Professor Horn’s Curriculum Vitae

Mark Walker’s (a.k.a. Professor Horn's) credentials read like those of a tenured faculty member from Hogwarts, Harry Potter's school of wizardry. The difference is that his resume isn’t fiction. From his humble beginnings he's been a serious student of conjuring and Punch & Judy history as he set out to learn the trade rather than just the tricks of the trade.

A leading expert on the history of magic in Baltimore City, midnight ghost shows, and Punch & Judy in America, Mark has been a guest lecturer at the Los Angeles Conference on Magic History, the Magic Collectors' Association, the New England Magic Collectors' Association and London's Magic Circle. In addition to his publications, his articles and citations have appeared in books and periodicals spanning the globe:

Abracadabra

  • John Styles, Nov. 1993
  • Phil Thomas, Aug. 1998

Animations

  • George Horn, Jun./Jul. 1996

Around the World with Mr. Punch

  • George Horn, Summer 1996
  • Punch in the Movies, Autumn 1996
  • Jay Marshall, Winter 1996
  • Charles Roark, Spring 1997
  • Gus White, Autumn 1997
  • George & Grace Larsen, Winter 1997
  • Eli Hackman, Spring 1998
  • Augustus Rapp, Autumn 1998
  • John Styles, Summer 2001

Genii

  • Paul Daniels, Sept. 1981
  • Milbourne Christopher, May 1984
  • Society of Osiris, Feb. 2000

Linking Ring

  • Paul Daniels, May 1981
  • Doug Henning, Feb. 1983
  • John Styles, Jan. 1994
  • Phil Thomas, Sept. 1998
  • Julian Cierkes, Aug. 1999

Magic Magazine

  • Magic's Fabulous Baker Boys, Sept. 1991
  • Baltimore: City of Fraternal Magi, Feb. 2000
  • John Bundy's Spooktacular, Oct. 2005
  • Simon Drake's House of Magic, Nov. 2006
  • Bill King: King of the Magic Collectors, Dec. 2007
  • Carnival of Wonders, Aug. 2009
  • The Remarkable Johnny Eck, Feb. 2014
  • Phil Thomas and the Yogi Magic Mart, May 2016

Magic Manuscript

  • George Goebel, Jan./Feb. 1985
  • Charles Reynolds, Sept./Oct. 1986

Magicol

  • Leffell Devices, Feb. 2000
  • Jay Marshall, Aug. 2005

MagicSeen

  • John Styles (Part 1), Feb. 2014
  • John Styles (Part 2), Apr. 2014

New Tops

  • Milbourne Christopher, Jul. 1986

Tablets of Osiris

  • George Horn, Jul. 1995
  • Phil & Ann Thomas, Mar. 1996
  • The Magic of Dantini, Apr. 1997
  • George Reuschling, Sept. 1997
  • Peabody Bookshop Razed, Nov. 1997
  • The Demons' Club, Mar. 1998
  • Eli Hackman, Mar. 1998
  • Punch Tokens, Mar. 1998
  • Phil Thomas, Jul. 1998
  • Dr. Silkini's Skeleton Illusion, Sept. 1998
  • Donn Davison, Oct. 1999
  • Thomas Chew Worthington, Nov. 1999
  • The Society of Osiris, Nov. 1999
  • The MCA Convention, Jun. 2000
  • Baltimore Magic Clubs, Jan. 2006
  • Hen Fetsch, Jan. 2006
  • Robert-Houdin Mystery Clocks, Jan. 2008
  • Earl Canapp, Jan. 2008
  • Monty's Rabbit House, Jan. 2008
  • Jack Gaylin, Aug. 2009
  • Jim Steinmeyer, Aug. 2009
  • Johnny & Bob Eck, Aug. 2009
  • Hen Fetsch's Homecoming, May 2010
  • Arthur M. Cowen, May 2010
  • Bob Nelson, August 2013
  • Doug Henning, August 2013
  • Lou Manley, August 2013

The Swazzle

  • George Horn, Dec. 1995
  • Videotaping Viewpoints, Aug. 1996
  • Punch's Baltimore Centenary, Jun. 1997
  • Punch Tokens, Apr. 1998
  • John Styles, Jun. 2001
  • George Horn, Jun./Jul. 2004
  • Obscure Punch Books, Oct./Nov. 2005
  • USA Punch Auctions, Apr./May 2007
  • This Punch Show Takes The Biscuit, Aug./Sept. 2007
  • A Christmas Tale, Dec. 2008
  • Beating a Dead Horse, Winter 2010
  • Steve Hansen, Summer 2011
  • The Pinxys, Autumn 2011
  • George Prentice, Winter 2011/2012
  • George Prentice Revisited, Autumn 2012
  • Lou Manley, Summer 2013
  • Fetaque Sanders, Winter 2013/2014
  • The Amazing Johnny Eck, Autumn 2014
  • George Horn - Part 1, Winter 2016
  • George Horn - Part 2, Summer 2016

Yankee Magic Collector

  • The History of Punch & Judy in Baltimore, 1998
  • Fred Manipo Harris, 2016

Periodicals

  • Around the World with Mr. Punch, Professor Horn, Summer 2004
  • Baltimore Magazine, Slapstick Destiny, Dec. 2002
  • Baltimore Sun, Abracadabra, Jan. 10, 1985
  • Baltimore Sun, Now You See Him, Jun. 28, 1991
  • Baltimore Sun, Still Hilarious After 400 Years, Jul. 21, 2004
  • The Capital, Give Him a Hand, Jul. 2001
  • Linking Ring, Memories of Phil Thomas, Mar. 2012
  • Magic Magazine, Early Haunts, Oct. 1997
  • Magic Magazine, Card Mondor, Feb. 2001
  • Magic Magazine, George LaFollette, Jan. 2011
  • Magic Magazine, Haunted Mansion Letter, Dec. 2014
  • Magicol, The Great Lester, May 2006
  • Maryland Gazette, Festival Packs a Punch, Jun. 2008
  • MUM, Ghost Shows, Sept. 2000
  • MUM, Hen Fetsch, Jun 2006
  • New Tops, Magical Whirligig, Oct. 1976
  • New Tops, Magical Whirligig, Oct. 1986
  • The Swazzle, Steve Hansen, Oct./Nov. 2006
  • The Swazzle, Bruce Macloud, Summer 2010
  • Theatre Journal. Magic, Monsters and Movies, Mar. 2010
  • Voice of the Theatre, Journal of the Alex Film Society, Oct. 2005

Book Contributions and Citations

  • The Artistic & Magical Life of Bob Kline. Bill King. King Books, 1999
  • Conjurians’ Discoveries, John Booth, Ridgeway Press, 1992
  • Fetsching Magic. Robert Kirkwood Spencer, Magico, 2007
  • The Fine Art of Hocus Pocus, John Booth, Magical Art Book Co., 1996
  • Goebel — The Man with the Magical Mind. William Rauscher, Martinka Magic, 2010
  • Images of America: Fell's Point. Jacqueline Greff, Arcady Press, 2005
  • Milbourne Christopher — The Man and His Magic. William Rauscher,
    David Haversat’s 1878 Press Company, 2012
  • Pleasant Nightmares: Dr. Neff’s Madhouse of Mystery. William Rauscher, S.S. Adams, 2008
  • Punch & Judy in 19th-Century America. Ryan Howard, McFarland, 2013
  • Religion, Magic and the Supernatural. William Rauscher, Mystic Light Press, 2006
  • Road Scholar, Dick Oslund, 2015
  • Serious Silly: David Kaye, Kaufman & Co., 2005
  • Spellbound: The Wonder-Filled Life of Doug Henning. John Harrison, Box Office Books, 2009
  • Who’s Who in Magic, Dr. Bart Whaley, Jeff Busy Magic, 1990

Film Contributions & Consultant

  • The American Puppet
  • Frankenstein - It's Alive!
  • Rediscovering George Washington
  • Spirit Magic (Eugene Burger)

Magic Consultant

  • Baltimore Opera Company
  • Doug Henning
  • Goebel Magical Revue
  • Simon Drake

Awards

  • Society of American Magicians' Dr. Henry Ridgely Evans award
  • International Brotherhood of Magicians – Order of Merlin
  • Maryland Traditions

Memberships

  • Society of Osiris
  • Punch & Judy Fellowship
  • Magic Collectors’ Association
  • Society of American Magicians

Books by Mark Walker

  • Spook Shows on Parade. Magic Media Ltd., 1978
  • Chopper Capers (with Walt Hudson). Magic Media Ltd., 1978
  • How to Haunt a House. Magic Media Ltd., 1979
  • The Great Halloween Book. Liberty Publishing Company, 1983
  • The Master Illusionists. Magical Publications, 1983
  • Creative Costumes, Liberty Publishing Company, 1984
  • Ghostmasters. Mark Walker's Magic, 1991
  • Creative Costumes For Children (Without Sewing). Cool Hand Communications, 1993
  • Ghostmasters (Revised 2nd Edition). Cool Hand Communications, 1994

From 2005 to 2012 Mark Walker was a monthly columnist for The Fell’s Pointer. During that time, he wrote 66 feature articles about neighborhood characters, movie theatres, pubs and merchants that peppered the historic Baltimore waterfront community known as Fell’s Point.


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