Do you have a pair of old "flap slates" in your equipment? Well. It is time to dust off and use them! How? With the aid of a little manuscript by U.F. Grant and H. Adrian Smith. This wonderful little manuscript is full of original and practical ideas with slates that you can use immediately. It sounds strange, but you can perform the tricks detailed in the manuscript exactly as Grant and Smith explains even though the book was written in 1931! (This is magical itself... ).
From the preface:
"In launching our little manuscript upon the world of criticism, we have one aim alone - that of providing the reader with some novel, and, we hope, effective means of using his old spirit slates.
The manuscript cover the following material:
In preparing this work, we have had to resort to the use of two old principles of slate manipulation, namely, the Window Envelope, and the move, which we have called in want of a better name, "A Master Move With Slates". In presenting those two methods, we lay no claim to originality. However, since they may be unfamiliar to many of our readers, they are here included without further apologies for their presence.
Our first effort has been to provide effects which are far from the beaten path. This fact may be readily ascertained by glancing through the pages - for where will effects so far from the beaten path as "Cut and Restored Ribbon" and "A Three Card Monte" with slates be found?
Our work in devising these problems has been truly a labor of love, for if there is anything more enjoyable to the authors than searching for new effects, it is only in performing them. We sincerely hope that you will find our manuscript as interesting as we did in its preparation."
We took the manuscript, digitized, formatted and proofread it carefully so you can easily and pleasantly read it. We hope you will find it interesting and intriguing as we did.
- THE WINDOW ENVELOPE
- THE TELEVISION SLATE
- ANOTHER LIVING AND DEAD MYSTERY
- ANOTHER METHOD
- THE BIRTH OF OLD GLORY
- A POLYCHROMATIC PHANTASY
- A MASTER MOVE WITH SLATES
- TWO MESSAGES WITH ONE FLAP
- TRIPLE MESSAGE WITH ONE FLAP
- A NEW MIRACLE SLATE MYSTERY
- CHALLENGE SLATE, DISK AND RIBBON MYSTERY
- A NEW CARD AND SLATE MYSTERY
- THE THREE CARD MONTE
- THE CUT AND RESTORED RIBBON MYSTERY
- TEN MINUTES WITH THE SPIRIT SLATE
1st edition 1931; 1st digital edition 2015; 26 pages.
word count: 5784 which is equivalent to 23 standard pages of text