In general magic books cover a certain subject area. Here a slice through time is offered. The 'Magic Annual' describes the best and most popular effects from one year. (There is a second volume in this series Magic Annual 1938-1939.)
Max Holden writes in the introduction: "Some of the items are new, some are old tricks given a novel twist, while other effects, although known in a general way, are now published in detail for the first time - among these latter, the Hugard Fire Eating Act, Hugard's Bullet Catching Feat and my own presentation of Smoke Pictures. Jean Hugard has given his best, as usual, and I am especially indebted to Daniel Dew whose contribution, 'Walking Through a String of Beads,' is one of the cleverest illusions to be brought out in many a day."
1st edition 1937; 141 pages.
word count: 37923 which is equivalent to 151 standard pages of text