Far away from London, England,in an Australian city called Sydney, a little off to the side in the suburb of Randwick in New South Wales, Sydney Piddington was born a boy on Tuesday the 14 May 1918. On this day, somewhere in the world, the German and Lithuanian governments signed a Treaty of Alliance, which effectively placed Lithuania under German control.
Sydney Piddington began his career in magic and mentalism in 1935 when, as a 17 year old amateur hobbyist, he joined the Independent Magical Performers of Sydney, the IMPS.
In those, his nursery years of magic, Sydney performed off-the-shelf magic tricks, usually with cards, he had not yet invented any methods of his own. And on the 1st of August 1936 his first real audience was seated at 'A Night Of Magic' at the St James Hall in Sydney. He performed the sleight of hand classic Cards To Pocket, brilliantly demonstrated by American conjurer Pop Hydn on his 'You Tube' channel.
Sydney also demonstrated the wonders of the Silk Jap Box, an empty wooden hand-held box where silks would appear inside of it, and vanish from within its timbers. He performed a variety of classic magician's effects that he had learned from books and magazines and of course the inserted instruction sheets that came with each purchase.
Sydney Piddington had a fascination with 'mind-magic' and the art of mind reading effects, mind control methods and, in particular, thought transference. Studying the work of American magician and inventor of mental and psychic conjurers' effects, Theodore Annemann, who had the real name of Theordore John Squires but liked to be called Ted, Piddington found his magical calling. This branch of magic had already been around for a long time in the 1930s. Among magicians, the mentalism performance that was cited as one of the earliest on record, was by diplomat and pioneering, sleight-of-hand magician, Girolamo Scotto back in 1572.