and it’s clear they were were good friends. In Genii Vol. 31, No. 4 (Dec 1966), Ed Mishell writes “I’m glad my good friend Virgil Anjos was with me to attest this superb effect”.  Later in Genii Vol. 33, No. 3 (Nov 1968), Ed Mishell describes Virgil as “one of the best mechanics in magic” (In the context of an apparatus mechanic, not card mechanic).

Virgil's Business card in Jinx

Virgil's Business card in Jinx #15 (Dec 1935)

Virgil’s passing on May 23, 1987 is noted in The Linking Ring, Vol. 67, No. 7 (Sep 1987) in Ring #106 Report.

Ed Mishell was the primary illustrator for Tannen’s catalogs and for Tarbell 7, illustrated and authored Jack Miller’s Hold-Out Miracles, and other contributions.

  • LORAYNE, Harry. The Tarbell Course in Magic, Volume VII. South Brunswick: D. Robbins & Co., Inc. 1972, 2004. Ninth Printing. 490 pp. Cover | Full Title
  • MISHELL, Ed and TANNEN, Louis (ed.). Ed Mishell’s Hold-Out Miracles. New York: Tannen Publications. 1976. 66 pp. Cover | Full Title

Ed Mishell’s art is represented in Chuck Romano’s

  • ROMANO, Chuck. The Art of Deception: The affinity between conjuring and art. South Elgin: Chuck Romano. 1997. First edition. 406 pp. Limited edition of 500 singed and numbered copies. Cover | Full Title
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