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Mike Also Writes About Magic History

Over the years, Mike has studied magic history with a passion and is an award-winning author.  Mike’s book, Joe Karson – Beyond Zombie – a biography of the nearly forgotten yet highly influential magician from the early Twentieth Century – received the “Library Special Award” from the Book Award Committee of the Society of American Magicians Hall of Fame and Magic Museum. Mike is currently in the finishing stages of his second magic biography, one that has taken considerably longer to research than he ever imagined.  Stay tuned, Mike’s next book is coming soon…

Joe Karson – Beyond Zombie by Michael E. Rose

Joe Karson, of course, invented the famous “Zombie” floating ball, but there was quite a bit more to Karson than just that.  The book tells his whole story of his life and his magic performances and creations.

The book is a 6 x 9 hard bound, gold stamped book, printed on high quality, heavy glossy stock and limited to 500 copies.  At 210 pages, the book is divided into two main sections; Karson’s biography and Karson’s creations (books, tricks and commentary).  It has 26 photos, most not seen in many years.  Besides extensive research in New England public records, several people who knew Karson were also interviewed both magicians and laymen.  Some of the well-known magic personalities interviewed were; John Calvert, Jim Cellini, Ray & Ann Goulet, Jay Marshall, Sidney Radner, Nick Ruggiero, Les Smith, Tony Spina, Ben Stone, Parker Swan, and many others.  The book also features a Foreword by Lance Burton, one of the most famous “Zombie” workers alive.  Sadly, the first edition is sold out.

If you missed the first edition, a new and revised edition has been created in e-book form just for you.  The new revised e-book is currently available from only.  It’s has all the information that the original hardbound edition had, but a few errors have been corrected and a few omissions have been added (plus some new photos and other stuff, too!).  But you can only purchase it from

Want more Joe Karson?  Sure we all do!  Together with Chris Wasshuber of Mike has a second e-book available, Joe Karson Compilation.  Contained in the new e-book are Joe Karson’s books which have been out of print for over half a decade.  The e-book (which is completely searchable, wow, cool!) even includes the instruction sheets to some of Karson’s marketed tricks, including the very unique, “Voodoo.”  Click here to go directly to link to find out more.