Thomas Driver's work as a spiritualist debunker and magician is also explored comprehensively in the research of Bernard Reid. Bernard's lengthy career has led to performances on stages across the world and now, his exhaustive research into the history of magical performance in New Zealand is presented in his two books, Conjurors, Cardsharps and Conmen and Magicians in the Golden Age of New Zealand Vaudeville. Both of these wonderful histories can be purchased from his website nzmagichistory.com.
Sparked by new money flowing through the antipodes during the Australian gold rush, 78 Magicians toured New Zealand from the 1860s through to the end of the century, Conjurors, Cardsharps and Conmen explores each tour in turn including renowned acts such as Heller, Keller, the Baldwins, the Steens, Madame Cora and our very own Professor Robert Kudarz.
Focusing on the first decade of the 20th century, Magicians in the Golden Age of New Zealand Vaudeville includes Thomas Driver's famed anti-spiritualism performances debunking visiting mediums such as the Australian Charles Bailey. Also explored are the tours of such internationally renowned acts as Chung Ling-Soo, Oscar Kellman and Maskelyne.