This is an obscure but extremely fine lesson in conjuring. It is true that it was written as an introduction for the neophyte, but it is a gem of a book of great value to absolutely anyone regardless of their experience.
The text is very modest - no 'latest novelty' or 'top secret'. Just solid sensible counsel about standard, albeit classic, items from Devant's repertoire. Devant is not simply saying what you might want to hear, he is telling you what he has found to be important. He is treating you the way he would treat a private student. For a book this is quite unusual. Most authors hold back, except for their private students and personal friends.
1st edition 1922; original 152 pages; PDF 70 pages.
Table of Contents
- CHAPTER I: THE THIRTY CARD TRICK
- CHAPTER II: THE CARDS UP THE SLEEVE
- CHAPTER III: THE DIMINISHING CARDS
- CHAPTER IV: THE CRICKET BAT TRICK
- CHAPTER V: THE MULTIPLICATION OF MONEY
- CHAPTER VI: THE COIN AND THE ENVELOPES
- CHAPTER VII: THE DYED HANDKERCHIEFS
- CHAPTER VIII: THE SOUP PLATE AND HANDKERCHIEFS
- CHAPTER IX: THE WATCH, GLASS, AND HANDKERCHIEF
- CHAPTER X: THE LAWYER'S CRACKER
- CHAPTER XI: A SIMPLE THOUGHT-READING EXPERIMENT
- CHAPTER XII: WAR-TIME COOKERY
- CHAPTER XIII: THE EGG BAG
- CHAPTER XIV: THE ROPES AND RINGS
- CHAPTER XV: THE CUPS AND BALLS
- CHAPTER XVI: FLOWERS FROM NOWHERE
- CHAPTER XVII: MY DRAWER-BOX
word count: 33091 which is equivalent to 132 standard pages of text