Jean Hugard was an acclaimed magician during his time. He was born in Australia in 1872. Throughout his life, he performed magic around the world mainly in venues in Australia, New Zealand, and even in the United States. After he retired from performing, he settled down in Brooklyn, New York, to write more than thirty books on magic, including Money Magic, Encyclopedia of Card Tricks, and Houdini's Unmasking. He became blind toward the end of his life but, in spite of his handicap, continued practicing and writing about magic. He died on August 14th, 1959. David Roth is a well-known expert coin magician--arguably the best alive. He has performed around the world and has been featured on network programs like the David Letterman show and HBO's "Magical Moments." Additionally, he has written three books on coin magic, including Expert Coin Magic, and is closely associated with the world renowned magic store Fantasma Magic. He resides in New York City.