Yankee Gathering XI, November 2-4, 2006 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA,
attendees were given the opportunity to tour the H. Adrian Smith collection
of magic books and other items of historical conjuring interest at Brown
University. In addition, each registrant was given a DVD of Smith, a
former president of NEMCA, talking about his collection. The DVD was made
by NEMCA member David Downs in 1986.
There are a limited number of these
DVDs remaining, and we are delighted to be able to offer them here for $12
plus shipping. See the Collectibles page for
ordering information. Running time: 54 minutes.
(International customers: Please note that this DVD is in the NTSC video
format, and is not compatible with PAL or SECAM format DVD players.
However, it is region-free and can be played on any NTSC DVD player in any
Some excerpts from the back of the DVD case:
"Harold Adrian Smith was an inveterate bibliophile,
bibliographer, and a world-renowned authority on the history and literature
of the conjuror's art. During his long and productive life he
carefully collected and organized books, pamphlets, and other historic
materials related to the art of magic. H. Adrian Smith's library was
recognized as one of the finest privately owned collections in the world.
He gave his extraordinary collection to Brown University's John Hay Library
where qualified and interested researchers will benefit from his lifelong
"On February 9, 1986, Dave Downs taped Smith during a
personal tour of his conjuring library at Smith's home in North Attleboro,
Massachusetts. It is Downs' belief that this personal tour will
provide the collector with a glimpse into Smith's amazing collection while
contributing to the preservation of his memory.
"This DVD presents the first half of Smith's library tour.
The New England Magic Collectors Association (NEMCA) looks forward to
offering the second half at a future date.
"H. Adrian Smith's contributions to magic were legion.
He was a performer, writer, inventor, and national leader as well as an
authority on early conjuring literature."