Thurston and Dante – the Written Word – A Temple Publication



Thurston and Dante…
the Written Word
produced and edited by Phil Temple

The reviews are fantastic!

“Fantastic! Great value for the money. I only wish other publishers would follow your lead.”
Clay Shevlin – Author

“We received the books today, and WOW. . . they’re stunning!”
David Ben – MAGICANA

Leo Behnke – The Book Group

If you want to study the history of any given magician, and get insight into his personality, there is no better way to do so than through his correspendence. Phil Temple’s latest publication, “Thurston and Dante . . .the Written Word” does just that!

The publisher describes his new work as follows:

“Twenty five years ago, in 1981, when a limited edition version of this material was first made available as the ‘Thurston-Dante Letter Set,’ I wrote the following remarks in my ‘Introduction’:

“In presenting the Thurston-Dante Letter Set, I have undertaken to provide the magic fraternity with the most complete historical record between the last two ‘greats’ of magic ever offered to conjuring historians.

“For years, these letters and thousands of other ephemeral items relating to the professional career of Dante (Harry Jansen) were locked away in old theatrical trunks until June of 1980 when the trunks were released to me for disposition by Milt Larsen. After months of sorting, identifying and assembling, many of these ‘collectibles’ were then made available to those who would appreciate them most – magic memorabilia collectors!

“A true collector of magic memorabilia or student of the art of magic will appreciate the wealth of first hand knowledge contained in this publication. These letters will provide hours of enjoyable reading, offer the reader insight into the workings of trouping the world’s greatest magic shows of yesteryear, and reveal illusion secrets heretofore unknown to many in the magic profession. These letters present many of the various magic personalities of the time, as seen through the eyes of Thurston and Dante, and in general show the true relationship—as it really was—between these last two greats of magical history.

“Now, 25 years later, when reading the more than 750 pages of this enhance collection of letters and related material, a new generation of magic historians and enthusiasts can travel back through time to that ‘Golden Age of Magic,’ quite possibly finding their journey as magical as the art itself.”

This work is beautifully produced and presented in a 2 volume boxed set:
Volume 1 includes the letters between 1923 – 1927.
Volume 2 covers 1928 through 1935.

Both volumes are hardbound and total 783 pages.

These books are a bargain! Shipping and handling for this 10 lb parcel is $8 via Media Mail (domestic.)

Note on international shipping: Unfortunately, these books are VERY HEAVY. The quote from our shopping cart is not valid in this instance. There are over 190 countries around the world, and it would be difficult to quote shipping costs for all. We use the US Post Office rates to ship them ( In the case of these books, shipping and handling can be over USD $70.